Top Food Choices for 2017 – Including Jackfruit!
After you’ve selected the perfect venue for your special event, your next most important decision is
choosing the right menu. Food can help communicate a theme or set the mood for the entire affair.
Here’s five of the hot trends expected this year in the food world.
1. Health Conscious Choices
Guests are even more health conscious than ever before and 2017 will see a continued trend toward
more vegan, raw and vegetable dishes. Look for creative ways to find new protein choices instead of
meats, and more gluten-free and low carb options.
2. Poke, Not Pokemon!
Traditional poke is cubed, fresh raw seafood (usually tuna or octopus) mixed
with soy sauce, green onions and sesame oil and served over rice. This Hawaiian specialty has
cruised to the mainland and is quickly spreading across the U.S. The National Restaurant Association
named poke a hot trend for 2017 after surveying almost 1,300 professional chefs to determine
menu trends for the coming year.
3. Plenty of Veggies
According to Conde Naste magazine, chefs will remain seriously focused on plants in 2017. Experts
expect to see more cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and squash this year. Kale is conspicuously
absent from this list. Could it be that the bitter green has finally reached the height of its popularity?
4. Real Food For Real Folks
Several of the world’s top chefs expect the “real food” movement will continue in 2017, with a focus on
local and sustainable ingredients prepared with time-tested techniques that include wood fires, curing,
fermenting and pickling. Gabriel Israel, chef at Green Fig in New York, expects a re-emergence of
slow-cooked proteins and vegetables—foods cooked at low temperatures for extended periods of time to
ensure a satisfying, home cooked-type meal.
5. Pass the Jackfruit
Pinterest released its picks for the top foods in 2017 based on what influencers were pinning and
jackfruit topped the list. Jackfruit is national fruit of Bangladesh and become a popular meat-free
stand-in for shredded beef, thanks to its texture. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, while its seeds are
rich in protein, potassium, calcium and iron.