food trends Archives

The Grease Remember January? That chilly month right after Christmas with the cheap gas? January is when Chipotle famously stopped serving pork carnitas in about a third of its 1700 restaurants, in a crisis of conscience-slash-marketing epiphany that arose when the chain learned one of… Read More >

Allergy study finds a peanut, eats it anyway It took a while to locate Bamba at the local Walmart. No surprise there. A peanut-flavored snack for infants and toddlers? That would be in the “As If” aisle, with the kiddie caffeine and the diet bacon…. Read More >

Work Spouse Twenty years ago, if you wanted to turn food into teensy even pieces you could chop it with a knife, shred it with a grater, pulverize it in a mortar or a food processor, skin it with a vegetable peeler, or blow it… Read More >

First Love In retrospect, you were probably a little in love with the whole Picardie family. They were cheerful and noisy and seemed to be everywhere—delivering orange juice to schoolchildren, lined three-deep at the bar, steaming with espresso in the coffee shop. Then one day,… Read More >

Ramps: The State of the Onion The ramp is a wild green with a zesty bite that appears for a scant few weeks in early spring hither and yon in shady, mountainous parts of North America. Has forever. Then the darn hipsters got ahold of… Read More >

Is This Heaven? A Chocolate Lounge in Asheville (and a Liquid Truffle Recipe) Forget about that other “most wonderful time of the year.” The off-radar interval after Christmas is better. It’s the bonus time, the time that time forgot, and the best time to steal… Read More >

The Gift Guide for That Friend Who Has More Sky Miles Than the CEO of Delta There is something about lover’s of food that goes hand-in-hand with traveling. Whether it be scouring the globe for inspiring ingredients, traveling miles out of the way for a… Read More >

From Chippy to Gastropub, the Successful Evolution from One Concept to Many In the midst of planning for the rapidly approaching opening of his new concept, Oli Bea’s, I grabbed a few minutes with Chef-Owner Jeffrey DeAlejandro of the Crown and Goose in Knoxville, Tennessee… Read More >

Big Batch Cocktails for Fall Festivities Still haven’t settled on your Halloween big batch brew? We called up cocktail expert Zach Calfee of Armada Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee for a few last-minute recipes to impress your guests. Specializing in prohibition-era cocktails, Zach explained a few… Read More >

A Blogging Chef’s Perspective on Climbing the Restaurant Ladder Meet Chef Charles Hunter III. The Southern chef inspired by heritage-rich ingredients and traditional French preparation, he’s blogging his way through the industry from food trucks to formal fare. Explore his beautiful photography as you work… Read More >

An Exhaustive Guide to Asheville, North Carolina for Epicureans When I traveled to Asheville for my first Food Blog Forum, I wasn’t certain what to expect. Would the bloggers be foodies? Tech geniuses? Maybe they would all be brilliant writers. Turns out, they are all… Read More >

From Baking to Sipping, Asheville has a Beer for That Asheville, North Carolina is home to the nation’s highest brewery per capita rate with approximately one brewery per 8,000 residents. While visiting for the 2014 Food Blog Forum, Highland Brewing graciously hosted the Taste of… Read More >

Nicole Anhalt Combines Classic Culinary Skill with Precision Cocktail Production Classically trained as a pastry chef, Nicole Anhalt knew that the food and beverage industry was just the place she wanted to call home. Keen on increasing her knowledge base out of school in Charleston,… Read More >

For Today’s Trendy Chef: The Apple Watch for Prep to PR 1. There is no doubt that shortly after the Apple Watch hits the market there will be a recipe app just for the watch. With over 1 million apps already in existence, it’s inevitable…. Read More >

Life, Love, and Good Food: The Blog for the Hopeless Foodie Meet Sheila Thigpen, the writer behind the food blog Life, Love, and Good Food. Her blog is best described as a well curated collection of approachable recipes. When visiting, you’ll find a good combination… Read More >

Serve Up a Scare With Paula Deen’s Favorite “Cauldron” from Lodge With the first few football games under our belt, the pumpkin beverages making their debut, and the kiddos back to school, it’s time to start planning for all the fall festivities. Luckily, Paula Deen… Read More >

The Life of Your Dairy According to Cruze Farm Girl The last time you sat down to a good meal, chances are you thanked the chef and thought little about the farmer who provided the ingredients. It’s true, much of the credit does go to… Read More >

Chef Justin Burdett Presents a Flavor-Focused, Locally Inspired Taste of Appalachia When you walk into Ruka’s Table in Highlands, North Carolina, prepare to be transported to a place a bit earthier that what has become the norm in the mountain vacation town. Home to just… Read More >

The Chef for the Foraging, Nose-to-Tail, Militant Locovore Next time you are headed down US 64 in North Carolina, make plans to stop at Ruka’s Table in the bustling, summer town of Highlands. It’s just on the outskirts of town and if you’ve made it… Read More >

How to Add Flavor to Your Favorite Grilled Meals Grilling is an art form. It’s not something you should do haphazardly or on a whim. It requires a bit of finesse and planning ahead. While the process may require a bit more effort than say… Read More >

Take Your Grilling Mastery to the Next Level with these Three Methods When it comes to grilling, humanity has had thousands of years to come up with new, creative ways to complicate things. Admittedly, the majority of these complications are utterly delicious so I suppose… Read More >

The Food Trends that Drove Restaurant Equipment Sales in 2013 From the Cronut to craft beers, Sriracha to kale, there were some major trends in the food world in 2013. There’s evidence some of those drove purchases of restaurant equipment made through KaTom in the… Read More >

Trending Home Kitchen Products of 2013, from Home Ice Makers to Stand Mixers It is always the case that just as we get used to a new year, it ends and the next one begins. Although 2013 seems to have flown by, it did generate… Read More >

The Healthy Eater For the person in your life who knows the difference between a vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian and also claims to be one Possibly referred to as a rabbit and likely been seen drinking oddly colored breakfast smoothies, let us introduce you to… Read More >

The Baker For the person responsible for killing your New Year’s resolution — every year There are two main categories of baker we will consider here: The perfectionist who can both dream up and properly execute baked goods that look crafted by the hands of… Read More >

Leftover Swap App has Admirable Goal – Eliminating Food Waste – but Would You be Willing to Finish a Stranger’s Dinner? OK, we all know we Americans, as a nation, produce too much food waste. The United States had – which means ate, fed to… Read More >

Natural Foods Yesterday, I was shopping for apples at my local supermarket when I realized that I had a huge decision to make, whether to purchase conventionally grown apples or organically grown apples. While standing there, each option in hand, I began to wonder about… Read More >