Thursday, November 18, 2010
Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write For Food, was obviously thinking along the same lines as we were. Her November 15, 2010, post, "The Worst Food Writing Words" has received 99 comments to date. My favorite "worst" is drinkerie. Gag.
Oh and anyone in the Edmonton area who would like a copy of Dianne Jacob's newly revised and updated book Will Write For Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More (2nd edition, 2010) on the fundamentals of good culinary writing can contact me. I have two more copies to sell from my big box of books.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Trend-spotting is a major part of any culinary writer's skill set. We talk about tuning into these trends and keeping a running list as we spot them. Here are the trends we compiled in class yesterday.
- pop-up restaurants
- “foodcations” (an off-shoot of the "staycation" trend)
- raised wild game (elk, bison, wild boar, reindeer, etc)
- craft beer-and-food pairings
- ginger beer
- food security issues
- food ethics
- cupcakes or NOT (this is a trend that just won't die even when it's dead)
- covercharges at restaurants
- enomatic systems
- wine bars
- tapas – again
- raw milk
- infused spirits
- bacon -- still, it's a mainstay trend
- meat-stuffed inside other meats trend, and in fact, any food stuffed inside other foods (see yesterday's Wall Street Journal article featuring Calgary food writer Julie Van Rosendaal's Cherpumple dessert.)
- pork belly
- sugar backlash
- 80s fashion (so we're wondering how that will manifest itself in the food world)
- growth of casual fine dining (aka premium casual)
- enRoute magazine's annual Food Issue (Nov 2010) list of trends noticed by writer Sarah Musgrave in EnRoute's Top Restaurant Trends 2010 (quail eggs, plums, pescuterie, radishes...)
- Epicurious' Food Trends for 2010 (homemade beer, butchery, Vancouver) Note this was a list for 2010 compiled in late 2009.
- The Globe & Mail's food predictions for 2011 (pie shops, smaller indy restaurants on a shoestring budget, "dirt" as an ingredient???)
- Here's what the Canadian Chefs Congress in May 2010 identified as major trends that professional chefs are seeing (edible ocean greens, sustainability ranking and certifications of ingredients like fish, underutilized species, etc.)
- 2010 food trends out of Australia (food cocooning at home; local across all sectors; need for treats; a little trade up; being squeaky clean to gain trust)
What are the trends on your radar? We'll add them to the list.
Via Twitter, we had a comment that waffles should be added to the list. Via Comments, Peter Bailey, the beer columnist for The Tomato and great book blogger, adds IPA and Imperial to our list of "in" beers for 2010/11. Thanks Pete.
And here's another trend round-up out of the UK: Food Trends to Peak in 2011: Special-needs, Urbanism, On-demand from The Independent Food & Drink pages.
Monday, October 25, 2010
The snow is flying in Edmonton, and that means, it must be time for my Eat Your Words food-writing course that I teach at Grant MacEwan University, City Centre campus in Edmonton.
This is a very lively two-Saturday course where we cover everything from getting your first published credits to how to spot food trends to pitching to small, medium and large newspaper and magazines. We cover the essentials of building your food-writing career: from starting a blog to getting a book deal, if that is your goal. The classes tend to be about 10 people and it's a very free-flowing discussion where everyone brings their knowledge and their expertise to the table.
Here are the specifics:
Eat Your Words
Do you have a discriminating palate? Do you love to concoct your own recipes? Do you have a nose for food trends? And do you want to get paid for doing something you love? Food is a hot topic, and editors are always looking for insightful, original, and well-written food and drink articles and recipes. Learn how to take your passion and put it down in words for newspapers, magazines, radio, and the Internet. $174, noncredit
WRIT 0155 (570)
2 Sat, Nov 6 & 13
9 am - 4 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Cockrall-King
For more information call 780-497-5346.
To register call 780-497-5000.
OR send me an email for more information.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The MacEwan Writing Works (Edmonton) has just come out with the spring 2010 line-up of writing classes.
The courses range from grammar refreshers to blogging classes. These are open to writers of all levels. The above link has the complete list of courses. Here's a poster for a couple of highlights.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Don't delay, register now and get your foodwriting mojo working.