Ambar in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., offers a taste of the Balkans in dishes like the Balkan Kebab, called cevapi.
By Flavor & The Menu January 9, 2020
Factors driving the interest in Balkan cuisine include consumer travel experiences: Adriatic destinations are among the hottest cruise ship ports of call in recent years, exposing consumers to the culture, cuisine and charm of the region.
SHARON OLSON, Founder & Executive Director, Culinary Visions
Balkan flavor profiles are a great entry point for operators who want to extend into proteins like lamb and pork, where a combination of spices and herbs can shine. Exploration here also means new side offerings like fire-roasted vegetables, pickled sides and a variety of spicy condiments. There’s also more opportunity to play with flavor toppings on burgers, flatbreads or sandwiches. Here, the use of bold flavors and spices can also create more healthful cuisines, used in place of added salt, sugar or fat.
DINA PAZ, Culinary Director, SRG
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.From the January-February 2020 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & the Menu