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Industry News: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Releases Third Annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast


SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cocktails with a culinary twist, the "nose to tail" movement, South American and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, and reimagined childhood desserts are among the top trends according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast, released today. This third annual trend report offers a glimpse into the innovative flavors and unique sips that will influence restaurant and bar menus in the coming year.

The forecast findings were uncovered via an extensive survey of leading chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from 70+ acclaimed Kimpton restaurants, bars and lounges across 30+ U.S. cities. New this year, the report also includes insights from renowned food influencers, photographers and videographers. These culinary and cocktail aficionados partnered with Kimpton to create original content via videos, recipes and images, to showcase their unique take on interesting forecast findings.


"When it comes to culinary trends, Kimpton chefs and bartenders are on the hunt for the flavors and techniques that tantalize taste buds and expand diners' culinary universe. They're true trendsetters and innovators in our kitchens and bars," said Alex Taylor, Kimpton's senior vice president of restaurants & bars. "These are the most creative and cutting-edge culinary concepts that will pepper menus and home kitchens in the coming year."

In 2017, restaurant and cocktail enthusiasts can expect to see the following trends come to life across the country.

Top Culinary Trends:

  • A surge in Mediterranean-inspired dishes like creamy sesame hummus with braised chickpeas, olive oil charred octopus, and Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt
  • New twists on favorite childhood desserts like boozy berry sundaes with blackberry chartreuse and sour cherry mascarpone-flavored frozen push-ups
  • Ongoing interest in using the whole beast to create rich, flavorful dishes like oven-roasted bone marrow burgers, chicken skin chips crusted with quinoa and Marcona almonds, braised pork neck ragout pappardelle, and cheekily named pig face candy bars with country style pâté and raw sugar brulée
  • The sustainability-driven "root to leaf" movement that embraces using vegetables in their entirety in dishes like radish greens, carrot top pesto, salt roasted beets, and celery root purées
  • More lean meat alternatives popping onto menus to be featured in dishes like smoked elk carpaccio and venison tartare as well as ox, bison, boar, ostrich for the more adventurous diner
  • Spices like cardamom, cumin and turmeric that add an extra kick to any dish

Leading Cocktail Trends:

  • Adding a culinary twist to classic cocktails with unique ingredients like roasted grapes, salt-roasted plantains, smoked tomato water, puréed red pepper, snap peas, corn, or even pickling brine to create either sweet or savory culinary cocktails
  • South American-inspired cocktails like a Caipirinha using mezcal, cachaça, jalapeño-infused cachaça, serrano chili syrup or pisco
  • Fat-washing cocktails with alternative non-meat-based fats like milk, coconut and peanut butter
  • Wine and cheese remain the top food and drink pairing, but fresh new combinations like oysters and gin or sherry and fries will emerge as chefs and bartenders collaborate more on tasting menus and small plates
  • Signature cocktails developed out of fermented beverages like Kombucha, ginger beer and coconut kefir for creations like a cranberry and tangerine Kombucha cocktail

Bringing The Trends To Life

Kimpton chefs and bartenders are already bringing these trends to life in their restaurants and bars. And in the spirit of unique pairings, Kimpton's Director of Bars Mike Ryan and Director of Music Lauren Bucherie have come together to create a custom Spotify playlist featuring classic rock. According to the Culinary & Cocktail forecast, classic rock and indie folk are the top two music genres that strike a chord with guests. The songs help make the bitters pop, the sugars balanced and the spirits smooth.

For more information on this year's Culinary & Cocktail Trend forecast including survey findings, recipes, YouTube videos, infographics and more insights from Kimpton chefs and bartenders, please visit www.kimptonhotels.com/CCTrends.



2017's Culinary & Cocktail Trends, from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (PRNewsFoto/Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)

2017's Culinary & Cocktail Trends, from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (PRNewsFoto/Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants)


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Whole Foods getting into the resort business

Healthy lifestyle education will be the focus of the company's first luxury resort in Texas.

You may soon be able to have a relaxing day at Whole Foods. Not the Whole Foods grocery store where the prices can sometimes make you feel like you’re in cardiac arrest, but a Whole Foods upscale health resort where you can go for spa treatments and receive a healthy lifestyle education.
Whole Foods is looking to create its first resort in Austin, Texas, where the company’s headquarters is located. Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey talked exclusively about the resort to USA Today and said the project is about three years away.
Continue Reading @ MNN

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Mandarin Oriental Lets Diners Decide On Hotel Menu By QR Code Voting

Our latest Future  Of Retail Report looks at the trend of Crowdsourced Product Range. One manifestation of this trend  can be seen in the Café Causette at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong. Café  Causette recently solicited consumer opinions when deciding what type of  burger they should put on its menu; café patrons were given the opportunity to  order a special platter of five mini-burgers, each of which featured various  local ingredients and cooking traditions.

Following their meal, waiters gave patrons instructions and a special QR code  to scan, encouraging them to log into their respective Facebook accounts to vote  on their favorite burger. The burger that garnered the most popular support  became a permanent fixture on the café’s menu.

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‘Love hotel’ for dogs to open in Brazil

The hotel also has veterinarians and biologists on staff as well as luxury accessories for sale.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Home to a 32-million-strong canine population, the world's second largest after the United States, Brazil is to open a "love hotel" for pets in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.
The economic daily Valor reported that Fabiano Lourdes and his sister Daniela planned this week to inaugurate "Animalle Mundo Pet," an eight-story building with an entire floor devoted to dog tryst.
Dog owners will have to pay $50 a day for a room, which comes complete with a heart-shaped mirror on the ceiling, red cushions on the floor and dimmed lighting.
The idea is inspired by the thousands of love motels which allow Brazilian couples to rent rooms by the hour for amorous purposes.
"For many people, the dog is a child who must be well treated," 26-year-old Fabiano Lourdes explained.
"Our market studies showed that people work all day long and they do not know where to drop their pets for mating," he added, expressing hope that similar hotels will sprout up in other Brazilian cities.
The brother and sister told Valor they have invested $1 million dollar in the venture, which has 60 employees, including veterinarians and biologists and will sell luxury accessories such as $1,000 Swarovski crystal dog collars.
They hope to generate sales of more than $300,000 a month.
Their pet love hotel will have a fitness center and space for dogs to celebrate their birthdays.

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The sourdough hotel at the Urban Deli in Stockholm

The sourdough hotel: a cultural centre

Sourdough breadmaking has had a real renaissance in recent years, with specialist artisan bakeries rolling out across Europe and the US, and more and more people cultivating their own batches at home. In Sweden the craze has been particularly intense and Stockholm is now home to the, let's face it, somewhat gimmicky "sourdough hotel". Located in the Urban Deli in the painfully hip Sofo district, the "hotel" charges 300 Swedish Crowns (£27) a week (a week!) to keep sourdoughs thriving while their owners go on holiday.

According to Jesper Konstantinov, part-owner of the Urban Deli, sourdough baking is popular among what he calls the socially conscious. And, he adds, "it's huge among stay-at-home-dads. They have really been a driving force in the Swedish sourdough craze. They are the same dads who come to us for tips on how to make their own sausages because they don't want to give their kids the commercially produced stuff. They don't trust it."

Full Article @ Guardian


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Dutch firm creates ‘Divorce Hotel’ service

A Dutch entrepreneur has offered couples the chance of a weekend away with a difference - by staying in a hotel where he will help them finalise their divorce.

Jim Halfen's 'Divorce Hotel' allows pairs intent on breaking up to get quick divorces by staying for two days in their accommodation and coming out as two all-but-separated people.

The Netherlands-based firm aim to talk couples through alimony, splitting assets, visitation rights for children and any other outstanding marital issues to help finalise a divorce.

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In Mexico, hotel’s “soap concierge” hand-cuts locally made soap

A “soap concierge” at the newly renovated 41-villa Viceroy Riviera Maya now offers guests a choice of locally made soaps and then hand cuts bars on the spot from their selections.

Full Article @ SpringWise

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New Japanese Hotel For Sheep

In Japan (where else?), it's now perfectly acceptable to book a hotel room for your sheep when you go away. We recently received an announcement about a new 30-room hotel, called simply "Hotel Sheep Guest House," opening in Yugawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, about two hours south of Tokyo.

Surprisingly, unlike doggie boarding houses, or human hotels that are pet-friendly, this Japanese hotel strictly prohibits all other animals, meaning at any given moment its rooms are full of only sheep. How incredible! This is exactly the kind of place we'd like to visit when we're having an off day. Cuddling with all those sheep, ordering room service, maybe even watching a movie (Shrek somehow seems appropriate) would be like a hotel dream come true.


view full article at Jaunted

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Ever want to sleep in a giant tube pipe? Now you can at Tubohotel

When I was growing up in Bangkok, Thailand, the city was beginning to build its first ever overhead public transportation system. On my way to school, I would often see massive tube pipes lined up along the road and get this childish urge to run and play inside the hollow tunnels. Of course, because those things weren't actually toys, my mother wouldn't allow me to play remotely near a construction site, and I never got to live out my weird childhood fantasies. Or could I?

Think of the Tubohotel as a glorified concrete tube pipe. Located in Tepoztlán, Mexico, or approximately 45 minute south of Mexico City, this unique architectural hotel is built to stack like tube pipes and gives you an illusion of living in a sphere bowl. Each of the hotel rooms are made from recycled tube pipe materials, so not only is it unique, it's also green and environmentally-conscious. Just a visual of the hotel grounds feels like you're in an oversized playground or construction area.

However, not to be fooled, the amenities are on par with most hostels abroad. Each of the hotel's 20 tube pipe rooms contains a queen size bed, desk light, fan, towel rack, an under-bed storage, and curtains for privacy. While you don't get an en-suite toilet or shower, the hotel does have a common bathroom where you can have a private booth for cleansing purposes. You will have to provide your own shampoo, soap, and flip flops though.

But don't get discouraged from the lack of amenities just yet! A night at a ground level tube starts at just 300 pesos per double occupancy, or $24 USD. That's more or less the price of a dinner for two in New York City. Prices can fluctuate up to 600 pesos a night on holidays and weekends, and upper level tube pipes cost anywhere between 400 to 700 pesos. That's still approximately $55 USD for the most expensive category of room during the hotel's most exclusive dates. Though the hotel has no on-site restaurant, you will be served meals made with the finest ingredients from the city's local chefs.

The Tubohotel also offers packages that includes camp ground hiking and culinary lessons, if you choose to get more in touch with the Mexican culture once you're there. While the tube pipe rooms seem interesting to be in, sleeping overnight might get a bit claustrophobic. Still, the rooms can't get worse than a Japanese style capsule hotel, which is basically a coffin for the living with no windows, desks, or storage racks. The Tubohotel is a neat choice for travelers who want to camp, but need something a little extra to add just a touch of luxury to their stay. If anyone chooses to stay at the very affordable hotel, please send us a postcard and let us know how your experience went.


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