As more restaurants and chefs rally around these bright, simple, and wholesome cuisines, the crossovers with Israeli, Greek, and Middle Eastern influences shine through on modern menus. Here are a few ingredients trending at the moment.
Gert Kopera, executive vice president of global restaurants at the international restaurant group Hakkasan Group, believes in changing global perceptions around Chinese food. “Chinese food in China can actually be quite expensive, not at all like the comfort food or fast food many are accustomed to seeing.
Late-night menus come with challenges. Kitchens have already semi-closed; staff is tight. It can be tempting to simply cobble together leftovers, but plenty of restaurants have a menu and plan in place to offer delicious bites, well past traditional dining hours. The result? Extra revenue and another opportunity to get creative. Take a look at these examples.
After five years as a cocktail-only spot, Alley Twenty Six’s owner Shannon Healy took advantage of the sudden availability of the space next door to his downtown Durham, North Carolina bar and built a kitchen.
These days, diners of all ages are enjoying smaller bites so they can taste a bit of everything. They like to belly up to bars with expansive cocktail menus and interesting wines, and to enjoy a full meal while sitting there.
Bravo! TV’s hit show “Top Chef” has had an enormous effect on the way food, cooking, and chefs are perceived in both the public and the restaurant industry. Much like the Food Network “glamorized” food and cooking, “Top Chef” has glamorized the life of a chef and helped turn dozens of professionals into nationwide celebrity chefs.
As a “Top Chef” contestant, Kevin Gillespie became known for his red beard (now the inspiration for his restaurant group name), warm personality, and all-around likeability. He placed third in the show’s sixth season (losing to Michael Voltaggio), but no matter; he has since opened popular restaurants Gunshow in Atlanta and Revival in Decatur, Georgia.
Tesar rebounded from an early cut in Season 10 to place in the top three of “Top Chef” Season 14, which aired last year. He was portrayed in a much more subdued light the second time around; in his first season, Tesar was known for fiery rants and in-fighting.
After going head-to-head on “Top Chef” with six other chefs from Chicago when she was the executive chef of Sable Kitchen & Bar, Terhune came home to a much busier restaurant than before.READ MORE: Catching up with five former "Top Chef" contestants.
As one of the earlier “Top Chef” contestants, Mendelsohn instantly became a fan favorite and recognizable by his many stylish hats. He has since made several other TV appearances with Bravo! and other networks while opening multiple fast-casual restaurants in Washington, D.
Fried foods have been shunned in recent years as consumers watch their waistlines and cholesterol levels. But even the healthiest consumer leaves a little room for indulgence. This month, in honor of the comfort foods people turn to when looking to keep warm, we take a look at some of the more creative dishes coming out of the fryer.
Remember the whole farm-to-table mania? It hit its fever pitch a few years ago—and continues to rage on—but the trend had its origins in a lot of different places.One of those places was Boulder, Colorado, where sourcing local meat, produce, and other foods really began to take off in the late 2000s.