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,


Culinary Solutions

Culinary Solutions Article | Food Image | Culinary ConciergeCulinary Concierge provides customers with culinary solutions.

I am passionate about food!!

Here are some methods that I use when assisting clients in launching on-trend, on-time great-tasting food products & menu items.

Be Externally Focused

  • look outside your organization
  • who can you partner with that thinks differently from your team
  • know what is happening outside of your office & your kitchen

Culinary Creativity

  • blend together culinary awareness & creativity
  • add a strategic marketing plan
  • toss together with an in-depth trend watch report

Fill Your Product Development Pipeline

  • engage your teams in creative ideation sessions
  • include industry leaders from both inside & outside of the food world
  • plan for successful long term innovation
  • translate culinary trends to match your customer base, your product mix & your future vision

Competitive Analysis

  • be aware of consumer insights towards your brand, your products & your menu items
  • work with an expert to craft an in-depth competitive analysis

Taste, Taste, Taste

  • because great tasting food products & menu items lead to increased social media exposure, worth of mouth advertising, customers, sales & profits
  • taste your way to success

I look forward to working with you on exciting food projects.

Let’s set up a meeting so we can taste some ideas for culinary success.

Taste, Taste, Taste,

Culinary Solutions | Taste Taste Taste | Culinary Concierge


Garden Candy

Garden Candy at Granville Island Market

Garden Candy at Granville Island Market
Vancouver, BC

What food memories do you have of summer ?

Corn, peaches, fresh peas, strawberries; all wonderful, but what about fresh tomatoes?!

Nothing beats the adventure of growing your own tomatoes, picking just the ripe-ready & juicy tomatoe, slicing into it ( while it is still warm from the sunshine ) .. Making a fabulous caprese salad with bocconcini that is oozing with goodness, topping it with fresh basil, a drizzle of glistening olive oil & a grind of fresh pepper & sea salt (I love Vancouver Island Salt Company. Don’t miss out on this taste of Vancouver island at or how about a great BLT sandwich made with freshly toasted sourdough bread.

Tomato Cookbook Inspiration | Culinary Concierge with Christine Couvelier

Tomato Cookbook Inspiration

This summer, I have been using the stone on my BBQ, so cutting the tomatoes in half and grilling them, topped with fresh pesto ( lots of basil in my garden this summer ) has been the side dish to many a meal.

I have been inspired with more tomato creations from a couple of books I just received.

The very clever Barbara-Jo from Books to Cooks in Vancouver, BC ( has started a seasonal book experience where you receive a book at the start of each season. The surprise and delight of this puts a smile on my face. For the summer season the carefully presented package arrived with 2 books, The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford and Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier!

As my tomatoes are ripening earlier than ever, I am busy with tomato recipes each day. Try this wonderful idea for tomato butter from the creative blog Shutterbean.

Let me know what tomato recipes you are making from your garden candy this summer.

Taste, Taste, Taste


Worth the Flight to Toronto

Rasa — Toronto, Ontario

You often hear of lists of restaurants that are “worth the flight”. Well, this is at the top of my list.

Rasa in Toronto is brought to you by The Food Dudes.  Plan a trip to Toronto now.

Here is a photo journey of the incredible meal that the wonderful Chef John and Chef Davin prepared for me recently.

Welcoming + Creative + Fabulous Cocktails + Incredible Tastes + Great Presentation = Hospitality at it’s finest.

Taste! Taste! Taste!


I Won the Culinary Lottery!

I really won the Culinary Lottery!

Trois Mec in LA | Culinary ConciergeOn a recent trip to Los Angeles, I managed to secure a table at Trois Mec. Trois Mec means “three guys”, which is French slang for three friends.
These are not just any friends; but three of the hottest chefs in LA who are so creative, innovative and imaginative that it’s a little like ending up for dinner in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Your chefs and hosts at Trois Mec are Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo.

Why is it a lottery? Well, they only serve dinner from Monday through Friday and they do not take reservations. Spots are secured via an online ticketing system that you log onto two weeks before you want to be there for dinner. Sit at your computer, type very fast and hope that you get a seat.

Food review of Trois Mec in Los Angeles | Christine Couvelier Culinary ConciergeOh, right there are only 12 seats! Not bad when I counted 22 staff serving, cooking, creating and pouring.

Now, if you expect to pull up and see a sign that says Trois Mec — it’s not there. The sign says Raffalo’s Pizza. They never changed it. So open the door and be greeted by the whole staff turning and yelling out “Bonsoir” (the fun has just begun).

Food review of Trois Mec in LA | Christine Couvelier Don’t look for a menu when you sit down. They don’t have one. There is a different tasting menu each night. Just sit back and let the culinary creativity take over every sip and every bite of the tasting menu and wine pairings. There were 12 courses the night I was there.

Tiny tastes that made up one of the top three meals of my life!

Trois Mec White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes

Trois Mec White Chocolate Mashed Potatoes

There were too many highlights to mention; but, the winner was the smoked and bruleed eel served on a bed of white chocolate mashed potatoes. Yes, you did just read that correctly. It was simply the best taste of the year.

Oh, and that menu you were expecting — it’s presented at the end of your Trois Mec Food Review in Los Angeles | Culinary Conciergemeal. What a great way to ensure you will never forget your meal at Trois Mec. I’ll be planning another trip very soon because I just can’t wait to eat there again!

Taste! Taste! Taste!


Hale Food

Hale Food Partners with Culinary Concierge
Recently, I was thrilled to be asked to become part of a new group of food industry professionals at Hale Food.

John Hale has pulled together a team of the best development and innovation people in the industry — think of all the great projects, food products & new menu items that will be created!

I sat down with John for an interview, so you could get to know more about Hale Food.

Hi John … I am so pleased to discuss Hale Food with you.

What made you want to start Hale Food?
I have worked for big blue chip companies for over 30 years now and I wanted to give something back, particularly to the little guy. I have had lots of experience in sensory, product development and factories and I wanted to share that with more than just one company.

Tell me a bit about your culinary journey?
started my culinary journey in my childhood. I was always cooking and working in the kitchen at home in Yorkshire, England and really enjoyed making comfort food for the pleasure of others. The same thing applies to me today. Making products that people love means everything to me.

How did you choose the team members?
he easiest part of starting Hale Food was picking the team members to be with me. Their backgrounds, experience and professionalism speaks for itself. They are all talented in their own areas and bring such an array of expertise I would have been foolish to be without them. Someone always knows the answer …… and it’s not always me.

What makes your heart sing? & what kind of projects do you love to be involved with?
What makes my heart sing is when you see people in a grocery store picking up your product and placing it in their basket. For them to be using something that you have worked on creating is the pinnacle for me. I love to be involved in all types of projects but particularly ones that are difficult to solve. The feeling when a team comes together to solve something that has complexity and succeeds is one of the best feelings in the world.

Who are your potential clients?
I would not discount anyone from being one of our clients. We tailor to all prices and needs. The little companies who need a little more help are in some ways more appealing to me because they are so pleased when you help them solve an issue. It’s not all about money, it’s about doing the right things and doing them well.

What is your favourite food?
My favourite food is fish …. plain white fish, steamed or baked, wonderful delicate flavours and soft succulent textures…… perfect.

What is your favourite drink?
My favourite drink would have to be tea …. nice and strong with a dash of milk, no sugar ….. wonderfully refreshing with just a little bite.

What is a favourite & tasty food memory?
Smell evokes memory and the smell that evokes the best and tastiest memory for me is of the seaside. It is the same in Victoria as it is in England and it is really difficult to describe but there is a slightly damp ozone aroma that brings me back to catching and eating shrimp and crab in both places.

Where do you like to travel to find culinary inspiration?
I have been very lucky in being able to travel the world for work. I have really enjoyed the culinary experience in San Francisco where the food is wonderful, Vancouver Island where you could not get fresher seafood, Boston & Massachusetts as a whole, the flavours seems so different there and in Europe I really enjoyed the rustic hearty flavours that Hungary had to offer. There are so many delights that you could fill a book with them.

Thanks John — I so look forward to sharing my passion for food, experience & enthusiasm with all of the team at Hale Food.

Taste! Taste! Taste!


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!

Discover your foodie type and win

Not only does the Culinary Travel Trend Report list 10 great destinations to indulge your taste buds in truly amazing culinary adventures, there’s also an online Foodie Profile Quiz running alongside it that helps you learn what kind of foodie you are.

The Travelocity Gnome about town with Christine Couvelier

  • Christine Couvelier with the Travelocity Gnome at Breakfast TV Toronto

    Christine Couvelier with the Travelocity Gnome at Breakfast TV Toronto

  • Christine Couvelier and Travelocity Gnome at Global News Studio Toronto

    Christine Couvelier and Travelocity Gnome at Global News Studio Toronto

  • Christine Couvelier and JP Challet at Ici Bistro

    Christine Couvelier and JP Challet at Ici Bistro

  • Travelocity Gnome at CHCH Hamilton Morning Show

    Travelocity Gnome at CHCH Hamilton Morning Show

  • The Travelocity Gnome Roaming Town

    Christine Couvelier with JP Challet & the Travelocity Gnome in Toronto


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!



So Hot – Eat Here Right Now

Anyone who follows my blog will know that I think Seattle is one of the greatest food cities around.

One of my new finds is MKT, brought to you by the never-ending chef / restaurateur, Ethan Stowell, who continues to share his passion for food in a variety of ways at his endless list of restaurants.

MKT is a tiny new gem full of incredible tastes to share. The dungeness crab salad with tart apple, tarragon, and endive was so refreshing and crisp.  I crave another taste of his winter squash fritters with corriander, herb and pumpkin seed pesto.

The special dish for me was the smoked wild mushrooms with sweet potato gnocchi topped with crispy shallots and thyme.

Trust me! Head to MKT for great hospitality, wonderful service, and tastes to make memories. Visit