The media has been buzzing with food trends & tastes for 2016 !!


As each year draws to a close, I hear from many journalists as they are all wanting to write about the new tastes & trends for the upcoming year.

Wow, was there ever a buzz around food trends this year !

So, what will I be watching for ~ will it be another year of craft pickling, or birch syrup, or kimchee or …….?

Here are the links to a few of the stories that highlight the tastes in my culinary crystal ball for 2016.

Let me know what your favourite food was in 2015.

Don’t forget to Taste, Taste, Taste!!

Canadian Grocer Magazine
January 4, 2016

CTV News
December 28, 2015

November 23, 2015

July 21, 2015


The Taste of Culinary Travel

Culinary Tastes with Christine Couvelier of Culinary Concierge and Travelocity

I was pleased again this year, to partner with Travelocity & reveal the top culinary travel destinations for this year.

Visit Global Food Trendologist Christine Couvelier and Travelocityca Unveil the Hottest Destinations in Culinary Travel for our new report and find out all of the great tastes around the world!

Leave me a comment — I would love to hear about your tasty travels.

Taste, Taste, Taste,


Travelocity Culinary Travel Trend Report

Roaming Travelocity Gnome partners with Culinary ConciergeWhere should you go for your next vacation? I’m a firm believer in letting your inner foodie guide you in such matters, and a survey shows that 75% of Canadians agree with me, putting food near the top of the list when planning their holidays. So that’s settled – follow your stomach!

The next question is obvious: What’s hot in the food world right now, and where can you get it?

To help you discover the answer, I’ve teamed up with to create the First Annual Culinary Travel Trend Watch Report. It highlights 10 mouth-watering food trends happening around the world, from sustainable seafood in Vancouver and craft cocktails in New Orleans, to foraged food tapas in San Sebastien, Spain.

Read the report and you’ll have to fight the urge to start booking tickets right away!

Top 10 Travelocity Travel Destinations with Christine Couvelier of Culinary Concierge

Let’s face it, one of the great joys of travel is coming back and sharing your culinary discoveries with friends and family. I know I love pointing people in the direction of that hidden vineyard, incredible bakery or up-and-coming restaurant I visited (not to mention that it’s my job as a Global Culinary Trendologist!).

So head over to to read the Culinary Travel Trend Report!

Breakfast TV with Christine Couvelier on Travelocity Trend Watch Report

Helping you uncover food trends around the world

To learn more about the latest culinary trends around the world, keep coming back to my website, where you’ll find information on Trend Watch Reports as well as the wide range of food product and concept development services I offer.

Food is my passion, and I’m dedicated to helping readers and clients identify and act on upcoming trends in the culinary world.

Thanks for reading, and happy travels!

Taste! Taste! Taste!



Christine Talks About Food Trends

Christine Couvelier talks about Food Trends | Culinary Concierge

Cronuts ….
Ramen Burger ….
McDonald’s Mighty Wings ….

I have been interviewed quite a few times recently & have been asked to comment on trends that are happening in the food world. As a culinary trendologist, I am always tasting & looking in my culinary crystal ball for new trends that may be showing up on a menu or on a grocery store shelf near you.


Have you tasted a cronut ?

Would you stand in line for a ramen burger ?

Is McDonald’s the right place for chicken wings ?

Love to hear your thoughts on some of the ideas & comments in the articles below.

Globe and Mail — August 3, 2013
Bacon as a food group .. In all parts of our lives

Vocativ — August 19, 2013
What’s the next culinary fad?

Vocativ — August 27, 2013
McDonald’s launches chicken wings — what do you think ?

Sacramento Bee — August 28, 2013
Cronuts — worth the hunt or a passing fancy ?

Don’t’ forget ….

Taste, Taste, Taste


Culinary Crystal Ball

What’s ahead for our tastebuds in 2013?

At Culinary Concierge, I taste, experience & look for food trends around the world.

Taste, Taste, Taste !!!

Chef in the kitchen - food trendsI create & customize Trend Watch Reports for my clients, that provide a detailed look at food trends from 1 – 5 years in the future.

Planning for new product development or new menu items is easier with a view to how the food trends may be affecting specialty ingredients, cooking methods & equipment and cuisines & dishes. I map out the trends that are emerging, developing or exisitng, then lay out a plan to bring a new idea or taste to the grocery shelf or the restaurant table.  My external exposure & tasting of foods around the world work towards fabulous new food products that are on-trend, on-time and taste great !!

Here are a few trends that I will be watching closely throughout 2013.

Love Your Vegetables

Love Your Vegetables - Trend Watch ReportsVegetables are now in the centre of your plate. Have you heard of Meatless Mondays? And what about all the wonderful farmer’s markets that tempt us with displays of seasonal vegetables.

Bartenders Are Becoming Bar Chefs

Look carefully at cocktail menu at your favourite restaurant. You will start to see more artisanal, local & hand-crafted ingredients in the specialty drinks offered. Watch for great tasting shrubs, sodas & mixes.

Gluten Free With Flavour

As I tour & taste my way through many international food shows, the gluten-free offerings are certainly growing. The biggest change I expect to see this year is the introduction of gluten free products that taste great.

Culinary Travel

Consumers are travelling more to taste new food experiences.  Watch my blog for some exciting news about culinary tours where you can come along and taste with me — fabulous destinations like: NYC, San Francisco/Napa, a culinary cruise & market tours through the Mediterranean & also a tasting tour of the markets of Southern France.

Don’t want to miss out on the new tastes?

Want to follow my fork?

Follow the Fork | Christine CouvelierHere are a few foods that will tempt you this year….

  • coconut oil
  • quince
  • kimchi
  • finger limes
  • popcorn — sweet & savoury
  • donuts

I have been asked my a number of publications to give my thoughts on new food trends for 2013 — here are few of the articles that speak of some other trends that are appearing in my Culinary Crystal Ball.

Global News – Tasty gluten-free foods on horizon while vegetables move to centre of plate – December 2012

Calgary Herald – Entree with quince and salad incorporating cauliflower are on trend for 2013 – January 2013

Calgary Herald – Tasty gluten-free foods on horizon for 2013 – January 2013

Huffington Post – Food In Canada 2013: What Can Canadians Expect To Eat In The New Year? – December 2012

As always,
Taste! Taste! Taste!
Christine Couvelier


Jerusalem – A Cookbook

Jerusalem - A Cookbook

Jerusalem – A Cookbook

As you know, I love food !!

Yesterday was no exception. It was a day filled with tastes. I had a wonderful friend in the food business drop by my kitchens to cook through a new cookbook with me. Yes, it is how we get inspiration, how we fill our palate with wonderful new tastes and treats.

Being a Culinary Trendologist, means I am open to new tastes. As I search for new food trends to present to my clients in my Trend Watch Reports,  I am always looking at what new cookbooks have just been published and what new food trends may come from them.

The test kitchen was filled with wonderful tastes as we explored the gorgeous new book from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, entitled “Jerusalem”.  If you are travelling to London, England — be sure to head to one of the Ottolenghi Restaurants.  As well, it is great to follow their tweets (@ottolenghi or @samitamimi) & see what food adventures & tastes they are up to. 

Fattoush Salad | Culinary Concierge | Vancouver BC

Jerusalem – The Beginning of Fattoush Salad

The menu included Na’aama’s Fattoush.

Then we moved on to create the Roasted Cauliflower & Hazelnut Salad (which is sure to be a favourite from now on!), Salmon Steaks in Chraimeh Sauce & even tackled making Falafel — a breeze if you are patient !! Be sure to make the Zhoug to serve with the Falafel — you won’t want to miss out on this wonderful condiment.

Pureed Beets from Jerusalem Cookbook | Culinary Concierge | Vancouver BC

Jerusalem… WOW! Pureed Beets with Yogurt & ZA’Atar


The Pureed Beets with Yogurt & Za’atar was such a rich colour & perfect to serve beside any grilled or braised meat or fish.


Jerusalem – Starting the Bulgur For the Chermoula Eggplant

Wish you could have smelled the aroma from the oven, as the Chermoula Eggplant was roasting. Here is the bulgur waiting to be placed on the eggplant and topped with yogurt.


Yes, this cookbook would be a great gift for someone who wants to explore new tastes …it is sure to be a best seller for the upcoming holiday season. It is also an important historical look at some of the tastes that we will be seeing on menus & in new products.


Jerusalem… A Feast!!!

Hope you have enjoyed a view into a day in my test kitchen.

Taste, Taste, Taste