Bon Appétit: How to Bring 2017’s Restaurant Trends Into Your Kitchen

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With the rise of meal-prep kits, cooking shows, and access to fresh local meats and produce, comes a resurgence in home cooking.

With Millennials leading the charge, people get more  adventurous in the kitchen, but also  practice mindful meal prep.

For inspiration, home cooks turn to restaurants to light their fire. Here are six food/restaurant trends to try in your own home.

Source Local Ingredients

The local food movement trend has been going strong for so many years that it’s basically not even a trend anymore (praise). It’s not going anywhere. Why?

It can be less expensive without the middleman markups; it tastes fresher; it’s eco-friendly, and encourages a community.

Go to the famers market and find local vendors; talk to the cheese mongers, gardeners, fishermen, and farmers, and buy their goods. There are also local farms that will deliver to your home.

Visit a co-op for bulk dry goods and locally-grown produce. Shop online for locally-made products, like olive oil, granola, salsa, dips, and gift baskets.

Let the Gender Tides Turn in the Kitchen

The restaurant industry has always been male dominated, while the home kitchen, female.

But the tides are turning on both fronts as some badass women are flexing their entrepreneurial muscles, facing the obstacles of equality and leading the pack, while men are happily stirring up the soup at home.

Create a gender-friendly kitchen by mixing up the cooking duties, lovers. Let him cook date-night Fridays, while she BBQs on Sunday funday. Cook together for Taco Tuesdays.

It’s a culinary free-for-all!

Whip Up Black Ice Cream

Source: Little Damage Ice Cream Shop/Instagram

I have to say I’m loving the unicorn-inspired food movement, but this almond-charcoal flavored soft serve ice cream has stolen my once beatnik heart.

Its black color comes from activated charcoal (detoxifier) and is sold at a local ice cream shop in LA called Little Damage.

Bring the black ice cream trend home by whipping up this little recipe from Spoon University.

But don’t be basic about it. Put on your Doc Martens, tie on a black choker, paint on some blood red lips, and pop in some Bauhaus.

Goth AF.

Cook Up Some Street Food

Street food has come a long way. What was once a quick roadside bite has gone from a small cart to food truck row to a coveted menu item in some of the finest restaurants across the globe.

What better way to celebrate America’s street food movement than to bring it into your kitchen.

For example, Greek food carts are super popular, so it’s perfectly reasonable to bring the gyro to your stovetop. Cook some chicken and place it into a pita pocket with lettuce, onion, feta cheese, and tzatziki sauce.

Other popular make-at-home street food dishes:

  • Carne asada tacos
  • Chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce
  • Chicken shwarma fry bowl
  • Thai chicken lunch bowl

Get Creative with African Flavors

The National Restaurant Association reports that African food is one of the hottest and fastest-growing restaurant trends.

Africa brings big, bold flavors to America, and restauranteurs are eating it up.

Think thick, spicy broths with okra, fish in coconut curry, grilled chicken piri piri, jollof rice, and/or chicken muamba when planning out your African-inspired feast.

Flavors are intense, thanks to a range of spices that give African cuisine its vibrant color, rich and earthy flavors and mouthwatering fragrance.

Make Your Own Pickles

Although pickling is an ancient preservation technique, it’s trending hard right now.

According to Datasential MenuTrends, pickles are on 40% of the nation’s menus — making it the big “dill” of restaurant trends.

Pickles are easy to make at home. Pick up some ripe kirby cucumbers, cider vinegar, dill seed, garlic, red pepper flakes, and any other spice you want to add (mustard seed or celery seed). Visit thekitchn.com for more info on making homemade pickles.

If you want to elevate any dish, consider the presentation… because sometimes food just tastes better when it looks the part.

What food/restaurant trends will you bring into your kitchen?

Anne-Marie Pritchett is a freelance writer for Scott's Marketplace who enjoys exploring the outdoors, visiting different cultures, digging into new music, and cuddling her new baby. When she gets some free time, she likes to check out local gastropubs and attempt to speak in her British accent.

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