'Tis true that making predictions can be a fool's errand, but still we press on with our ears to the ground and our lips to the plate and glass (yes, it's a funny-looking position), boldly predicting the food, drink, restaurant, and cooking trends for 2011. Judging from last year's trends post , we're more Farmer's Almanac than Nostradamuswhich is to say, most of our prophecies have indeed come to pass. So, what's next in the world of good eating? Here are the top trends whose time has almost come.
America may be a century or two behind on this trend, but we are finally embracing the food hall, in all of its gluttonous, groaning-shelves glory. Following in the footsteps of giants worldwide (Paris' La Grande Épicerie and the food halls at Harrods of London and Takashimaya in Tokyo), New York has gotten into the act in a big way. Mario Batali and the Bastianich family recently opened Eataly, a boisterous celebration of Italian cuisine, in Manhattan, plus a smallerRead More »from Food Trend Predictions for 2011