The Top 10 Food Trends For 2019, According To Whole Foods

“Twenty-six subject experts from Whole Foods have been convening for four years to predict what’s coming next to their own shelves and to the food world as a whole. These experts range from a master sommelier and global beverage buyer to a senior R&D culinologist to the president of the Whole Kids Foundation to a produce field inspector to a board-certified, internal medicine physician to a global meat buyer; some actually started out working at the store level.

Before I share their predictions with you, what is unsaid is that the chain, now owned by Amazon, has produced the biggest trend in grocery in decades: They have awaken a previously staid industry and revitalized it as chains both large and small are changing the way they look at grocery. Amazon/Whole Foods has also attracted new talent, some from Ivy League schools who might never have thought about a career in grocery, and led other grocers on the same path. For me one of the biggest trends for 2019 will be to watch where Amazon/Whole Foods leads us next.

Now on to Whole Foods’ top 10 food trends:

Pacific Rim flavors is the top trend, with Whole Foods announcing that its Market and 365 Everyday Value brands will launch a new line of products inspired by Pacific Rim fruits like a guava tropical vinaigrette, pineapple passionfruit sparkling mineral water, mango pudding mix and passionfruit coconut frozen fruit bars. It also expect to see ingredients like longganisa (a Filipino pork sausage), dried shrimp, cuttlefish and shrimp paste to appear on restaurant and home menus in dishes from breakfast to dinner. (…)”

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Smorgasburg Brings Its Market Indoors For the Winter

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“Smorgasburg will soon be year-round. The popular food market has taken over a massive weekend space in Fort Greene, as well as teamed up with Vice Media for a Friday night market to run in November and December.”

“For the weekend market, Smorgasburg has taken over 25,000 square feet of space in the Atlantic Center mall across the street from Barclays Center at 625 Atlantic Ave., between South Portland Avenue and Fort Greene Place. About 25 food vendors will appear here, including fan favorites such as salteñas from Bolivian Llama Party and the ramen burger, as well as newcomers like Izakaya’s katsu sando and Mutz, which offers a Sicilian pizza stuffed with meatballs and mozzarella. There will also be a full bar, coffee bar, and bocce court from Bocce USQ (…).”

It starts on Saturday, November 3 and will be on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March, when the outdoor locations will reopen.

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Shoppers Want Deals, Coupons for Groceries More Than Any Other Category

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“The 2018 Purse String Survey reveals that 93 percent of respondents show interest in coupons and deals. Some 82 percent typically use coupons for their routine, weekly grocery shopping trips, and nearly half (47 percent) do so for fill-in trips, as well.

But there’s also a major opportunity for online grocers, according to the research. Grocery ecommerce adoption is on the rise, with 13 percent of respondents saying they are buying more groceries online for delivery compared to last year, and 12 percent saying the same for click-and-collect. Delivery numbers rise even higher for dads and Hispanics, while click-and-collect numbers rise for Millennials and Millennial parents.”

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Why Adda Could Be the Most Exciting New Indian Restaurant in New York

“Even the late Anthony Bourdain — as dedicated to singing his hometown’s praises as he was to ferreting out great food no matter where it hid — could not offer much enthusiasm for New York City’s collection of Indian restaurants. “I cannot recommend any Indian restaurant in New York,” he told Vogue India last year. “I’ve been spoiled.” While the excuse feels somewhat lame, and Bourdain may have been forgetting some standout spots, it’s telling that his comment went more or less overlooked by New York’s legion of culinary defenders, largely because they tend to overlook the city’s Indian restaurants, too — and rarely give the cuisine the same respect that’s afforded to others.

That’s not to say New York City is actually devoid of great Indian food, but it is true that Indian chefs in New York have a difficult time breaking through to mainstream awareness. Adda, which just opened, but is still hiding in Long Island City next to a 7-Eleven and across the street from CUNY’s La Guardia Community College, may be one new restaurant that helps move the needle. The room is so bare-bones casual that it can feel like dinner at a friend’s house that comes with a bill at the end, and an all-day student special takeout lunch box costs just $6.43, but the cooking by chef Chintan Pandya is likely to open more than a few eyes to what “Indian” cooking can really be.”

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11 Recipes All Teens Need to Master Before Graduating High School

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1. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Learning to make both hard-boiled eggs and a basic omelet ensures you will always have a cheap, nutritious option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To make hard-boiled eggs, place eggs in a pot and cover them with at least an inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for one minute. Shut off the heat, cover the pot and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the hot water after 10 minutes and let the eggs cool before trying to peel them.

2. An Omelet

Watch chef Jamie Oliver make the perfect omelet on YouTube; he demonstrates a completely unfussy, fool-proof technique for making a basic cheese omelet. As you master the basics, try tossing some chopped fresh spinach leaves into the center before folding for added nutrition.

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How the Union Square Partnership puts on the ‘best food event’ in New Yorks’

The 23rd annual Harvest in the Square will

As Harvest in the Square, a fundraising event put on by the Union Square Partnership and a favorite of foodies in the area, gears up for its 23rd edition later this month, patrons and sponsors alike reminisce on the good it has done for the neighborhood and look toward the park’s promising future still ahead.

These days, the partnership funds the park’s repairs, seasonal plantings, and seating area additions, but it also focuses on providing the neighborhood with a series of free programs year-round. From cooking demos with some of the city’s best chefs to outdoor concerts and film screenings, the organization offers events to maintain Union Square’s booming reputation, all free of cost.

This year’s Harvest in the Square will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20. Tickets start at $125, or $150 on the day, and can be purchased at www.harvestinthesquare.nyc

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Restaurant Finance and Development Conference 2014

Every November, TaraPaige heads to Las Vegas to attend the annual Restaurant Finance and Development Conference. The conference is attended by restaurant CEO’s, owners, operators, and finance professionals from all over the country. Attendees have the opportunity to meet, mingle and learn from investment firms, real estate developers, and other financial firms to source financing, make deals, and locate new business opportunities. Each year brings a new set of hot topics regarding the current lending and investment environment for food enterprises.

As we begin 2015, we would like to share with you a few of TaraPaige’s key takeaways from this year’s conference.

  1. Markets Are Still Strong! Contrary to popular belief, recent markets conditions are still promising for the restaurant industry. It is understood that restaurant sales follow consumer discretionary income and with recent index highs, increased household income, and more diverse dining options than ever before, we can expect total restaurant sales to benefit. Even since 2009, the U.S. restaurant industry has returned to historical growth rates, with total sales rising about 3 percent a year, slightly ahead of inflation.
  1. Capital Raising – Know Your Audience: Raising capital for your enterprise is never an easy feat, but knowing the stage of growth for your business is key. First time owners and operators will typically source initial funding from friends, family or themselves as banks and institutional investors are often weary of new concepts without a proven business model. For institutional capital, lenders and investors like to see a clear path for growth, strong cash flow, and established operations. This is also geared towards later-stage growth companies looking for larger capital commitments. High net worth individuals may be another financing opportunity for those who have the right concept, created the connection, and are looking for a substantial investment and partnership.
  1. Casual Dining Revival: Perhaps the forsaken stepchild of recent years, casual dining is at an interesting turning point. After seeing a significant evolution from family dining, to the popularization of ethnic foods and a focus on healthy cuisine, owners and operators are looking to reset and restart growth in this category. Strong brand positioning, concept differentiation, target market knowledge, and end-to-end engagement across the organization will contribute to positive growth. After all, consumers will make their choice by brands and experiences, not based on industry dining segments.
  1. Future Food Trends: By the time you’ve nailed down the current food trends, it’s likely the industry has already moved on. However, there are a number of movements that have made their way across dining segments and different concepts across the country. Ever since the explosion of ethnic and fusion cuisine, flavor and more specifically, spice is here to stay. Consequently, menu differentiation and chef-driven concepts have soared in popularity. Seasonality and local-sourcing now play a large role in menu items while non-traditional menu structures such as small and shared plates are popping up everywhere.

The restaurant industry is constantly evolving, with new opportunities for growth and investment each year. The Restaurant Finance and Development Conference offers great networking opportunities, but also insight into practical operational and financial topics presented by the top experts in the industry. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and will see you again next year!