New Year, New Flavors
It’s a New Year and once again all across the food world we’re seeing predictions on what the big flavor trends will be in the year to come. American palates continue to evolve and that’s reflected in the continuing growth and expansion of the cuisines and ingredients that are poised to become more prominent on the nation’s menus. While new flavors offer exciting opportunities to operators, they also bring their own challenges, particularly how to rapidly incorporate the flavors into your menu without sacrificing your concept’s sense of self. To combat this challenge, many operators are creating dishes that allow for easy customization; dishes that can easily swap in new proteins or that lend themselves to a variety of sauces and condiments. This allows consumers seek out new flavor trends they can be easily added to the menu. Creating a menu with customization in mind means thinking of dishes not as static entities but rather as templates that can be easily adapted to latest flavor sensations. It’s a shift in approach that’s allowing leading operators to take advantage of the latest food intel without reinventing their menu over and over. Keep this approach in mind as 2017 delivers a new array of exciting and intriguing flavor trend predictions!