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Fall Food and Beverage Trends
Temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors and every drink is pumpkin flavored, which can only mean one thing—fall is here. And while there are tons of classic fall dishes, we couldn’t help but take a peek at what’s new this fall. So check out the six fall food and beverage trends we are most excited about.
If you’re active on Instagram, you’ve no doubt run into the latest purple-colored dessert craze, Ube. The purple yam is popular in Filipino cooking and has made its way to the U.S. via Manila Social Club. Though many have had trouble pinpointing the exact flavor, some say it’s similar to white chocolate. The yam is being used across the country in cakes, donuts, ice cream and waffles, among other desserts.
Millennials now make up a large portion of the wine consumer market, and they’re not likely going to drop a pretty penny on wine. As a result, many sommeliers are turning to lesser-known wine regions like Portugal and Hungary to build out restaurant wine menus. So although expensive bottles of Bordeaux will always make an appearance on wine lists, keep an eye out for glasses from fringe wine regions.
Nordic Food Movement
Though it’s still in its initial stages, the Nordic Food Movement is sweeping through America. The movement emphasizes returning balance to the earth and features garden scraps, cellared vegetables, unripe fruit, conifers, buttermilk and whey. Rocks, shells and twigs are often used as serving pieces, and cooking techniques include drying, smoking, pickling and curing.
It’s not news that the cider craze has boomed over the past few years. But it’s now popping up as a cocktail ingredient in bar programs across the country. Expect to see cider sangria or cider margaritas on menus this fall. And be sure to warm up with a hot cider whiskey or rum cocktail sometime this season.
It’s official—poke is here to stay. The popular Hawaiian dish has been popping up in fast-casual restaurants here in the mainland and it’s now taking over the menus of upscale seafood restaurants. The dish most often features raw fish, rice, sauce and vegetables, but a number of spin-offs are making waves as well.
Tea and ginger beer cocktails
The Moscow Mule has quickly become a favorite summer cocktail and many variations have begun making an appearance on bar programs. This fall, be on the lookout for other creative ginger beer cocktails as well as cocktails made with tea. These new mixers will be replacing traditional juices and sodas in fall-themed beverages.
Now that you’re mouth is watering, book a dining experience or cocktail reception to enjoy these trendy dishes and cocktails. And don’t forget to point out the fall food and beverage trends to your guests to look like a total rockstar.
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