2022 Restaurant Predictions and Trends

The pandemic has definitely changed what and how we eat either at home or at a restaurant or on the go. Innovation and new tech tools put consumers in the driver’s seat.

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  • Robots are coming. Both front and back-of-house. This means robotic bartenders, and 3D printing of plant-based burgers are being automated. Robots can prepare your burgers, tacos, pizza, and salads at this time. Restaurants are going for these inventions to solve much of the Great Resignation. The question is this, how long until there is a return on investment for the restaurants. The shorter, then the more robots may be desired over hiring employees.
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  • Menu trends –
    1. bold-flavored drinks are on the rise. Robust flavors could provide reassurance to people they still have, or have recovered, their senses.
    2. Extreme hummus variations – adding citrus, Kalamata olives, or roasted mushrooms with garlic chips, new ways of serving hummus is on the gain.
    3. Plant-based chicken – being tested now at Burger King, A&W, Panda Express and KFC amongst other chains
    4. Singaporean Cuisine – several movies have come out hailing a dish called Singaporean curry noodle dish laksa to be totally awesome.
    5. Caribbean Cuisine – from conch fritters and barracuda steaks to goat stew, whole roasted hog, mofongo and callaloo – these are some dishes worth trying.
    6. Agave spirits – raicilla, bacanora, sotol and different cactus types are distinctive enough to be interesting are gaining popularity to these types of liquors.
    7. West African Cuisines – stretching from Mauritania to Cameroon are being explored in restaurants sharing the distant heritage of the African diaspora. And this should be celebrated. Suya and joloff rice which is probably an ancestor of Jambalaya are appearing on menus. Spice blends and egusi (melon seeds) are included.
    8. Fermentation of all kinds is on the rise. These are living foods, not preserved foods, Kimchi is among them, being included as something more than just a family condiment.
    9. Wagyu – “Japanese beef” that is rich in marbling and gets a premium price tag with it. This type of beef is becoming more and more common for the average American consumer.
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  • Technology Trends –
    • 1) Ghost Kitchen space is about to get quite competitive.
    • 2) Technology-enabled pickup solutions – temperature-controlled delivery boxes that keep hot food hot and cold foods cold are en route for delivery. The rising number of complaints about “soggy food” has resulted In packaging technology innovation being a priority to keep the growing percentage of restaurant delivery customers satisfied.
    • 3) Drop-in high-end dining – “Less fussy fine dining” – hospitality CEOs and founders of restaurant hospitality groups have noticed that in New York City, casual concepts are more in vogue. Many high-end dining establishments in New York City used to require dinner jackets for men. Now there is only one place left with that requirement.
    • 4) Cuisine variety – As more and more people eat at casual dining venues the need for “Eat the World” offerings has also become very popular.

Pickled Red Onions

A most helpful condiment

When I go to help a restaurant that may be re-branding itself, one of the easiest things to do is help them change their condiments.

This is one of the most versatile condiments as it goes with so many cuisines like Mexican, Chinese, Korean, American, Greek, and Indian foods.

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Chefsville will be filming a video on how easy it is to make this. Making pickles in the kitchen with kids is a great way of teaching them about preserving foods. Preserving foods has a rich history. There is a difference between just preserving food and fermenting foods.

My research found by far the best information and how-to article is Best Article Ever on Pickled Red Onions. We wanted to share it with you. This is the starting point for making great pickles. change the recipe and make it your own based on your personal preferences and where you live. Please tell us what you use pickled red onions on.

Also fermenting foods. Fermented foods are gut-healthy foods for humans. The fermentation process allows for microbial growth conversation of food components through enzymatic actions.

Examples of fermented foods include sauerkraut (German), miso (Japan), kimchi (Korea), kefir(North Caucasus between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea), and kombucha(China). There are many more.

Fermentation allows for potential probiotic health benefits since the fermentation process is derived from the production of bioactive peptides and other naturally occurring processes that benefit our gastrointestinal health.

Please excuse me while I go and make a batch of this using agave nectar as a sweetener for my family. Don’t forget to comment below on your favorite use of pickled red onions.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse can be very hard to spot. Abusers do not want to be discovered. They are after control and power in the relationship and use tactics like criticizing, insulting, belittling, blaming, threatening, isolating and withholding affection or money.

Abusers use these methods to “tear down” the independence and self-confidence of those they are in relationships with. The biggest risk to the abuser is getting caught. It could be they are so invested in their confusion and don’t want change such as a breaking off of the relationship or being forced to admit their weakness of character.

“Emotional abuse is insidious!” says therapist Sharie Stines, who specializes in recovery from abuse.

Be sure that in a healthy relationship you are validated, reassured, heard and understood.

Abusive relationships don’t start out as abusive. There is an initial loving and caring, then it slowly goes downhill. Sometimes the kindness the other person is offering is only a “hook” to win over your trust. Emotional abuse could quickly escalate into physical violence. There is a language that most perpetrators who engage in abuse use and this takes the focus off of the abuse:

  1. “You are too sensitive.” Do you hear the sense of “shame” in that saying?
  2. “You are impossible to please.” Do you hear the focus shift away from the abusive perpetrator?
  3. “Your friends don’t have your back like I do.” Do you see they are trying to get you to trust them more than others?
  4. “Your friends don’t have your best interest at heart”. Its subtle manipulation in most cases to get you to doubt the value of others. This creates a feeling of isolation. This phrase keeps you from wanting to be with your friends.
  5. “Why are you making such a big deal out of this?” Abusive partners ignore issues at heart and flip them backward instead.
  6. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” This makes you question your own judgment, memories and sense of reality.
  7. “My ex was so much better than you.” Unfavorable comparing challenges self-esteem. It’s disparaging and used to diminish a partner’s spirit and confidence.

Oh My! What do we do?

There is no one fix for all responses and situations. But some of these ideas may help a bit.

First, please evaluate if that relationship is what you want for the rest of your life. If you inject the idea that the other partner will change – don’t expect that in reality. In most cases, abusive, “gaslighting” behaviors don’t carry with them the “ideal to change”. The person inflicting these behaviors does not want to be caught.

  1. Keep Safe! It’s important to know when you are not safe. Have a plan to stay safe. Don’t give up on being safe. It is your right as a human being. You may need to trust your gut feelings.
  2. Know “how” you are being played. Look for patterns that confirm your gut feelings. Establish some proof. You may have weak spots in your personality that are being challenged. In a healthy relationship, those “weak spots” are built up not challenged to where you feel negative about yourself.

Abusers will exploit your good nature.

  1. Explaining yourself will not work against an abuser. Their focus is much different than yours. While you may want restoration, their purpose is to not get caught on something that they have said or done that you do not know about. If you must respond, try this to defuse combative escalation: “Thank you for sharing your thoughts about me. I don’t agree.” Make a decision to stop arguing with the abuser. Healthy relationship boundaries allow for discussion without insults.
  2. When you are feeling defensive, try to disengage from the conversation. Call a friend, journal, do anything other than defending yourself. The abuser may feed off of your defensiveness and the situation could escalate into physical abuse.
  3. Plan for a relationship change status after you recognize abusive behavior. Once patterns are figured out, it may be a time for change to keep you safe. This will require a step back and escape from the relationship in order to make the abuse stop. Not all things can be fixed into what we want it to be. Being invested heavily into a relationship makes this hard. Bringing in outside parties to get that safety and some distance from the relationship may be necessary.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522 for the National Dating Abuse Helpine.

More information can be found at www.LoveIsRespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800.799.7233 or online at www.TheHotline.org

Disclaimer: There are indeed situations where a partner or friend has mental health issues. Chefsville encourages abusers to “STOP” verbal abuse and get professional help. The prize is a loving, kind, and rewarding relationship that encourages exhorts and fosters growth. There are also situations where chronic forms of selfishness, ego, stubbornness, inability to admit wrongs, or uncontrolled thinking are present. This writing assumes that there are no mental health issues or extreme willful behavior present.

Chefsville exists to reduce family violence, abuse and neglect. There is much abuse that happens in the kitchens. The kitchen used to be the command center of the family. Now it has in many cases degraded into a place where family abuse is conducted. The kitchen has become a place where kids are manipulated, intimidated and coerced. Let’s regain the kitchens to a place where love, trust and good communication are dispensed. The kitchen was always a place where family members could be built-up and encouraged. Retake your own kitchen! Let loving kindness reign in your kitchen with everyone.