Food Trends

What's hot? Chowhounds discuss what foods are trending. Weigh in on the debates over the latest new things.

Food Trend Predictions for 2019

Full disclosure: I can’t see into the future. If I could, I certainly wouldn’t have drained my 401k for all that MoviePass stock. But I do have a feeling in my gut (which–full disclosure–is ample) regarding...

Cabbage shortage hits South Korea's kimchi culture

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 days ago

" . . . The damage has left households struggling to find affordable cabbages to turn into the spicy pickle, which accompanies almost every meal in South Korea and has become a popular 'superfood' ...

A conversation with food researcher Ariana Gunderson on recreating food in pandemic literature

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 days ago

Another Decameron project with some observations on the use of comfort food in stressful times.

America Has Lost Its Taste for Iceberg Lettuce

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 days ago

The rise of kale shown here is no surprise. But I'll speak up for escarole . . . I love making Italian wedding soup. Wedge salads using iceberg lettuce have been on many take-out menus during the p...

Just Eat It: Documentary & Panel Discussion, 10/16

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 15 days ago

"Please join the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Merced for a panel discussion with producer Jen Rustemeyer from the documentary film, 'Just Eat It'. The event will be hel...

Marketers say pandemic has raised interest in produce

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

". . . 'Cost, taste and variety are traditionally the most important reasons people choose a restaurant, followed by convenience,' Li said. 'What's in the No. 1 position now is cleanliness and sani...

The red abalone is dying off

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

“For people who think they don’t like fish…it’s amazing to see their eyes just sparkle when they take a bite and go ‘this is absolutely incredible,’” says Joe Cresalia, a recreational diver who liv...

What's with all these craft beers?

by gutreactions 2 years ago

Caught a commentary by commentator/comedian Jim Gaffigan on CBS Sunday Morning Show this past weekend lambasting the explosion of craft beers/microbreweries around the country. It struck me as true...

Restaurant Critics Not Writing Dine-in Reviews

by exit2lef 5 months ago

I've noticed some dining critics writing essays in which they proclaim that they will not resume reviewing restaurants based on on-site dining, even as restaurants reopen their dining rooms in many...

The Silent Suffering of Cafeteria Workers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . This spring and summer, thousands of K–12 cafeteria workers across the country continued working at schools that were closed to students, making sure that the millions of children who rely ...

NY Times: America at Hunger's Edge

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

". . . In the pandemic economy, nearly one in eight households doesn’t have enough to eat. . . . Treating hunger as a temporary emergency, instead of a symptom of systemic problems, has always inf...

Sales at San Francisco Restaurants Have Dropped By 91 Percent

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Based on aggregated and anonymous credit card sales data obtained by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce: • San Francisco restaurant sales are down 84 percent year-over-year, comparing July...

Free School Meals for Kids extended through December 31, 2020

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

One piece of good news on Monday . . . under pressure from Congress and child hunger advocates, the USDA reversed itself to extend free meals for children through year-end. While this does not cove...

Op-Ed: The successful reopening of restaurants might lie in pedestrian-only streets

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . An innovative alternative is to temporarily close main streets to cars, and repurpose that space. That means instead of narrow sidewalks there will be plenty of room for pedestrian flow. An...

Garlic. Peeled? Unpeeled?

by StevietheFish 3 months ago

I have been seeing, with increasing frequency, recipes that call for adding whole garlic cloves with the peel on. This seems to be a recent innovation. I don't recall ever seeing this in older cook...

Vegetable crop planting uncertainties

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The latest shutdown order doesn't have an expiration date, leading Shaw to predict depressed markets could last into August, as restaurants don't know when they'll be able to resume indoor ...

Seafood consumption statistics in the U.S. (pre-pandemic)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . The exact numbers are this: 56% of seafood is purchased at a retail outlet like a grocery store or fish market, while 31% is purchased at restaurants (the remaining percentages are personal...

How Do Americans Feel About Eating At Restaurants Right Now?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . With social distancing guidelines across the country in flux, the online neighborhood hub Nextdoor asked 745,000 people in the U.S. how they feel about dining in — or out. The survey, condu...

Branching out to a new plant-based ingredient made from wood

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . Arbiom got its start by breaking down wood through natural fermentation, akin to what mushrooms that grow on tree stumps do, to look for the chemical compounds that are produced and could b...

For a cold, heartless robot, Sally makes a decent salad

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . Even before COVID-19 forced more than 5.9 million U.S. restaurant employees out of work in March and April, according to Restaurant Business magazine, California’s restaurant industry was f...