Street Food: Culinary Trend Mapping Report


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Street Food: Culinary Trend Mapping Report

  1. 1. Get more info on this report!Street Food: Culinary Trend Mapping ReportApril 13, 2010American street food is big news. It’s appearing everywhere: on fine dining and fastcasual menus, as the theme of food festivals and culinary conferences and, of course,served curbside in myriad forms. We’re not talking about the same old hot dogs orpretzels. In the last two years, street food has been reinvented and reinterpreted toreflect the changing ways Americans eat. It’s a veritable paradigm shift!Street food is exploding due to the confluence of larger social trends. Because of theeconomic recession, out-of work culinary professionals and inspired home cooks havestarted micro-businesses selling food on the street, whether it be seasonal handheldfruit pies or savory Korean tacos.Using fast-growing social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, buddingentrepreneurs announce the menu and locale of the day to a growing crowd of tuned inconsumers who are eager diners if not loyal “followers” or outright “fans.” Independentweekly newspapers and bloggers trumpet information about new vendors, many ofwhom network and set up in the same places, creating a sort of pop-up food court.Influencing these events is the reality that we have become a nation of snackers, loversof small plates and (now more than ever) a good bargain. We still want good food fromgood sources, food that’s in sync with our evolving attitudes about nutrition and theenvironment, but we want it fast, fun and handy.This report profiles the significant street foods making headlines today, providing sevenstrategic trend translations to point readers to new opportunities: Gourmet-on-the-go: Fine-dining chefs are serving upgraded street food in restaurants or from refurbished carts and taco trucks, while foodie entrepreneurs are making specialized, high-quality cuisine available on the go. Porchetta: A classic from the streets of Rome, this stuffed and pork belly- wrapped pork roast has become the hottest choice for sandwiches and entrées at small cafés, independent restaurants and farmers markets. Indian Wraps and Chaat: Indian flatbread sandwiches (“Naaninis” or “Naanwiches”) and other street-food inspired cuisine (chaat) are showing up in
  2. 2. independent fast casual eateries nationwide, fusing Indian flavors and familiar appetizer and handheld forms to put a new spin on traditional Indian fare. Virtuous Street Eats: Whether sold from eco-minded carts and trucks, at local farmers markets, or as a fast, fresh campus dining option, these organic, sustainable, and locally sourced street foods appeal to health conscious consumers who want good taste with a good conscience. The New Antojitos: Masa-based Latin street foods—the Venezuelan arepa, the Salvadoran pupusa and the Mexican huarache—combine convenience with flavor exploration and novel forms. Street Food Fusion: Street food vendors are mixing global flavors to create alternative fillings for tacos and crepes and to popularize different forms of satay. Haute Hot Dogs: America’s favorite street food is getting a makeover with better quality meat and a more diverse assortment of toppings.•••••The Culinary Trend Mapping Report is an indispensable tool for those whose job it is tostay abreast of whats hot - and what will be - in the food world.The reports leverage the Center for Culinary Development’s (CCD) signature TrendMapping technique, a validated method for identifying which culinary trends are gainingtraction and which are simply flashes in the pan.Each 65+ page journal is packed with trends, data, strategies and insights on the foodindustry that simply arent available anywhere else.Each Issue of the Culinary Trends Mapping Report Identifies the maturity level of foods and ingredients according to CCD’s unique, proprietary 5-stage trend mapping process. Concentrates on a theme that is affecting the food industry, and then looks at the emerging and established trends along the Trend Map that are shaping this theme. Delves into these trends and what they mean for you and the manufacturing, retailing, and foodservice industries. Gives strategic insight into how consumers are thinking of and reacting to new foods and ingredients. Provides business know-how regarding opportunities, challenges, and ways to implement current trends into foodservice, retail, and packaged goods operations. Presents a feature interview with a member chef from CCD’s exclusive 80+ member Chefs’ Council who offers expert analysis and unique perspective on a specific trend.Trend Mapping
  3. 3. Trend Mapping is guided by the premise that major food trends pass through fivedistinct stages on their way to the mainstream: Stage 1: The ingredient, dish and/or cooking technique appears at upscale dining establishments, ethnic and popular independent restaurants. Stage 2: The item is featured in specialty consumer-oriented food magazines such as Bon Appetit plus retail stores such as Sur La Table that target culinary professionals and serious home cooks. Stage 3: The item begins to appear in mainstream chain restaurants— Applebees or Chilis—as well as retail stores such as Williams-Sonoma that target recreational cooks. Stage 4: Publications such as Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens pick up the buzz. Stage 5: Finally, the trend makes its way to quick service restaurant menus and either starts to appear or gains increased mainstream presence on grocery store shelves.AvailabilityPublished bimonthly, the Culinary Trend Mapping Report is available for purchase as asingle issue or a six-issue subscription.Table of ContentsExecutive Overview Why Street Food? - Kimberly Egan Executive SummaryTrend Summary Stage 1 - Gourmet-on-the-go Stage 2 - Porchetta - Indian Wraps and Chaat - Virtuous Street Eats Stage 3 - The New Antojitos Stage 4 - Street Food Fusion Stage 5 - Haute Hot DogsChef Speak: CCD Chefs’ Council Voices Gina Pacheco: Taking to the streets in MexicoStrategic Implications Opportunities for Street FoodSources Source List
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