Trends & Trails 2018-09-03T21:47:55+00:00

Whoopie Pies

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Northeast, Regions, Trends & Trails|Tags: |

Is it a cookie? A cake? A pie? A dessert sandwich? When it comes to the Maine whoopie pie, the answer is all of the above. In its most basic form, a whoopie pie is made up of two dark chocolate cake discs about the size of a hamburger bun with a layer of sweet, creamy, thick white frosting sandwiched between them. While the origins of the treat are up for debate, Maine claims to be the birthplace of its invention: The first whoopie pies came out of a Lewiston, Maine bakery in 1925.

Supper Clubs: An Emerging Tradition

November 8th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails|Tags: , |

In today’s crowded restaurant scene—where traditional favorites are joined by new dining venues almost constantly—it can feel like you’ll never get to every hotspot you want to check out. In such a market, it’s easy to imagine that chefs would foster a spirit of competition, thinking that somebody else’s restaurant has to fail in order for his or hers venture to succeed. Fortunately, in many communities and for many chefs, that is not the situation: Chefs often feed their creative souls through collaboration and cooperation which best shines through during special dining events that showcase the talents of all involved.

Let California Entertain You

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Featured, Regions, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: |

Home to less than 4,000 residents, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California is a wonderland for gourmands, with a jaw-dropping 50+ restaurants situated within its one-square-mile area. If that statistic amazes, consider the little town’s location: Tucked away two hours south of San Francisco on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea benefits from the bounty of the Pacific plus ultra-fresh foodstuffs delivered from the neighboring Salinas Valley.

10 Foodie Experiences from Classic Movies

October 11th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Midwest, Northeast, Regions, South, Southeast, Trends & Trails, West Coast|Tags: , , |

“I'll have what she's having” is arguably one of the most recognized lines in movie history. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's 1989 “When Harry Met Sally” humorously explores the difference between men and woman and whether or not they can really be friends. Sally, played by Meg Ryan, is depicted as a picky eater who wants things the way she wants them. She's eating a deli sandwich in the classic scene, proof that movie food scenes layer theme into cuisine.

Oysters; Like the Grapes of the Sea

September 13th, 2018|Categories: Regions, Southeast, Trends & Trails|Tags: |

Oysters and champagne have been a classic pairing ever since the first Benedictine monk opened up a Mediterranean bivalve to slurp alongside a glass of his bubbles. Beyond offering complementary flavors, oysters have a lot more in common with grapes than you might be aware of. They say that great wine is created in the vineyard by the growers, not in the winery, and oyster farmers have also developed similar techniques to create and select premium oysters from their beds.