I believe this is the third year in a row when local-sourcing topped restaurant trends as reported by the National Restaurant Association. However, outside of large U.S. cities, I have seen little concern for sourcing or nutrition. Hopefully, this just takes time to register in the heartland and other countries.
Top 10 food trends for 2014:
- Locally-sourced meats and seafood
- Locally-grown produce
- Environmental sustainability
- Healthful kids’ meals
- Gluten-free cuisine
- Hyper-local sourcing (e.g., restaurant gardens)
- Children’s nutrition
- Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g., quinoa, rice, buckwheat)
- Sustainable seafood
- Farm/estate branded items
Shifting taxpayer subsidies from unhealthy to healthy diets and growing local economies in the process.
Who We ServeAround the world women bake the bread and cook the food, however, in the U.S., immigrant women hold less than 8% of professional baking positions. Despite rich food cultures and culinary talent, immigrant women are one of the most vulnerable groups in the …
This Atlantic article shows how young Americans are turning against soft drinks, juice and (gasp!) even beer!
New York City is getting a new beach!
"The area — 11,000 square feet at low tide — will feature sand, terraced seating, a kayak launch, a spot for fishing, tree-lined walkways and concession stands, all just minutes from Wall Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge."
via NYC to build Brooklyn Bridge Beach along East River
Anything that makes the city more livable and resilient is welcome but we still desperately need affordable housing and to foster community’s social networks.
Yes, I am sitting down as I post this, but it is killing me (quite literally)!
Another great infographic can be found here.