If you read just one trend piece this year, make it this report from Andrew Freeman & Company. It's extensive, which means there are some sort of tired trends, especially if you're a food blogger who reads trend reports every year (Yuzu? Sure, in 2008.)
It also means, though, that there are a few predictions that feel genuinely fresh, even to this jaded blogger. My votes for A&F's most daring, and most interesting, predictions:
- The rise of Hungarian foods, drinks and flavors: Was this a predictor?
- Hand-pulled noodles: I know next to nothing about them, so obviously I'm intrigued
- Edible landscapes: For A&F, this is about creating gorgeous dishes that look like nature, but I initially read it as creating tables with edible centerpieces - both interesting concepts
- Snow ice from Taiwan: Possibly a flash-in-the-pan trend, but still genuinely new
- Mixed drinks on tap: The opposite of artisanal cocktails that take 15 minutes to make - I think I like it
- Schnitzel in a sandwich: What's not to like? And actually, this fits with a few other predictions, all around the rise of German/Eastern European cuisine