Chef Connexion - trends

    Bowled Over

    The team at Hamilton’s recently opened Eatwell and Little Big Bowl are building a business serving snappy, exciting, affordable food in easy-to-transport bowls. “We’re focused on local and seasonal ingredients and making bowls that are healthy and satisfying,” says head chef Josh Wortley.

    Fresh & Now

    What’s better this time of year than simple, light dishes and seasonal favourites?

    Global Thirst Quenchers

    Beverages aren’t just about thirst quenching anymore; they’re also about health and refreshment. Twists on tried and true drinks and global infusions are increasingly popular. Drinks are also morphing into meal supplements with protein additives, combined with healthy fruits, a trend being fuelled by the growth of fresh pressed juice bars.

    Hot Trends

    Following “what’s hot” in foodservice is a matter of choice. Trends come and go, but sometimes it makes sense to latch onto one or more. And it always makes sense to be aware of what’s going on. Here are several trends that continue to gain traction.

    Over Easy

    Operators find new converts for breakfast, whenever, whatever and however

    Restaurants have offered egg-focused brunch menus on weekends for years. And a number of eateries – notably diners – have made their name with their famous cheap but hearty all-day breakfasts. But the demand for breakfast all day, every day, is growing as customers clamour for new, interesting takes on traditional bacon and eggs, and they’re asking for breakfast in the afternoon, for dinner…and at all hours.

    Seriously Casual

    However you define “casual dining” these days, what it often means is “on trend.” Let’s take a look at some of the strategies and venues that give customers what they want today, from chef-casual to fast-casual to QSR.

    Share & Share Alike

    Your diners are looking for creativity and new taste sensations by sharing plates like tapas, cheese and dessert selections. Technomic reports that 47% of consumers who eat small plates strongly agree that they are more likely to try new flavours on small plates than in entrées. According to the Canadian Snacking Nation 2016 study by Ipsos, more than two-thirds of all consumption occasions occur outside of traditional meals.

    Something to Cluck About

    Canadians certainly love their poultry, and especially chicken. In 2016, we each consumed an average of 32.5 kg of chicken – the highest level of consumption ever, reports Chicken Farmers of Canada. In fact, chicken has been first choice of Canadians for more than a decade, when fowl surpassed beef for first place in the meat sweepstakes.

    Truckin’ Awesome

    Not all restaurant operators choose to stay inside in the comfort of their bricks and mortar buildings. Some decide to take their act on the road and try out a more mobile culinary experience.