2018 Food Trends and a Look Toward 2019December 10, 2018 by Stacey Farooqui
With 2019 around the corner, it is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and, being that we are a team of culinarians, look back at what food trends caught our eye and what will shape 2019. Here are the top 10, in no specific order. What would your top 10 be for 2019?
- Asian influences – You will find this tasty trend in all three of our Lifestyle Menus! For example, our Urban Menu in Paris features Dumplings, Pad Thai and Traditional Bun Bo Hue; our Clean Menu in the United States features Miso-glazed Tofu with Soba Noodles and Lemongrass-grilled Seitan Pho; and our Energetic Menu in London features Miso and Tofu Broth, Chili Beef Stir Fry and Teriyaki Salmon. In this sampling of menu items, the flavors of pan-Asian cuisine are front and center in our minds.
- Vegetable-focused entrees – As we become more health-conscious, and more people move to flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, this trend has continued to grow over the past few years and we are sure it will only continue to gather speed in the years ahead. This can be accomplished with creative salads, such as the Superfood Salad or the Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad on our Energetic Menu in London; through the latest strides of culinary innovation, such as the Impossible™ Burger (with “heme” being yet another food trend within a trend!) on our Fueled Menu in the United States; or blending ethnic cuisine inspiration, like the Beetroot and Mushroom Masala on our Artistic Menu in Paris.
- Street food turned gourmet – Local comfort food found on the streets of major cities across the globe has found a new home at altitude. Taking this trend to the skies, try the Nashville Hot Battered Lobster Tail on our Adventurous Menu in the United States, Pan-Bagnat Nicoise on our Cultured Menu in Paris, or Buttermilk Chicken Goujons on our Urban Menu in London.
- Global flavors for breakfast – While you could switch things up a bit with the French Breakfast in London or the American Breakfast in Paris, you can really get adventurous for breakfast with the NOLA Blackened Eggplant Pita Sabich or the Traditional Tortilla Espanola during your travels in the United States.
- Fermented options – While certain cultures across the globe are well-known for fermented food items be a staple of their cuisine, like sauerkraut in Germany and kimchi in Korea, science is now showing evidence that this type of food preparation is highly beneficial for a healthy digestive system. When departing London, try the Korean Duck (featuring house kimchi pickle) on our Urban Menu; for flights departing kitchen locations in the United States, try the Gochujang Beef Short Rib Bao with Kimchi Slaw on our Fueled Menu; or order some French wine from our extensive Paris by the Bottle Menu found in the collection of Paris Lifestyle Menus.
- Nootropics – With such a clinical sounding name, what exactly is this category? Nootropics are chemicals that improve memory function and are found naturally in food items such as turmeric, jicama, green tea, dark chocolate, salmon, eggs, dark leafy greens and coffee. Ready for a boost? Order dishes like the Buddha Salad (with turnip jicama) from our Artistic Menu in Paris, Pesto Salmon from our Energetic Menu in London, or the Aloo Gobi Grilled Turmeric Cauliflower “Steak” on our Adventurous Menu in the United States.
- Mediterranean eats – The Mediterranean diet is widely-known as a healthy choice, no matter your lifestyle. Experience the Stuffed Vine Leaves from our Cultured Menu in London, the Greek Mezze tray from our United States Lifestyle Menus, or the Tapas Platter on our Paris Lifestyle Menu.
- South American flare – For an inspired taste of Uruguay and Argentina, try the Chimichurri Steak Salad on the Fueled Menu of our United States Lifestyle Menus; flip to the Energetic Menu in Paris and go for the Inca Empire Veal, or get the Warm Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad on London’s Energetic Menu.
- Flavor-filled bowls – This trend has had real staying power and translates well to the in-flight dining environment. When departing Paris, the Vegan Veggie Bowl is available on the Energetic Menu; have a Miso and Tofu Broth, found on the London Energetic Menu; or go for a Braised Pork Shank Redemption, from our Innovative Menu, on your flight departing a United States location.
- Mushrooms in focus – Mushrooms are a source of protein, fiber, B vitamins and selenium; so, it is no wonder they are being elevated in cuisine and, in some instances, being used to replace animal protein. On our Classics Menu in London, you will find the Portobello Mushroom and Halloumi Burger hits the spot, try a Beetroot and Mushroom Masala from our Artistic Menu in Paris, or feast on a Forest Mushroom Flatbread from our Essentials Menu in the United states.
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