Globalization, plus the increase in consumer interest in food and a nagging sweet tooth, have pushed the desire for bolder and more diverse flavors beyond center-of-plate. While classic desserts continue to please, sweet treats incorporating flavors and ingredients of cultures from around the world inspire menus and guests across the U.S. A recent Datassential Food Bytes report indicates that as consumers’ food knowledge expands, so do their palates, inspiring them to seek out new concepts and fresh flavors so they can personally experience what they have read or seen. The same report reveals that specialty ethnic restaurants, as well as inventive fast-casual and chef-casual eateries, have encouraged the trend.
“Chef-casual joints, which are casual restaurants owned by fine dining chefs, offer consumers the uniqueness and artisan qualities of fine dining without high cost or intimidation,” states the report. But you don’t need to be a fine dining chef to incorporate global flavors into your confections. Sweetening a current offering with exotic herbs, spices or chocolate or offering your own ethnic spin on a classic dessert provides a delightful finish to any globally influenced menu.
As an apéritif, check out how some operations are spicing up their dessert menus:
Curry Tapioca Pudding, Cherries Jubilee with Szechuan Ice Cream
State Bird Provisions
San Francisco, Calif.
Summer berry jam, black pepper cake, shiso, nectarines and hazelnuts
Goat Cheese Cheesecake with cajeta ice cream, burnt grapefruit, butterscotch crumble, avocado
Mint panna cotta, cucumber sorbet, sunflower cake
Remolacha con Coco: sweet red beet cake, smoked hazelnut, chocolate mousse, pickled beets, crispy ginger, coconut sorbet