February 2005: Culinary Trend Mapping Report

Published: February 15, 2005 - 100 Pages

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Each quarter Culinary Trend Mapping Report will offer an unparalled view into what's hot - and what will be - in the food world.

Inside the 108-page Winter 2005 Issue:

Classification of Culinary Trends By Stage - Where are They Now?

Stage 1

  • Achiote (musky flavored seeds)
  • Arepas (Venezuelan cornmeal cakes)
  • Sambal (ethnic condiment)
  • Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Stage 2

  • Ponzu Sauce (citrus soy-based dipping sauce)
  • Garam Masala (Indian spice blend)
  • Piquillo Peppers (Spanish peppers)
  • Agua Frescas (Hispanic beverage)

Stage 3

  • Ceviche
  • Lemon Grass

Stage 4

  • Coconut Milk

Stage 5

  • Sweet & Smoky Flavor
  • Cooking Method: Smoking
  • Pesto
  • Mango

Chef's Council® Feature Article

  • Chef Speak: Red, Hot and New

Wharf Research Study

  • Primary, Proprietary Research Examining What Consumers are Saying About These Products (segmented by product, and then by region, gender and age)

Profile of Mediterranean Cuisine

  • Emerging Cuisine: A Nation of Great Tastes- Defining and celebrating what we mean by “American cuisine”

Strategic Implications

  • "Regional American Cuisine -Defining the “Red” and “Blue” States on the Culinary Map: How to Make Regional American Cooking Stand Out in the Rising Tide of Ethnic Cuisine"

Back Trends

  • "Looking Back: Does that Duck have a Resume? Regionality is Hitting Home"


Introducing the Winter 2005 issue of the Culinary Trend Mapping Report: A Quarterly Journal of Food and Ingredient Insight , the fourth issue of the series.

Produced in collaboration between the Center for Culinary Development and Packaged Facts, the Culinary Trend Mapping Report is a new quarterly report on food and ingredient trends and developments. Four times a year, subscribers will receive a 90+ page journal that:

  • Identifies 12-15 ingredients, dishes, cooking styles, and flavor profiles, and their "maturity" level according to CCD's unique, 5-stage tracking process.
  • Delves in-depth into each trend and discusses what they mean for the food industry.
  • Gives proprietary insight into how consumers are reacting and adopting these trends.
  • Offers strategic implications for food manufactures, retailers, and foodservice clients as they look ahead 12 months.
  • Taps the expertise of CCD's exclusive 80-member Chefs' Council, with feature articles written by member chefs offering their perspectives on trends.

The Culinary Trend Mapping Report is an indispensable tool for those whose job it is to stay abreast of what's hot - or what will be - in the food world. Four times a year, subscribers to the Report will receive a 90+ page journal packed with trends, data, strategies and insight on the food industry that simply isn't available anywhere else.

Check the Table of Contents to see what hot trends are covered in this issue.

Trend Mapping
CCD's Trend Mapping technique is a validated method designed to determine which culinary trends are "gaining traction" and which are simply flashes in the pan. Trend Mapping is guided by the premise that major food trends pass through five distinct stages on their way to the mainstream:

  • Stage 1: The ingredient, dish and/or cooking technique appears at upscale dining establishments, ethnic and popular independent restaurants.
  • Stage 2: The item is featured in specialty consumer-oriented food magazines, such as Gourmet and Bon Appetit plus retail stores such as Sur La Table that target culinary professionals and serious home cooks.
  • Stage 3: The item begins to appear in mainstream chain restaurants -- Applebee's or Chili's -- as well as retail stores such as Williams-Sonoma that target recreational cooks.
  • Stage 4: Publications such as Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens pick up the buzz.
  • Stage 5: Finally, the trend makes its way to quick service restaurant menus and are either starting to appear or are having increased presence on grocery store shelves.

What's Ahead?
Here's a sampling of the ingredients and trends that will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Culinary Trend Mapping Report:

Spring 2005
Trend Mapping, including (not an exhaustive list):
Trends for next report:

  • Natural & Organic Meats
  • Fresh Pea Shoots
  • Meyer Lemon
  • Manchego (Spanish cheeses)
  • Banana Blossoms

Chef Speak: Popularity of Spanish Cheeses
Emerging Cuisine: Basque Cuisine Looking Back: Organics Getting the Green Light as Consumers Put Their Money Where Their Minds Are

What is the Center for Culinary Development (CCD)?
Based in San Francisco, CCD is a food and beverage product development company that blends culinary creativity with strategic marketing expertise. Their strength in identifying the latest food trends, from both a culinary and consumer-behavior perspective, makes them uniquely qualified to help clients create food products that satisfy consumer expectations. CCD has been responsible for many popular food product introductions, most recently the new Pannido sandwich from Jack in the Box.

For example, CCD clients have an inside track on culinary developments such as:

  • The undermining of the Chinese hold on the American palate by Pan-Asian cooking
  • Regional American cooking and "small plate" eating trends would find their way from the restaurant to home kitchen.
  • Consumers nationwide would have a seemingly insatiable appetite for low-carb foods.

CCD has looked to its 80+ member Chefs' Council, comprising the nation's most prominent culinary experts, to help identify emerging trends.

What is the Chefs' Council?
The Chefs' Council is an 80+ member panel of nationally recognized, award-winning chefs, food writers, nutritionists, instructors and other food professionals who advise CCD on culinary trends and developments. Representing restaurants, cooking schools and publications from all regions of the country, the council members represent the leading edge of the food industry. Members are regularly featured in magazines such as Food and Wine, Bon Appetite and Gourmet.

For more information on our partner for this quarterly report, please click to The Center for Culinary Development website.

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