OK, I'm going to step carefully here because I don't want to sound like I'm stereotyping, sexist, or over-generalizing.
I've been aggressively dating after a rough break up and have meeting a lot of people at cooking events and dinners. My last relationship started when she tried my chocolate mousse. Hopefully I can cook my way to romance again.
That said, I don't know the people I'm meeting well enough to be familiar with their particular food preferences, so I'm looking for some general trends. What kind of food do women in their 20's like? The most obvious patterns I've noticed are sweeter flavors, things that seem healthy (salads), and for some, cheese.
Like I said, I know food preferences are deeply personal, complicated, and not something that can be derived from one's gender - but there may be some trends I could cook towards that would help me stand out a bit better at the next potluck. Most of these people aren't foodies, so I'm guessing they'd be less impressed with foodie-oriented indulgences (offal, complicated preparations, peasant food, etc).
So, if you're in demographic I'm speaking of, I'd appreciate it if you chimed in and gave me some suggestions. Are you a crab person or a steak person? Would I be better suited bringing lamb with cumin and coriander to my next gathering, honey mustard steelhead, or something completely different?