Every year, foodies and beverage enthusiasts look forward to the reveal of our Culinary + Cocktail Trends Report. We call upon the knowledge of our talented chefs and bartenders to share their predictions for the most interesting and popular food & drink trends in the coming year.
Using intel from Kimpton’s resident foodies & the expertise of our culinary team, we’ve put together a “Quarantine Edition” of the Culinary & Cocktail Trends Report, including recipes and hot tips to help you bring these to life in the quarantined-comfort of your own kitchen.
Whether you’ve been tempted by the sweet allure of Dalgona coffee or inspired to bake your own bread, we’re sure you’ve seen more than one of these show up in your Instagram feeds. But let’s get real – who could ever get tired of looking at Dalgona?
There’s no denying that banana bread has had a resurgence these past few weeks. Look no further for the best thing to do with those ripening bananas sitting on your kitchen countertop.
Kimpton twist: Add peanut butter chips, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love peanut butter & banana?
This nostalgic iced coffee originates from Korea, where—fun fact—“dalgona” actually means “sweet”.
Kimpton twist: Dust cinnamon on top, whisk in matcha powder, or add chocolate syrup to make it a mocha. Swap the sugar for coconut sugar so it’s lower on the glycemic index—it’s just as Instagrammable and doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much.
Tip: Use instant coffee instead of coffee grounds—it’s supposed to be easy!
Because trips to the bakery aren’t always possible right now, sourdough starter has become the king of quarantine baking.
Kimpton twist: Use the sourdough discards to make it into crackers, turn it into pizza dough, bagel dough, or try your hand at scallion pancakes.
We have it on good authority that the Quarantini is whatever you want it to be. It’s a cocktail for the people by the people and its hashtag has gone viral with 57k posts and counting. There is no wrong way to #quarantini. Use these cocktail recipes for inspiration.
Everyone’s favorite breakfast treat. These cinnamon rolls are easy enough to prep ahead and pop in the oven the morning-of.
Kimpton twist: Make the dough into waffles for a decadent variation on the theme.
“Clean Out Your Fridge” Bowls or Salads
For when you need to use what you already have, but you also want something delicious. Try these fridge cleaning recipes. Because there’s absolutely no wasting food during quarantine.
A little bit savory, a little bit sweet. This carrot cake is also a great way to use those dry ingredients in your pantry.
Kimpton twist: Add a dash of chai spice for a little extra kick.
This is basically a pancake that can be eaten for any meal of the day. We’re on board with the dutch baby revival.
Kimpton twist: Make it savory by omitting the sugar (use a little salt instead) and adding toppings like grated cheese, crème fraiche, bacon, smoked fish, guacamole, etc.
Easy 3-4 Ingredient Cocktails
Try one of these easy cocktails that need just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand, including none other than La Croix. Whatever gets us through lockdown right?
Kimpton twist: We’re partial to the Easy Paloma using La Croix Orange, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, Casamigos Reposado tequila, and a few drops of Stevia.
This is something you normally don’t have time for, but now actually might. Make your own fresh ricotta—whole milk, heavy cream, salt and vinegar is all you need.
Kimpton twist: Spoon onto toast, spin it into a savory or sweet dip or top with fruit and honey for a go-to dessert.
One Pot or One Pan Meals
Brew your own kombucha tea and enjoy the refreshing fizzy drink whenever you please.
Kimpton twist: Experiment with flavors beyond the usual fruit variety for a more sophisticated sip. We like rosemary, mint, jalapeño, and cucumber. Or add vodka and lime for an easy Kombucha Mule.
It’s the perfect time to bring the garden into the kitchen. We mean planting your own ingredients. Tuber plants are relatively easy to re-grow at home. If you’ve already tried green onion (a recipe staple), garlic, lemongrass, bok choy, and ginger also root and grow similarly.
Tip: Leave roots attached and put them in a small jar with some water on a windowsill. Change the water once a week and keep roots moist.
Check out our 2020 Quarantine Culinary Trends (+Twists!) Infographic below!