No one could have predicted the sourdough bread, mini-pancake cereal, and hot chocolate bomb trends that dominated 2020, but with health and wellness at the forefront of everyone’s minds, retailers and chefs expect that in-home dining and fair-trade foods will have the limelight in 2021. Here are the biggest food and dining trends you can expect to see in a post-pandemic world.
- Upgraded at-home dining. Restaurants aren’t expected to reopen at full capacity for some time, so people are looking for ways to make their dinners at home more memorable. Picture at-home cooking classes, private dining experiences, and chef-made meals prepared in your kitchen or delivered to your door.
- Superfood surge. The lines are blurring between supplements and traditional groceries. Prepare to see a lot more probiotic, vitamin, and protein-infused products lining grocery store shelves. Foods with immunity-boosting antioxidants will continue to sell at record speed.
- Epic Breakfasts Every Day. With more people working from home, breakfasts are finally getting the attention they deserve. From vegan egg replacement to artisanal freezer waffles, people are loving new foods that make hitting the snooze button a little less tempting.
- More Baking. After people got comfortable kneading bread and using their stand mixer in 2020, experts don’t see the baking trend going anywhere. So don’t worry, your neighbor will drop off more homemade blueberry muffins soon.
- Spicing Things Up. Bland basics are so last year. With more time in the kitchen, home cooks are craving hot new takes on traditional pantry staples. Amp-up traditional dishes with reimagined ingredients like heart of palm pasta, applewood-smoked salt, and chili-infused olive oil.
- Shopping Local. Supporting local businesses is still as important as ever, which is why you can expect to see more traffic at your local farmers’ market come spring. We recommend getting there early!
- Foreign Flavors. People are already planning their post-pandemic vacations, but until then, adventurous eaters are feeding their wanderlust with authentic foods from other countries.
Ready to bring the best of 2021 into your kitchen? Chef Lynn Michelle can help you incorporate trendy tastes and ingredients into gourmet meals prepared in the comfort of your own kitchen. Call 843-422-5480 or click here to learn about her personal chef services.