Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

Author: Robin Schempp

Middle Eastern Momentum American menus are embracing the big, bold flavors of the Middle East

Meze for sharing: Typical of Middle Eastern cuisine are the small plates of brightly flavored dips and bites. At Shaya in New Orleans, meze dishes range from labneh to baba ghanouj to a variety of pickles. PHOTO CREDIT: Graham Blackall Did anyone else notice that this year’s James Beard Awards for both “Best New Restaurant” and “Best International Cookbook” went to two chefs/restaurateurs who focus on Israeli food? Meanwhile, Jerusalem-born Yotam Ottolenghi, one of the most celebrated chefs and cookbook authors in the United Kingdom, opens doors to the multiculturalism of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine with each and...

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10 Cocktail Micro Trends

Best of FlavorTop 10 Trends PHOTO CREDIT: In the big, fresh, juicy world of cocktails, trends can be as fleeting as a shot of Fernet-Branca or as long-lived as a well-made Martinez cocktail. Operators can choose to jump in or stand by. In this issue, we report on macro trends spilling out of the shakers of cocktail destinations, industry events and cocktail experts. But burgeoning micro trends, like these, also challenge us to find room on our menus. 1. VODKA Not long ago, serious cocktail bars were quick to snub this once-coveted spirit. The less pretentious people-first movement is...

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India Emerging Contemporary touches are creating renewed interest in Indian cuisine

Best of FlavorTop 10 Trends Indian cuisine answers today’s call for shareable, social, customizable dining experiences. PHOTO CREDIT: Indian cuisine answers today’s call for shareable, social, customizable dining experiences. Seventeen years ago, venerated gourmand and The New York Times reviewer Ruth Reichl began her review: “Really good restaurants are love or hate propositions.” The subject of her review was the newest in Danny Meyer’s budding Union Square Hospitality Group empire and his only non-American themed location: Tabla—a “contemporary Indian” restaurant. No wonder. On the one hand, Indian food has all of the things we crave: bold, spicy, exotic. On...

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