I’m generally not in the business of predictions, fortune-telling, or clairvoyant behavior. But when it comes to food, I can’t help but be thinking about what 2012 will bring. Â All week the experts have shoveled out “The Top Food Trends of 2012.” Some exciting (local food makes almost every list!) and some a little sketchy (blood on the menu? really people?).
Today I thought I’d share some of this year’s food trends and let you decide what will make the cut. It may also be a sneak preview of what 2012 will bring to Minnesota Locavore!
The Daily Meal’s Top Food Trend Predictions for 2012Â – My favorites here are Wild Greens, Jewish Food and the Burger Migration. Â Maybe we’ll finally get an In-and-Out in Minneapolis!
The James Beard Foundation’s Food Trends to Watch for in 2012Â – Redefining regional locavorism. I love it. And canelÃ©s. Never had them, but I think we could definitely become friends. I am NOT so friendly with blood in my food though. Let’s skip that for 2012.
Eat Better America’s 12 Hot Food Trends for 2012Â – This is probably my ultimate list. Â If this all happens in 2012, my world will be a better place.
Andrew Freeman & Co.’s Food Trends – They say 2012 is the year of the potato and the year that grilled cheese becomes the new burger. Â Sign me up.
Cooking with Amy’s 2012 Food and Dining Wish-ListÂ – I’d be excited to see these happen in 2012, maybe even a digital locavore cookbook?
Mark Bittman’s No Meat, No Dairy, No ProblemÂ – This is less of a trend than a New Years resolution. Food guru Bittman suggests we all try veganism at least 1x per week in 2012. Â Less meat and dairy on the menu means big environmental and health gains. I’m not convinced it becomes a food trend this year, but it will be a trend on our table.
Happy New Year locavores, may 2012 be full of good local food and good memories!