2013 Food Trends
A new year brings confetti, streamers and Champagne -- and a look back at the food and wine trends that caught our attention this year.
1. Morning mixology: Bloody marys and mimosas have always been brunch staples, but 2013 brought a whole slew of new breakfast cocktails, from a cappuccino-inspired, tequila-tinged fizz at San Francisco's Jasper's to a maple-bourbon Irish coffee at Oakland's Hopscotch and a citrusy Averna Amaro hangover cure at San Jose's The Table.
2. Cupcake ATMs: The Bay Area may have nothing but boring vending machines, but if you're a Southern Californian with a hankering for after-hours cupcakes or caviar, you're in luck. There's a Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM in Beverly Hills, and caviar vending machines at three Los Angeles malls. Meanwhile, London's Selfridges has a Moet & Chandon vending machine that dispenses itty bitty, blinged-out bottles.
3. Beer-infused desserts: The burgeoning craft beer movement has surged into the kitchen. Beer-pairing dinners have become hip, and the evolution of beer-infused desserts brought us Beeramisu.
4. New wave museum cafes: Buh-bye, shrink-wrapped tuna sandwiches. Museum cafes have amped up the flavor dramatically, hiring top chefs and mixologists to supervise offerings that range from SFMoMA's Mondrian-inspired cakes to cocktails at the Exploratorium and Jewish deli noshes at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
5. Doughnut mania: The cronut is just the tip of the gourmet doughnut iceberg. You can taste chocolate-star anise doughnuts at San Francisco's Dynamo Donuts, bourbon cream doughnuts at Oakland's Doughnut Dolly and bacon-maple naughties at San Jose's Psycho Donuts and San Diego's Great Maple.
6. Tartines: Say bonjour to bruschetta's suddenly chic French cousin, the trendy tartine. These creative open-face sandwiches popped up everywhere, from the Bay Area's La Boulange to the Whole Foods cafe in New York's Columbus Circle.
7. Foodie TV: Food-focused TV may have sounded bizarre a decade ago. Now your foodie TV options include not only Food Network, Bravo and PBS, but ABC ("The Chew") NBC ("Food Fight"), Fox ("Hell's Kitchen," et al), and the new Esquire network, whose "Knife Fight" is hosted by "Top Chef" alum Ilan Hall.
8. Pop culture spinoffs: Seems every pop culture icon has a wine line these days. Among them: Train's "Calling All Angels" chardonnay and E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" blend -- which should have been called "Fifty Shades of Red," but whatever.
9. Foodie startups: This has been a year of food and wine-related tech tools, from apps that decipher wine labels or order dinner, to startups that bring dining devotees together. Among them: Feastly, which turns ambitious cooks' homes into supper clubs.
10. Vineyard adventures: Once upon a time, wineries just poured tastes. These days, they host concerts and film fests, and offer bocce, golf, ATV treks (Hahn Estates) and even ziplines (Margarita Vineyard).
-- Jackie Burrell