Okay, okay, so you thought that when the calendar flipped to February you'd seen the last of our year-and-decade end summaries. But that was before I stumbled across this massive list of top food trends of the decade, courtesy of the Food Chanel. They compiled trends in food flavors, food people, food influences, all of which seemed a pretty accurate reflection of what we've been seeing lately in food media, new restaurants, and upscale grocery stores.
Anything they missed?
TOP TEN TRENDS OVERALL · Sushi · Bacon · Cupcakes · Sliders · Gourmet Burgers made with Kobe or Angus Beef · Superfruits such as Acai, Pomegranate and Blueberry · Oils, such as olive oils and truffle oils · Whole grains, such as Kashi, polenta, risotto · Artisan foods, particularly in breads, cheeses and dark chocolates · Coffees, teas
DECADE'S TOP FLAVORS · Pomegranate · Wasabi · Cranberry · Ginger · Blueberry · Hibiscus · Bacon · Green tea · Dark Chocolate · Mint
TOP TEN FOOD INFLUENCERS OF THE DECADE · Organic foods, along with Locavore and Community Supported Agriculture · International Cuisines · Food TV and Internet · Food Safety · The Economy and subsequent shift to home cooking · Fast casual restaurant concepts · Fair trade and Artisan concepts in bread, chocolates, cheeses · Mobility/Social Media/Twitter notifications/Underground dining · Mixology · Culinary education
TOP FOOD PEOPLE OF THE DECADE · Food bloggers · The local farmer · Celebrity Chefs in general: Rick Bayless, Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsey, Giada De Laurentiis, Mario Batali, Alton Brown, Tyler Florence, Jaime Oliver, Ina Garten · Julia Child/Julie Powell · The home cook · Grant Achatz · Alice Waters · Thomas Keller · Martha Stewart · The local restaurant chef
TOP TEN GENERAL NEWS TOPICS OF THE DECADE IMPACTING FOOD · Food Safety (tomatoes, green onions, H1N1) · Food Prices · Slow Food · Sustainability · Consumer generated advertising (Dorito's Super Bowl ad) · The demise of traditional publishing (Gourmet Magazine) · Organic · Private branding · Carl's, Jr.'s edgy advertising · McDonald's innovation
DECADE'S TOP RECIPES · Macaroni and Cheese · Bread Pudding · Risotto · Biscotti · Ceviche · Deep Fried Turkey · Crème Brulee · Bruschetta · Tilapia · Guacamole
TOP RESTAURANT TRENDS OF THE DECADE · Fast casual concept · Tapas and shareables · Gastropub · Molecular Gastronomy · Taco Trucks · Underground dining · Fusion · DIY · Catering · Upscaling of Bar food