Browsing Category : Food Trends

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Purple is the New Green


2017 food trend encourages deeply-pigmented vegetables on your plate The familiar phrase “eat your greens” may soon change to reflect one of 2017’s biggest food trends: the colour purple. It’s a well-known fact that colourful fruits and veggies are good for you. They’re high in phytonutrients, those compounds including flavonoids and pigments that naturally protect and enrich plants. Phytonutrients such…

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Happy Animals, Tasty Meat


PEI Charcuterie brings 2017 food trend to the Island As food trends go, charcuterie will remain a hot one in 2017 according to a poll of 1,300 US chefs. That’s good news for Island food entrepreneurs and farmers, Karine Arsenault and Jordan Liantzakis. The couple launched PEI Charcuterie last month and are eager to share their ethically-raised, value-added meat product…

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Building a 21st Century Menu


A chef committed to local sourcing explains Cheez Whiz in a spray can, “fluffernutter” sandwiches on Wonder Bread, Jell-O pie á la Cool Whip. We’ve all either experienced these renowned 20th century delicacies ourselves or heard of them from our Gen-X parents. Either way, these iconic post-baby boomer cupboard items and lunch bag fillers have, for the most part, become…

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Food + Technology


Technology is reshaping what and how we eat in big ways Innovations are popping up all over the world that will allow us to connect with our food in new ways in 2017. From virtual grocery shopping to creating meal plans based on our DNA, it’s clear that food and technology have become fundamentally linked. Major kitchen appliance manufacturers have…

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What’s Hot, What’s Not, and Who Knows?


To Foodies With Love: The Chefs (PART 1) To trend or not to trend, that is the question. And Island chefs have widely diverging views not only on particular food trends, but the concept itself. Even with differing opinions on the topic of trends, a commonality exists when it comes to taking pride and serving good, honest food without too…

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Food Trend – Sugar


The Bittersweet Truth If you haven’t heard, sugar is the new enemy. We’ve known for a long time that excess sugar consumption can lead to negative health effects including increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. While current recommendations include reducing your total sugar intake to 25 grams or less per day, sometimes it’s not so obvious how much you…

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Planting the Seeds of a Vegetable-Loving Community


Veg PEI serves up plant-based education, events, and restaurant challenges “You don’t win friends with salad.” Or so Homer Simpson tells his daughter, Lisa, in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons when she decides to become a vegetarian and is ridiculed by her family and schoolmates for her dietary choices. Feeling alone and frustrated, Lisa’s resolve to stick to her…

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Food Trend – Zero Waste


Reducing our foodprint makes environmental and economic sense As we make our way into 2017, it’s clear that the problem of food waste remains a prominent issue to those in the food production and hospitality industries as well as individuals looking for ways to reduce their personal foodprint. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, a staggering one-third of food produced…

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A 100-mile Red Island Diet


Heather Martin embraces the ‘eat local’ challenge and discovers a land of plenty Intense caffeine withdrawals and tomato sauce made with honey were not exactly what I’d expected when I sunk my locavore teeth into a week-long 100-mile diet attempt. The environmental-friendly initiative, popularized by Alisa Smith and J.B. McKinnon in the book The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of…

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Food Trends – Vegetable Forward


2017 will see an embrace of a plant-based diet There is a movement afoot. The year 2017 will mark a fundamental shift in people’s habits towards a plant-based way of eating. Not confined to the traditional vegetarian and vegan diets, this movement will be guided by healthful lifestyles, ethical choices, and sustainability. The birth of the flexitarian diet came about…

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