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Top Toques Weigh in on the Season's Biggest Food Trends and Flops in New York
What will spring 2004 taste like in New York City? What flavors and trends will define what we eat and drink over the next several months? Which fads will fade?
Restaurant Associates (RA), which operates a major portfolio of restaurants on the east and west coasts, recently gathered together its team of NYC executive chefs to discuss what's on the menu in New York. Several years ago, RA merged with Joachim Splichal's Patina operations in California and Las Vegas, establishing Restaurant Associates/Patina as the nation's preeminent bicoastal restaurateur. RA's chefs represent some of the most iconic, high-traffic dining spots in New York City including: Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, Cafe Centro, Cucina & Co., Naples 45, Nick + Stef's Steakhouse & Bar, Rock Center Cafe, The Sea Grill, and Tropica.
"We thought this would be a good time to take the collective pulse of our cooking talent," said Restaurant Associates CEO Nick Valenti. "The city has rebounded, tourism continues to improve, and dining out is on the upswing. Of course, New York is gearing up to play host to the Republican National Convention, which will draw even greater international attention over the summer," noted Valenti. Restaurant Associates/Patina will play a major role in providing hospitality to New Yorkers, delegates and tourists who will be eating out in greater numbers in coming months.
What does RA's team forecast as this year's food trends? Here's a summary:
On the Front Burner: Top Food Trends
The chefs have strong views on some recent culinary experiments that won't last. Heading the list:
The dining resurgence that began over the winter holiday season has gained momentum. Restaurant Associates sees the rest of 2004 shaping up to be one of strongest dining seasons in recent memory. Probably no food company in New York has more at stake in the turnaround than Restaurant Associates. It provides high-end food service across more segments and touches more aspects of city life than any other restaurant or food purveyor.
Mr. Valenti notes that given the breadth and scale of its operations, Restaurant Associates will likely feed more people who live in, work in, or visit New York than any other food company in 2004.
About Restaurant Associates / Patina Group
Restaurant Associates, an independent operating subsidiary of Compass Group North America, owns and operates award-winning restaurants and foodservice contracts including cafes in museums and performing arts centers in New York and other cities. In New York, Restaurant Associates' portfolio includes restaurant properties at Rockefeller Center, The MetLife Building, The Seagrams Building, The Gordon Bunshaft "9" West 57th Street Building, and Madison Square Garden as well as major sporting events including the U.S. Tennis Open, The Ryder Cup and PGA Championship.
On the West Coast, The Patina Group includes the flagship restaurant Patina, recently relocated to the world-class Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as restaurants at Downtown Disney(R) in Anaheim and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Patina is also the exclusive foodservice provider for Music Center of Los Angeles County, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts
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