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2011 Food Trend Predictions

What Food Trends Will Be Huge in 2011?

It's only natural to start off a brand-new year wondering what it has in store. Last January we predicted — and proceeded to witness — the proliferation of sustainable seafood, ramen, macarons, and neo tiki culture. We didn't call it, but vegivorism, savory oatmeal, and pumpkin fro-yo were huge, too.

For 2011, here's my forecast: There'll be even more small fish like sardines and smelt in the sea; steel-cut oatmeal is going to be big-time; yuba will be the new edamame; uni should top everything, from pizza and pasta to steak and fish. Oh, and let's not forget about boutique supermarkets and specialty shops. What are your predictions?

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Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 6 years
Also, I've seen a lot of recipes that call for roasted grapes. I think small-batch everything will turn big, and pimento cheese will go beyond the South and Southern-inspired dining.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I just remembered the one I was thinking about over the holidays: Celebrity Foodies. They are going to be huge. Mark my words. It's like when being a fashion designer was so in, now everyone from Gywneth Paltrow to Debi Mazar are doing food industry stuff.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Oooooh. Consumers will insist like never before that food companies and restaurants offer more reduced-sodium options, and they will finally (!) begin to listen. OK...I'm having entirely too much fun with this thread.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
*shaking up Magic 8 Ball* Vegetarianism and veganism will become even more mainstream. Even devote carnivores (and baconvores!) will look to add more meatless options to their diet. With the economy as it is, more people will opt to support local Mom and Pop restaurants with their limited dining out funds as opposed to the generic corporate chains. And cheese will be the new wine! :feedme:
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
Pretzels. Dining as an experience where it's all about the people you are with. Breakfast sandwiches. Intimate dinner parties.
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