Love food? So do we, which is why Megan is here to tell you the must have items for your menu this year!
“Every new year means new and exciting food trends to be on the lookout for! As an event planner, I’m always looking to make sure I’m on top of all the current trends for my clients. While some of these foods are not necessarily new, they have proved that they are here to stay for 2016.
Is Poke the new Sushi?! Looks like we’ll be seeing this Hawaiian dish more frequently. Poke (pronounced “po-kay”) is raw fish made into cubes and marinated. Also following the newest “bowl” food trend, Poke is a fun way to deconstruct your sushi roll into one big bowl. If you’re an avid sushi lover on the lookout for something new, definitely check out this fun dish.
Goodbye kale and hello seaweed! With tons of antioxidants and nutritious benefits, it’s the superfood of 2016. Seaweed can be eaten by itself or mixed into tons of dishes. We can’t wait to see what creative seaweed recipes people come up with!
Veggies, veggies, and more veggies!
Eating healthy is important and more dishes are becoming vegan, gluten free, and Paleo friendly by replacing pasta and rice with veggies such as zucchini noodles (Zoodles) and cauliflower rice. Now more than ever it’s quick and easy to eat a healthy, but absolutely delicious meal. Grab yourself a spiralizer and start cookin’!
African & Middle Eastern Flavors
Ethnic condiments and spices are popping up left and right. According to the National Restaurant Association, more chefs are reporting a growing interest in using these ethnic spices like dukkah, berbere and za’atar, just to name a few! Bursting with flavor in every bite, these spices are a major game changer.
Doughnuts are not going away anytime soon. In fact, these are being incorporated into fun and unique displays at events, like the cool doughnut pegboard wall at the ArtEdge Gala in Chicago! Doughnuts are being baked with the craziest flavors such as coconut bacon, lemon ricotta, and peanut butter with sriracha. We all know that struggle of having to decide what we want to buy when there are too many amazing options, and now it just got 10 times harder. Caution: it may become difficult to not buy a dozen at a time.
Baum + Whiteman is predicting that the Sandwich of the Year will be Fried Chicken. We are seeing fried chicken pop up everywhere; whether on a sandwich, waffle, or just served plain, this bird is taking over! So open that honey mustard, ranch, or my personal favorite, Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, and enjoy every crispy bite!
Bagels are getting revamped. Check out this VERY POPULAR Williamsburg joint called The Bagel Store. Forget cronuts, The Bagel Store has Bagels and Cragels, AKA half bagel, half croissant. How delicious does that sound?! Rich colors make these bagels appealing, however, the best part may be the cotton candy and funfetti cream cheese to finish it off! You don’t have to be in Williamsburg to enjoy this treat – they ship nationwide if you’re lucky to get your order in early enough!
Ok – leave your diets at the door for this treat! Milkshakes are back and hotter than ever! Or should I say colder than ever. Black Tap NYC is helping to make milkshakes a popular trend by going all out with their milkshakes. With a variety of flavors like Oreo, peanut butter, and black cherry these milkshakes are created to look like pieces of art (art that you want to devour the minute you see it of course). At $15 each, these milkshakes may be over the top, but who doesn’t love a good milkshake?
Last but certainly not least is the all-time favorite: Bacon. This trend has been popular for the past few years. We’re still seeing bacon chocolate, bacon doughnuts, bacon garnishes and bacon displays at events. Once a favorite, always a favorite with this crunchy sweet and savory deliciousness.”
So whether you are looking to make menu selections for your next event or out to eat with friends and family, keep your eye out for these delicious eats. We bet you’re hungry after reading this post…we know we are!