Six hot food trends you might see
in Lehigh Valley for 2018
Bye, bye pumpkin spice. Hello, avocado toast.
2018 promises to be full of interesting food trends — many of which you’ll find right here in the Lehigh Valley and a few you’ll find when you travel to New York or Philly.
The trend predictions come from the National Restaurant Association, which conducts a survey every year of top chefs across the country on which food, cuisine, beverage and culinary themes will be on their menus in the coming year.
We went through the list and picked out a tasty half dozen for you to savor.
Blend Spanish, Basque, African, Asian, French, Italian and British cuisines, and you have Peruvian food.
You’ll find most Peruvian dishes full of bold flavor using common ingredients such as corn, beans, tomatoes, a rainbow assortment of potatoes and other tubers, quinoa, chili peppers and exotic fruits.
If you’re interested in checking out what Peruvian food is all about, you can try El Buen Gusto, 442 N. Eighth St. in Allentown. It opened last month.
Here’s a trendy dish that’s continuing its meteoric rise. Start with toasted bread and slather it with creamy seasoned avocado. You can go simple or enjoy it topped with a poached egg, feta cheese and more.
Among the Valley restaurants serving this dish is the Flying Egg in Bethlehem, which features two avocado toast dishes. One is avocado, poached egg and sliced red pepper; the other features turmeric tofu, smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes and cilantro.
Doughnuts with non-traditional fillings
Take a doughnut and fill it to the brim with Earl Grey cream, vodka custard or passion fruit liqueur. These doughnuts from another dimension can be found at some shops in Chicago as well as other major cities. (Most of our doughnut shops stick to traditional fillings and that’s fine by me.)
Locally produced spirits/wine/beer
Diners want on-site barrel-aged drinks and locally produced wine, spirits and craft beer, according to the National Restaurant Association. This is a trend that fits the Valley to a T. We have award-winning wine, produced from grapes grown here, new craft breweries popping up every month along with our veteran brewers and numerous grain-to-glass distilleries.
Inevitably trends wane in popularity. On the association’s list of yesterday’s news are:
* Meals in mason jars
* Bitter melon
* Spiralized vegetables
* Pumpkin spice (thank goodness)