The locavore movement has shortened the distance from farm to fork. Some chefs have gone further, tending farms of their own. “A lot of heirloom vegetables never make it to restaurants; here’s a chance to grow them,” says Jose Garces, chef-owner of J.G. Domestic and other Philadelphia restaurants. He and others have taken hoe in hand to cultivate plots.
The dining public is saving lots of room for dessert. According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2006 Tableservice Restaurant Trends report, 30 percent of fine-dining operators, 27 percent of casual dining places and 32 percent of family restaurants say their customers are ordering more dessert now than they did two years ago. And data from NPD/CREST reveals that 12 percent of consumers order dessert at restaurants. So what should you be purchasing to satisfy these sweet cravings?