Cool kids play with their food

Food fads like molecular gastronomy, cupcakes and bacon on everything have come and gone. Some stay for awhile (casseroles) and others disappear as quickly as they showed up on the market (remember the WOW fat-free potato chips from Frito-Lay?). Now, the newest food trend popping up in restaurants and catering companies is interactive food.

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A boutique catering company in New York called Pinch Food Design want to entertain and inspire with food “as delicious as it is daring, and design as inviting as it is innovative.” Pinch Plated from founders Bob Spiegel, chef, and TJ Girard, designer, offers three-course dinner parties that encourage diners to play with their food.

Tuna sushi and beets are served with “trim your own” micro salad in a peel-back sardine tin with embroidery scissors on the side. They serve hunks of filet onto a smoking hot rock with bamboo tongs, sauce Béarnaise, Brussels sprouts and truffled potatoes. Innovative tablescapes and presentation marry design elements and food for a impactful experience that Spiegel hopes will stir change for the catering industry.

Restaurants have also started to feature menu items that require the diner to “build” their food or take the pieces provided to create their or dish. Like painting creamy reductions and sauces on a phyllo canvas with actual paintbrushes. Who says you’re too old to play with your food?


Cook Your Cupboard

We’re all guilty of it, you guys.

You know, those random food products we buy or inherit from awkward gifts. And then they sit there. For awhile. And you can’t figure out what to do with them. And you feel bad as they inch closer to their expiration date. Or do they even have one???


NPR wants to help people find ways to turn strange and surplus food into a tasty meal. Just submit a photo of what food item(s) you have that are stumping you on the Cook Your Cupboard Tumblr page. You can also provide your own creative culinary suggestions on other people’s food pics. The folks at NPR’s Morning Edition will ask chefs about their favorite items and suggestions for their thoughts.

It’s fun to see into other people’s pantries and check out the surprisingly yummy sounding recipes people suggest. Zucchini Relish flatbread? Noms!

Hurry and get your pictures in – the first round ends Sunday, April 14!