“The media makes things trendy,” noted Alfred Portale. “We don’t set out to create these trends.” True or not, a near-capacity crowd was ready to hear the longtime executive chef of Michelin-starred Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City and other top chefs talk about exactly that during their Future Food Trends panel at last month’s Restaurant Finance and Development Conference. If attendees were waiting for Portale—or chefs Richard Sandoval, Jeff Mahin or Joey Campanaro (pictured above)—to name one ingredient that will take over menus in 2015, however, they were out of luck.
After his Corner Table crispy pork belly won Outstanding Menu Item last year, Boemer thought no way would the Charlie Awards committee recognize the same restaurant with another award the following year—let alone two.
Gathered to celebrate the Twin Cities’ food and drink scene, hundreds of chefs, restaurant owners, bartenders and their cohorts packed the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis Sunday, November 16, for the fourth annual Charlie Awards.
October was a great month for the James Beard Foundation in Minnesota thanks to two fun chef benefit dinners last month. Besides great food in super settings by talented chefs, more than $15,000 was raised here in Minnesota for the foundation.
Whether the display of nutrition information on restaurant menus leads consumers to order a more healthy meal is up for debate. What’s not, it seems, is that consumers want this information—and increasingly, they expect it.