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"Without the freedom to criticize, there is no worthy praise." Beaumarchais




Food Trend Changes

in the past 10 years.



by Lessley Anderson, editor at

When the ball drops on January 1, we'll be entering a new decade.
Isn't it funny to think that just 10 years ago we were eating sushi all the time, working at dot-coms, and wearing high-tech-looking shoes with wavy Space Age soles? Imagine if somebody had told us that beards, pickles, and backyard chickens would be cutting-edge, 2010 fashion. busted out the time capsule to investigate more of what we were eating and drinking in 1999, and how it's changed. Take a look...



Sushi everywhere: Mountains of shrimp at dot-com parties, oyster and raw bars galore

Fish endangered: Bluefin tuna extinct by 2012, shrimp farming now recognized as environmentally terrible, salmon fisheries close

Atkins diet: People eating meat to lose weight

Skinny bitches: Veganism as diet trick

Cell phones: Use in restaurants debated

Cell phones: Ubiquitous

Smoking: Still allowed in NYC restaurants

No smoking: Not anymore!

Starbucks: Killing indie coffeehouses

Independent roasters: Kicking Starbucks' ass

Asian fusion/overblown food: Ahi tuna tartare towers

Italian, rustic, simple: Country grits, egg on pizza, braises, pie

Appletinis: Cocktails were froufrou and candy-colored

Manhattans: Cocktails are manly, classic, made from brown spirits

Webvan: Get your groceries delivered in under half an hour!

Farmers' markets: Browse in a leisurely fashion for local lettuces

Triple-distilled vodka: High-tech and free-flowin', mixed with Red Bull to fuel late-night programming/raving

Beer: Craft ales, made by hand

Reservation-only restaurants

Pop-up restaurants, street food

Expensive wine

Half-off wine nights, box wine

Fine linens

Hand-woven rustic napkins and recycled materials

Not many people eating organic

Walmart sells organic food

Restaurant names reflect hubris: Paragon, Vertigo, Mc2

Restaurant names are humble: Dirt Candy, Farm, Flour + Water

We wanted exotic: Thai satay, imported caviar and rum, anything Asian fusion

We want local: Restaurants list which farms things come from on menus, consumers want to know where their meat was raised

Eating dinner at your desk, ordered in by the boss while launching your dot-com

Out of work, learning to cook and can tomatoes at home

Catered parties: With wasabi mashed potatoes in martini glasses

Butchering demonstrations and home-picklin' classes launched: Food blogs start up

Food blogs blamed for death of Gourmet

Eating free food at dot-com launch parties

Freeganism and gleaning: Dumpster diving and stealing your neighbors' fruit thrives in the economic downturn



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