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For generations, U.S. growers produced thousands of different varieties of apples with diverse flavors, colors, textures and uses. Years of cultivating only the few types we typically see in supermarkets got us out of the heirloom habit but, while many of the early varieties are lost to us forever, others are having a renaissance as chefs, home cooks and fruit fans find much to like in their varied flavor profiles. Chefs ranked heirloom apples fifth on the list of hot produce trends for 2014 in the National Restaurant Association’s annual survey.[…] Continue Reading »
It used to be that the word “pairings” automatically turned our thoughts and palates to wine, but the rise in craft beer production, small breweries and brewpubs has brought food and beer pairings to the forefront. About 1,200 of the 2,700 U.S. craft breweries are brewpubs, many of which are honing the art of finding the perfect brew to go with at least some of the dishes on the menu, says Julia Herz of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo.[…] Continue Reading »
It seems good things really do come in smaller packages for a growing number of U.S. consumers. Trends including a rise in snacking, a craving for convenience and the demand for an easier way to control portion sizes, are driving a rise in single-serve and snack-sized food packaging.
The trends are good news for convenience stores, where most of the food likely to be consumed within an hour of purchase is bought, says Darren Seifer, NPD Group’s food and beverage industry analyst.[…] Continue Reading »
Weather permitting, restaurants across the country will be packed tonight with couples out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, a meal that often includes wine, fancy food and generous tipping at the end. Those tips aren’t affected by an IRS rule change that took effect last month, but bigger parties that trigger a restaurant’s automatic gratuity policy have brought big changes for servers and their bosses with the IRS’s new tipping rule.[…] Continue Reading »