5 Food Trends That Aren't Going to Happen Anytime Soon, Seriously, You Guys

Categories: Food Nation

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Hot off the heels of the annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, food bloggers and industry outlets are furiously compiling lists of food trends for 2012 and beyond based on displays, samples and wares from the three-day-long trade show.

Nation's Restaurant News says that the trendy takeaways from the NRA Show are things like "customizable coffee," "molecular for the masses" and -- naturally -- gluten-free and other assorted hypoallergenic foods. Food trucks and wine (imagine that!) are some of the "lasting trends" compiled by Smart Blogs post-NRA Show.

And some of these "trends" are more or less a given. But what about the ones that we keep promoting year after year, yet never catch on?

To quote Regina in the seminal teen drama Mean Girls: "Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen."

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Egusi and fufu are waiting for you at Finger Licking Bukateria.
5. Fondue

I love my grandparents, but I never understood why they gave me a fondue set as I set off for my freshman year of college. I didn't make fondue then, and I'm still not making fondue now. I know absolutely no one who is. Along with other "home entertaining" trends, this one seems content to stay firmly cemented in the past.

4. African cuisine

People are still confused when I tell them that Houston has a Little Nigeria. Even self-proclaimed "serious foodies" almost always refuse to accompany me to places like Peppersoup Cafe or Finger Licking Bukateria to try goat pepper soup or egusi. This one is still a long ways off, if it ever materializes at all, thanks to a general atmosphere of closed-mindedness when it comes to the Dark Continent.

3. Pie

Pies are not the new cupcakes. There is never going to be a "new cupcake," despite our insistence on this trend for at least the last several years. Let's all agree to move on, no?

2. Caffeinated foods

And thank fucking God for that.

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Ceviche the Peruvian way at Latin Bites.
1. Peruvian cuisine

Unlike African cuisine, this has been actively pushed at all levels for the last five years or so. And in some areas, it's making headway: Flavors like lucuma and aji amarillo are finding their way into non-Peruvian dishes, while spirits like Pisco are being re-examined as the cocktail renaissance flourishes. Lima has an outstanding food scene that's appreciated on a global level. And at least here in Houston, there's one outstanding example of the genre in Latin Bites, while chefs like Jonathan Jones and Randy Rucker actively acknowledge Peruvian influences in their cooking. So it's not fair to say that Peruvian food hasn't had an impact.

But has it had the immense and far-reaching impact that trade rags and mags have insisted that it's just about to have, any day now? No, and I'm not certain it ever will. But that doesn't mean I'm not happy about the current ceviche wave we're riding as a result, and that I don't hope someone doesn't eventually prove me wrong.



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Location Info

Peppersoup Cafe

10010 Bissonet, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Finger Licking Bukateria

9811 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Latin Bites

5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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10 comments
John
John

I predict Burmese food to take off in 15-20 years, once the main immigrant population reaches the second generation. It's a delicious and exciting fusion of Thai, Indian and Chinese with indigenous influences, although the only restaurant known at the national level is probably Burma Superstar in SF. 

CarlsbadVillageOrthodontist
CarlsbadVillageOrthodontist

I agree. Because a lot of these tastes are very distinct and are ones that create that its-either-you-love-it-or-you-dont type of cuisines, it's very hard to make it marketable.

MadMac
MadMac

Number two, high quality funny, right there, y'all.

Caroline
Caroline

It's a shame fondue isn't more popular. Our guests always have a blast when we have fondue parties, and we have not one, but two sets so we can have both cheese (Alton Brown's recipe rocks!) and chocolate going at the same time. It's super easy to prepare, vegetarian-friendly, and lets the hosts enjoy themselves once the party gets underway. Go Team Fondue!

(For the most fun and cheesiest --pun! -- fondue experience, it's worth a visit to Dante's when you're in Atlanta: http://www.dantesdownthehatch.... Fondue on a pirate ship!)

Corey
Corey

Actually one of the better lists from the HP lately, agreed though sans caffeinated foods..

Maggie
Maggie

Why are waffles tagged?

H_e_x
H_e_x

If only foams had never caught on.

Handfasted1
Handfasted1

funny, I love all of those, well, except the caffeinated foods thing.

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