2019’s Top 20 Food and Drink Buzzwords
Posted: Jan. 03, 2019
Start the new year with 2019’s hottest food and drink buzzwords.
Ring in the new year with the top 20 food and drink buzzwords from .
Topped on cakes, whipped into smoothies, and added as bright, colorful garnishes for salads, edible flowers are back (although were they ever really gone?). Some of this year’s favorite edible flowers will be squash blossoms (like these ricotta-stuffed ones from Steven Starr’s ), (in tea form, in particular), and the peppery . For menu inspiration, see the flower-focused restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, that was created in honor of Queen Sirikit of Thailand, a flower and botany enthusiast.
Floral Water Infusion
From edible flowers to flower-infused waters, 2019 is predicted to be the year of the flower! even lists floral patterns as a leading design trend for 2019….
Hemp and Cannabis Drinks
Another flora-based trend for the new year is hemp and cannabis in everything. The is now, and we can expect to see more hemp-infused cocktails, drinks, and beer in restaurants and on supermarket shelves.
Low-Calorie Vegan Ice Cream
äagen-Dazs, and Breyers. is a trend that’s here to stay; in 2019, ice cream is the next food type to break with tradition. In grocery stores, some notable vegan ice cream brands include Halo Top, Arctic Zero, So Delicious, and Wink Frozen Desserts. The major ice cream players are also diving into the trend, including Ben and Jerry’s, H
“Umami-Boosting, Meat-Aging Koji”
Koji is an umami-boosting mold that has been used for centuries in Japan to age meat beautifully. Recently, it’s been used by Western chefs. It’s never eaten on its own, and , smells “floral, yeasty, and citrusy.” Since umami— —is known for turning an average dish into an addictive flavor bomb, we are excited to see how US chefs integrate koji into our dining landscape.
A long-time favorite of vegans and vegetarians, oat milk was the hottest milk substitute in 2018. It was so popular that there was an unexpected oat milk shortage, and to meet demand, producer Oatly Inc. had to by 50%. In 2019, it’s expected to go mainstream.
If you run a , start offering oat milk as a plant-based, dairy-free milk option. Not only does the milk sub fit into the of 2018, but baristas also approve of it, too! Oat milk has a light, hearty flavor and a creamy texture that makes it perfect for foamy cappuccino designs. Baum + Whiteman is betting that oat milk will wipe out other milk substitutes while boosting the popularity of other oat products in the process.
In the last few years, US-based chefs have integrated many new, exotic spices and herbs into their dishes, and the shiso leaf is predicted to be the newest addition to their repertoire. In Japanese cooking, shiso leaf is a common herb. It’s aromatic and the taste is best described as sharp; crossing into the flavor profiles of citrus leaves, mint, Thai basil, and cilantro—without fitting into any one exclusively. It’s a large herb, making it ideal for wrapping, and versatile, working well with fish, meat, poultry, and vegetables.
“Food from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Other Inaccessible Places”
Finally, Eastern foods from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan get some recognition. (We share more in
Israeli Food Popularity Growth Continues
Like all beloved Mediterranean cuisines, garlic, good olive oil, and fresh ingredients are highlighted; and Israeli food is no exception. Jerusalem: A Cookbook (written by Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and restaurateur credited for “ of the British cooking scene” in London) made it onto almost all US Top Cookbook Lists in 2018, and across the country, Israeli restaurants opened with great success and applause.
Recipes include vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options that appease the most carnivorous appetites and feature varying succulent meats and marinades, all of which is often shared family style. Exotic yet familiar, healthy yet satisfying, Israeli food is expected to continue winning over the American consumer in 2019.
Considering how popular Israeli food is getting, it’s no surprise that is a 2019 food buzzword.
Or ; a sesame-seed-based condiment ubiquitous across the Middle East.
The perfect comfort food is , a traditional Georgian specialty of cheesy bread. Adventurous can add a khatchapuri twist to one of their pies.
Asian Pastry Shops
Serious Eats writes the most The first time you walk into a Chinese bakery is a little like stepping into Willy Wonka's factory.” There are buns (baked and steamed) filled with red bean paste, coconut flakes, hot dogs, sweet and savory pulled pork, or salted egg yolks. That’s not including the gelatinous desserts or spongy cakes. If you’re lucky enough to have an Asian pastry shop in your neighborhood, consider partnering with them and selling their wares for a dessert special this coming Chinese New Year. of an Asian pastry shop: “
The is in full throttle. If you run a , check out the latest technology buzzword of 2019: pour-your-own-beer taps. Using modern POS technology to measure the amount of beer poured and charge accordingly, personal taps can be added to every table or to create a centralized wall of taps.
Safe Duck and Chicken Liver Preparations
As refrigeration technology has gotten better and restaurants are working closer than ever with their producers, Baum + Whiteman predicts that duck and chicken liver will make a comeback in 2019.
“No-Alcohol Cocktails at Fancy Martini Prices”
Are bars posing as juice shops in 2019? Time will tell. The were health-focused, featuring cannabis-infused drinks, vegetable bases (instead of fruit), and fermented drinks. In the new year, we can expect cocktail menus to continue focusing on health and wellness, but this time, with cocktails sans alcohol. But unlike the average juicery, these drinks will still cost upwards of $15 to $20 in swanky bar settings.
Another drink buzzword of 2019 highlights how much consumers want to drink without the calories of hard liquor. Enter: hard seltzer. a refreshing alternative which, with fewer calories and about half the carbs of beer, has been getting some buzz as the health-conscious alcoholic beverage of the season. Another bonus? Because hard seltzer is low in sugar, it’s less likely to lead to killer .” In accordance with the many other related food and drinks trends, hard seltzer sounds like it will be a consumer favorite this year. describes the drink as “
With the in 2018 and its influence on the American cooking scene, it’s no wonder that a common Filipino fruit makes the 2019 buzzword list. Sour calamansi, more commonly known as calamondin, is a small, yellow citrus fruit used in marinades and lemonades in the Phillippines. It’s refreshing, tart, and sour (Did you see that for 2019?).
Szechuan Peppercorns in Hot Pots and Dry Pots
The spicy Chinee peppercorn makes a comeback in .
King Oyster Mushrooms
It’s not clear why Baum + Whiteman added king oyster mushrooms to their 2019 buzzwords list. It could be due to their fleshy texture and deep, woodsy flavors, making them a great vegetarian substitute to meats. Whatever the reason may be, the restaurant consultants tend to accurately predict food and dining trends well in advance.
Start the year on the right food: .
Posted: Jan. 03, 2019 | Written By: Emma Alois
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