Top Ten Side Dish Trends
(November 3, 2010) The Food Channel® (foodchannel.com)
has released its top ten side dish trends, the latest in its
regular trend reports prepared in conjunction with CultureWaves,
Mintel International, and the International Food Futurists.
"Side dishes used to be one of those things you could ignore,"
said Kay Logsdon, editor in chief of The Food Channel. "They
were just 'there.' But lately we've noticed that side dishes
are a prominent part of the meal-to the point of overtaking
the center-of-the-plate." Logsdon added, "In a hurting
economy, anything that stretches the meal is in high favor.
The rise in ethnic influences, regional dishes, and fresh seasonal
availability has all influenced this trend."
The side dish trends, sponsored by McCain® Harvest Splendor®
Sweet Potato Selections, include:
1. Intentionally Seasonal . Lately we've become
more intentional about eating with the seasons. We think it's
because we recognize the sheer joy that comes from freshly picked
vegetables and fruits shining up from a side dish.
Grow Your Own . Whether it's a back yard affair, a
community garden, or produce from a Community Supported Agriculture
farm, gardens are big.
A Toast to Roasted . Roasted is the new grilled, the
new fried, the "why didn't we think of this before"
preparation that adds a depth of flavor to side dishes.
You Say Potato . In fact, say it over and over again,
because potatoes are creeping back onto our plates. But, they
are healthier and more interesting, and-if you've noticed-more
likely to be sweet potatoes than anything else.
Rice is Nice . The new whole grain rice blends are
shaking up the side of the plate with fancy risottos and new
strains. Black rice, red rice, all of a sudden, it seems, there
is a plethora of new varieties.
The New American Regional . It may be nostalgia, it
may be wanderlust-whatever the reason, people love to know the
food's histoy. And side dishes are just full of great stories
and regional influences.
Taking Root . No longer relegated to cold-weather-only
status, root veggies are now available year-round and appreciated
for their hearty flavor, versatility--and, oh yeah, the price
is right for these tough economic times.
Ethnic Side Lines . Over the years we've embraced ethnic
main dishes to the point of fully acclimating them into the
American menu. Well, now we're beginning to notice those things
on the side.
The Incredible Shrinking Protein . We've pushed protein
to the side and elevated, well, the side. As that happens, the
side dishes grow in variety and stature.
Color Is Hot . These days it's all about purple cauliflower,
purple potatoes, and corn. Consumers are learning that brightly
colored fruits and vegetables are often the healthiest--loaded
with antioxidants and phytonutrients.
"Side dishes are really starting to get some attention,
especially the consumer interest in sweet potatoes, and are
growing in importance and prominence on today's menus. As the
industry leader across the category, we are excited to sponsor
and provide recipes for the top ten side dish trend feature
on The Food Channel," said Carole McCarthy, director of
marketing for McCain Foods.
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