Trendspotters Predict 2013 Will Be Year of Toast, Ancient Grains, Shared Pig Heads

Categories: Trend Watch

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Anna Roth
Josey Baker's toast at The Mill.
Local hospitality and restaurant consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co.'s annual trendspotting food forecast has just come out, and it proclaims 2013 the year of toasted bread. My very first story for SF Weekly was on Josey Baker's toasts, so I'm feeling a little smug about that, but mostly sorry that 2013's hottest trend is so lame.

See also:
- Toast of the Town: Josey Baker's Bread Is Back
- Fruit and Vegetable Leathers Transform Into Fine Dining Treat
- Sriracha is the New Salsa: Freeman Forecasts 2010 Restaurant Trends


How will this toast be presented, you might ask? The document pronounces that "boards are the new baskets" for showcasing restaurants' house-made bread. Other forecasted trends include:

  • "Authentic and sophisticated" Mexican cooking, as well as food from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
  • "Vintage typewriters (and other period collectibles) are the new taxidermy" in restaurant decor.
  • Ancient grains -- which is good news for Tartine's Chad Robertson and his experiments with sprouted grains at Bar Tartine's new sandwich shop.
  • Hot ingredients: pork secreto, homemade ricotta, lamb belly (also predicted for 2012, which clearly didn't happen), vegetable "noodles," savory cotton candy, and my personal favorite, pig heads to share with a group.
  • Drinks: Amaro, pre-bottled and canned cocktails, sherry, veggie-flavored cocktails, cider, Scandinavian and house-made beers, clarified juices, homemade tonic water.

Got all that? There will be a quiz this time next year. Better study up on the full report .

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essingmybeesout
essingmybeesout

@post_everything 2013 is starting to look rough for you, hopefully this is October just being a bitch

mpowers224
mpowers224

@SFoodie @AFCO Those are some hot trends!

The_Malted_Milk
The_Malted_Milk

@wearenotmartha I could see that. A good piece of toast with jam or nut butter is sometimes the best thing ever.

LDGourmet
LDGourmet

@tbella @wearenotmartha read somewhere yesterday "is pumpkin the bacon?" I love pumpkin but hard to see it overtake salty fatty pig parts!

wearenotmartha
wearenotmartha

@tbella Agreed! It just sounds so strange :) [Sues]

wearenotmartha
wearenotmartha

@TheHipHostess Love toast! But it seems like a totally strange trend. However, it can be topped w/ all kinds of delights! [Sues]

BarriqueSF
BarriqueSF

@maggiejane Savory cotton candy?

barsINNyourhome
barsINNyourhome

@maggiejane something about pics of half eaten toast that just don't work :D

wearenotmartha
wearenotmartha

@The_Malted_Milk True. Or with meat and cheese :) I guess crostini and bruschetta is technically toast! [Sues]

wearenotmartha
wearenotmartha

@LDGourmet @tbella Agreed. Plus, pumpkin has been "trendy" for years now, so they're a little late on that one! [Sues]

bakespace
bakespace

@ABetterCook Yeah I was surprised with simply "toast"... Maybe we're going back to quality of hearty foods you make w/ hands? :)

LDGourmet
LDGourmet

@wearenotmartha @tbella :-) had an editor who once urged use of "trend" in headline b/c it grabs traffic. better to have quality content!

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