No one can predict what this year will bring, but food trends are telling us that there will be many interesting foods on the horizon. From easy-to-prepare individual snack boards to food preservation, this year is all about treating food as an experience to be savored.
We’re thinking small in 2021. When entertaining a small group of friends, individual appetizers are a great way to make sure everyone maintains a safe distance while enjoying a whole spread, without fighting over the last piece of prosciutto – and don’t even get us started on double-dipping. Opt for individual snack boards for the family or put together these cute, grab-and-go charcuterie cones for a small event.
With a trend toward healthy habits combined with readily available, state-of-the-art appliances, juicing is making a comeback. Beyond the plain celery juice of old, juicing today embraces bright, cheerful flavor combinations like ginger and grapefruit or orange and coconut. Combining fresh, seasonal fruits is a great way to add a little color to your morning.
Nut Butter Boards
Nut butters take center stage on the ever-popular snack board. From peanut to almond, cashew to pistachio, nut butters provide all the visual interest and protein of the typical meat and cheese board, but appeal to a wider range of preferences and tastes. Add dried and fresh fruits, crackers, celery, and carrots to complete the presentation.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
With fewer people making a morning commute, breakfast is finally getting the attention it deserves. From cinnamon waffles on weekdays to decadent weekend brunch boards filled with pancakes, scones, and fresh fruit, we’re starting the day off in a big way. Plus, lingering over a lengthy breakfast gives us another reason to slow down and enjoy another cup of coffee.
The mocktail trend started picking up steam in 2020 and it’s not slowing down. With most restaurants unable to provide alcoholic beverages to go, many are getting more innovative with their mocktail recipes, experimenting with new flavors and fresh ingredients. But there’s no need to order out — you whip up your own mocktails the whole family can enjoy during a game night together.
Virtual Cooking Classes
Anyone else tired of virtual happy hours? If you’re looking for a new way to connect with friends, virtual cooking classes are the perfect way to spice up your Friday night. Google searches for virtual cooking classes spiked almost overnight in early April of 2020. Since then, classes have grown to include demos from famous chefs, ingredients shipped to your door, and even delivered cocktail pairings. Harry & David is getting in on the action too. Through a partnership with virtual workshop provider Alice’s Table, you can learn how to assemble Instagram-worthy charcuterie boards from home. Just don’t forget the wine!
Preserving and Canning
Bread baking was the hot new trend in 2020 as stuck-at-home cooks discovered sourdough and a plethora of easy-to-make recipes. This year, cooking enthusiasts are picking up new skills like canning, pickling, and preserving. We recommend starting small with a simple jam recipe before moving on to a bigger undertaking like canning your own fruit.
At-Home Restaurant Experiences
As many restaurants remain closed for dine-in service, folks are looking to recreate the experience at home. Whether it’s a Friday date night or a busy weeknight, it’s nice to have a ready-made dinner to turn to. With Harry & David Gourmet, you can stock up on everything from appetizers to dessert. Or pick up something from your favorite local restaurant. Light some candles, set out your good china, and dress up a little. And don’t forget the tunes. Just because you’re hanging out at home doesn’t mean you can’t make a meal special.
In 2021 Food Trends we explore the recipes that will be a hit this year! From sunny orange mocktails to personal charcuterie boards, let’s start the year with something delicious.