Hello, and welcome to October. We spent the last full week of September taking in food trends, figuratively and literally, at Datassential’s annual trend event and have returned to welcome the change in seasons in the place where we feel it most: our kitchens. The activity, the creativity, the chatter all happens simultaneously as we think and work and iterate all at once. Outside our doors restaurants are opening with anticipation, experience is on the menu, and patios are calling, and still, we’ll be finding the fall rhythm near the heat of the burner, a stockpot in place, bases and soup starters lined up.
Let’s start with the classics, shall we? An Autumn Roasted Squash Soup starts the day with your choice of squash. Butternut or acorn, hmmm? Take your pick and know that our Roasted Garlic Flavor Concentrate is forgiving and welcoming, especially when combined with our Mirepoix Base and splash of apple juice. Pack it up for lunches to go (or breakfast, for those that crave the flavors of fall early in the day), pair with a decadent grilled cheese sandwich, or offer a starter before the main course comes along. Perhaps macaroni and cheese?
Another classic is led by our cream soup and sauce starter and quickly becomes a hearty Bacon Potato Chowder. It’s best eaten with a ladle, but spoons will do. Wear a sweater to get the full effect and ask for extra bacon to really get it right. Toasted Chipotle Pepitas will give you the crunch you seek and once a batch is made, the pumpkin seeds can be added to most anything. Oatmeal, yogurt, and salads come to mind, but what else needs the kick of chipotle?
Speaking of pumpkins and spice, we have a few more suggestions. Ancho Pumpkin Soup, for instance, feels like fall with the combination of sweet pumpkin, the aroma of garlic, the spice of ancho, and the crunch of croutons. Serve alongside a salad and call it a day or offer in warm mugs alongside an Octoberfest-inspired brew and locally-sourced sausages. All sounds just right, just like this Jamaican Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup with the same sense of balance and heartiness.
That’s a lot to consider, of course, but we’d be remiss to leave apples off the table. Maybe an Apple and Fig Couscous alongside the soups? Or a bed to top with grilled chicken or roasted vegetables for a sweet and savory combination that makes you feel complete. A personal favorite is our Apple, Bacon, and Caramelized Onion Flavored Compote, but it comes with a warning as you’ll find yourself dropping the Bacon Onion Marmalade on all within your reach for days (bread! crackers! naan! spoons!)—it’s that good. One suggestion is to serve on a beautiful pork belly sandwich (or a grilled chicken sandwich in place of the summertime flavors).
As we finish up and wonder what we’re missing, we can offer up hundreds of recipes worth trying. If you have questions for us, you can find us here. Or pop onto to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn, too. See you next week with the release of our October trend topic (spoiler alert: it might cover a combination that can’t be beat!).
Manager, Insight & Communication
Custom Culinary, Inc.