From Unrefined Salt and Tinned Fish to Umami Cocktails: Kimpton Brings New Food and Beverage Trends and Classics to the Table in 2024

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants releases annual trend report, sharing what's hot in food and beverage for the upcoming year

ATLANTA, Dec. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts' luxury & lifestyle portfolio, is returning with its annual Culinary + Cocktail Trend Forecast, highlighting predictions from its vast team of global culinary and beverage experts that will be featured on plates and bar menus in 2024. From global salts and seacuterie to textured cocktails and umami flavors, Kimpton is forecasting both new and evolving trends that will further enhance the dining experience.

‘Salt with a story’ is one of the top trends outlined in the 2024 report

"Kimpton's in-house culinary and beverage experts create unforgettable dining and imbibing experiences unlike any other," says Scott Gingerich, Vice President of Restaurants, Bars + Events, Luxury & Lifestyle Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts. "Our annual trend forecast creates inspiration and excitement amongst our talented restaurant and bar teams as they invent creative ways to incorporate these trends into their own creations. As versatile vegetables like cabbage bring a fresh and flavorful addition to plates and umami flavors make their way into cocktails, Kimpton's culinary and beverage program will continue to evolve and delight guests around the world."

Kicking off in December 2023 and continuing throughout 2024, guests will have the opportunity to experience many of these trends at Kimpton restaurants and bars across the globe.

See below for a taste of some of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' 2024 top Culinary + Cocktail Trends: 

2024 Culinary Trends

  • Salt With a Story
    • While salt is one of the most common ingredients in cooking, expect to see a noticeable shift to unrefined salts (Black Hawaiian Salt, Kala Namak, Persian Blue Salt, Celtic Salt, Fleur de Sel) as consumers move away from table salt staples in search of something far more unique to add to their favorite dishes.
    • Sourcing will also be a priority for many chefs, working with global salt producers to identify salts from around the world and understand their history and use cases.
  • Tinned Fish and Seacuterie Boards
    • In the last year, luxury tinned fish sales have soared as people embrace seafood's diverse range of flavors and sustainable practices. Expect to see more unique conservas on charcuterie boards as well as dedicated 'seacuterie' boards including samplings of luxury canned fish like Spanish sardines in olive oil, habanero smoked oysters, and Maine eel smoked in alderwood packed in California olive oil. 
  • Cabbage Takes Cauliflower's Crown
    • Cabbage will take over plates as culinary professionals and consumers alike turn to the cruciferous vegetable for its versatility, taste and texture. Both well-known varieties such as Napa, Savoy and Red Cabbage and the more coveted Caraflex or Conehead cabbage will be showcased in a multitude of ways on menus including charred, fermented, roasted, braised, and even caramelized.
  • Creative Dry Aging
    • The technique of dry aging has grown in popularity and is increasingly sought after by consumers. Leveraging the proper equipment, dry aging provides enhanced control of texture, adds depth of flavor and complexity to elevate any dish.
    • With dry aging, chefs are able to push beyond beef into more interesting dishes with duck, lamb and fin fish. Vegetables like beets and carrots are being dry aged with koji to create a charcuterie-like texture and flavor. Even spirits like bourbon and gin are being treated with dry aging techniques to take cocktails to the next level. 
  • Pastry is Back
    • Consumers are saving room for dessert as chefs roll out inventive confections. Kimpton is particularly seeing a rise in Asian and French influences for the sweetest course.
    • Guests can expect to see a rise in sweet and savory combinations, such as carrot mochi and chocolate smoked salt croissants with alternate sugars like date-based sugar, beet sugar and coconut sugar growing more prominent.

2024 Cocktail/Beverage Trends

  • Textured Cocktails for the Senses
    • Rose and pistachio dust, dragon fruit crisp and edible helium bubble clouds are some of the sensory ingredients diners will soon find on bar menus in 2024 to add texture and visual appeal to the liquid base. 
  • A New Wave of Umami 
    • Kimpton bar leaders predict more experimentation with different types of fat washing as a new way to create smooth, creamy and velvety undercurrents in spirits rather than more traditional sweet syrups. Expect to find creations like a salmon martini or beverages using unique washing ingredients such as duck confit and spam.
  • Pantry Ingredients Featured in Cocktails
    • Bars will incorporate ingredients from the kitchen to up level cocktail and non-alcoholic beverages, including biquinho peppers, salsa macha, soy sauce, fish sauce, whole cacao, black tahini, lion's mane and sweetened condensed milk as an alternative to more traditional cocktail infusions.
  • Over-The-Top Garnishes
    • From snap peas to using 3D printers, simple garnishes will evolve to elaborate final flourishes that completely transform a cocktail from salty and savory to citrusy and bright in an instant.
  • Cinnamon Revisited 
    • Breaking out of its autumnal shell, the versatility of cinnamon will offer dynamic flavor pairings as a popular additive and bridge to trans-seasonal beverages and dishes, like cinnamon and smoked salt coffee and chica moradas. 
  • Unique Latin American Spirits
    • While tequila, gin and bourbon continue to shine on menus, 2024 will see the rise of Latin American spirits and liquors such as Aguariente, Singani and Cocuy, served within craft cocktails or enjoyed on the rocks. 

2024 Dining Experience Trends

  • Multisensory Dining
    • Consumers will continue to look for culinary experiences that take them beyond taste and texture, and provide a holistic experience filled with more extravagance and novelty. Restaurants and bars will be paying even more attention to presentation and glassware, background music and smells to engage all the senses during a culinary journey.
  • The Future of AI
    • Kimpton culinary experts anticipate more chefs will be open to integrating AI tools to optimize processes, reduce food waste and help make food more accessible, providing a new solution to operating as sustainably as possible. Restaurants will continue to emphasize responsible stewardship from zero waste efforts and regenerative agriculture, to water conservation. 
    • AI can also be used as a new source of inspiration to spark conversation in the kitchen about new flavor combinations and dish ideas, allowing chefs to think about their menus in a new light.

Photos of Kimpton's Culinary & Cocktail trends being brought to life can be found here.

To indulge in additional trends from the forecast, including sustainable dining practices, the vegetable hug, unique natural sugars, ancient wines, natural dynamic colors, house-made fermented mixers and Vietnamese cafe culture, visit our blog here.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants:

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts' luxury and lifestyle portfolio, is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, the San Francisco-born brand now operates more than 75 hotels and over 100 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets globally. From inspiring design to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul, Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal. For more information, visit www.kimptonhotels.com.

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