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North Jersey Chefs Predict the Big Food Trends of 2016
Food trends, like any others, come and go. As the new year gets into gear, some trends will be left behind and others will burst onto the food scene. From new fish dishes to exotic spicy sauces to the next incarnation of “superfood” greens, North Jersey chefs and restaurant industry insiders predict what trends are going to dominate dining in 2016.
FUNKY ICE CREAMS
When it comes to the beloved frozen treat, one trend is “not for the traditionalists,” admits Vincent Barcelona, corporate chef for Supreme Oil Co. in Englewood. But for those willing to go out on a limb, he sees lots of places continuing to churn out more than your typical chocolate and vanilla: “I’m seeing a lot of wacky stuff like rosemary-infused, burnt orange, black pepper and olive oil.” Example: Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, whose flavors include Earl Grey, honeycomb and ginger and whose pints you can scoop up at Fairway Market in Woodland Park.
Plenty of foods we enjoy every day are the product of fermentation — yogurt, cheese and beer, for example. But chefs are experimenting further with pickling and fermenting, which not only packs foods with enzymes and healthy bacteria but also “gives food an added brightness,” according to Barcelona. He sees fermented black beans, cabbage and other vegetables preserved in-house by chefs popping up everywhere from fast casual joints to high-end restaurants.
EXOTIC SPICES AND SAUCES
If the craze over Sriracha proves anything, it’s that “people are bored,” says Barcelona. “They want their palates to come alive!” Chefs and food industry experts searching for other spicy condiments and flavors are looking towards Africa and India. “I think what we’re going to see now is people using more ethnic spices,” Costagliola says. “There are ghost peppers from India, harissas from North Africa.” Merida agrees, saying that African flavors especially will become more popular.
Checkers Names Supreme Oil Supplier of the Year!
Stratas Foods has been selected by Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. as the winner of its 2014 Supplier of the Year Award for its role in designing and supplying Checkers/Rally’s with a variety of sauces and condiments that have helped the rapidly expanding drive-thru restaurant chain to enhance their menu offerings while also achieving significant cost-savings. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States and is the parent company of both Checkers® and Rally’s® concepts.
The Supplier of the Year Award follows Checkers’ annual assessment of progress and achievement with its suppliers. “When choosing suppliers for this award, we look for those who are committed to service, with on-time delivery and outstanding quality and consistency,” explained Patti Dumars, Sr. Director of Supply Chain Management at Checkers/Rally’s. “Since 2009, [Supreme Oil] has worked tirelessly to quickly deliver quality products at value prices, ensuring “admiration” from our guests.
In the past year alone, Supreme Oil supplied Checkers/Rally’s with approximately 35 distinct products (almost exclusively from its Nashville, TN facility) and created over 10 new formulas to support hundreds of their restaurant locations. Supreme Oil was thrilled when Checkers initially chose us to be their primary supplier in the category of dressings and sauces in 2009. Our relationship has matured substantially over time, and this award is a much-appreciated recognition of all of the hard work and dedication of the entire workforce at Supreme Oil who continue to help ensure that our customers receive superior service levels and products of the highest quality.