Trends we spotted | Week 24
At horecatrends.com we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
With this week links to articles about the Michelin stars in South Florida, with COTE Miami amongst them. And in Russia opened the old McDonald’s stores under the name Vkusno & tochka’.
DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station offers employees a VanMoof e-bike for one euro a day. And Swingers, the crazy golf club in London, Washington and New York, has reinvented mini golf for an adult audience by adding gourmet street food, cocktails and a party atmosphere.
Recently the 50 Top Pizza list in the USA was published, with nine restaurants from New York! We congratulate the winner: New York’s Una Pizza Napoletana. And vending machines of Subway are hitting the market.
An official ‘Golden Girls’ Kitchen pop-up is coming to Los Angeles this summer and TiNDLE, the plant-based chicken brand, is now available at all ‘Veggie Grill’ restaurants in the USA.
Panera helps guests stay charged for the longest day of the year with the limited edition ‘Charged Up Cup’, that will charge your phone while you simultaneously enjoy an energy boost from Panera’s new Charged Lemonades.
Shaffy Restobar in Amsterdam welcomes a new chef de cuisine: Koji Miyahira. He is adding an Asian twist to the menu. And in the ‘Learn to Taste’ series by Bird Brewery this month the difference between their Ekster and Ekstera beers.
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Korean restaurant COTE Miami awarded a Michelin star in the first South Florida Michelin Guide
COTE Miami, one of the city’s most coveted reservations since opening in 2021 in Miami’s Design District, has been awarded a MICHELIN Star and the Florida Sommelier Award, in the inaugural 2022 MICHELIN Guide Florida Star Revelation, a distinction that was announced at a ceremony held in Orlando June 9.
America’s first KOREAN STEAKHOUSE™ conceptualized by proprietor and hospitality visionary Simon Kim and brought to life by an exceptional team – COTE’s Beverage Director, Victora James, and Executive Chef David Shim- the restaurant’s secret to success is providing the best meat, cooked on the best grills and paired with the best wine and spirits. As complex as it is simple, this formula earned COTE’s New York City location four consecutive MICHELIN-stars since 2017, when it received its first star within 6 months of opening. The South Florida award marks the brand’s fifth star overall and represents COTE’s steadfast dedication to consistently meet MICHELIN’s stringent five-criteria rating ranging from quality of ingredients to consistency between visits.
The full list of the Michelin Florida guide can be found here.
McDonald’s in Russia new name is ‘Vkusno & tochka’
Check out the images at the website of Food Service, link in the title. The new logo has a dark green background with a red dot and 2 stripes, imaging a burger and 2 fries. The new name can be translated as ‘Tasty and point (that’s it)’. More details of this new but old brand in the article at Reuters.
The list of the 50 Top Pizza in the USA
On the 50 Top Pizza list, there are nine restaurants from New York! We congratulate the winner: New York’s Una Pizza Napoletana. Anthony Mangieri’s Lower East Side pizza joint was named the best pizzeria in the United States by the 50 Top Pizza organization. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana by Tony Gemignani in San Francisco takes second place. On the third step of the podium is Ribalta NYC in New York. Check out the full list at the website of Fine Dining Lovers, link in the title. Check out the video below, an interview with the winner Anthony Mangieri from Una Pizza Napoletana, from Peter de Jong from the Fiero Group. The text continues below the video.
Subway vending machines hitting market
Subway wants to expand its reach by offering its pre-made sandwiches in a non-traditional location: the vending machine, according to a Mashed report. The brand is already testing vending machine purchases at airports like the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. See the images in the article on QSR web, link in the title.
An official ‘Golden Girls’ Kitchen pop-up is coming to Los Angeles this summer
The pop-up restaurant will specialize in selfie opportunities and cheesecake. Themed pop-up restaurants are hot in the USA. In this article by Food and Wine, link in the title, some examples of the creator Derek Berry. He specializes in pop culture (and typically nostalgia-tinged) themed pop-up restaurants. His projects have been inspired by the likes of 90210’s Peach Pit, Breaking Bad, and, most famously, Saved by the Bell. And this summer a Golden Girls Kitchen pop-up.
Tickets will sell for $ 50,= included are: a reserved seat, a choice of an entree, and cheesecake. Additional items will be sold a la carte. On the menu: Sophia’s Lasagna (meat or vegan), The Dorothy: A Miami Style Sandwich, and Blanche’s Georgia Style Cookies and on the beverage menu drinks like Tea Arthur and Rose on Rosé. And the restaurant will be Instagram-worthy! More details in the article. Tickets are available at Bucket Listers and the pop-up will open in the beginning of July.
TiNDLE now available at all ‘Veggie Grill’ restaurants in the USA
October 2021 we had the privilege to taste TiNDLE, the delicious plant-based chicken brand. Check out our article of the Dutch introduction. Recently the company behind TiNDLE announced its first national restaurant partnership with ‘Veggie Grill’, the largest 100% plant-based restaurant company in the U.S. with more than 30 restaurants in five markets and growing. This marks the availability of TiNDLE in more than 500 restaurants globally. Veggi Grill has two new TiNDLE dishes:
Grilled BBQ Chick’n Sandwich: Chargrilled TiNDLE chick’n, sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, topped with honey-mustard slaw, roasted corn, ranch dressing, served on a brioche bun.
Chinese Chick’n Salad: Chargrilled TiNDLE chick’n, cabbage slaw, cilantro, romaine lettuce, candied almonds, and crispy wonton strips, tossed in a sesame dressing.
Panera helps guests stay charged for the longest day of the year with the limited edition ‘Charged Up Cup’
Exceptional cup! And as tomorrow is the longest day of the year, June 21, this might be inspiration for next year’s longest day celebration for other entrepreneurs. Since June 15, guests in the USA could enter for a chance to win a ‘Charged Up Cup’ that will charge your phone while you simultaneously enjoy an energy boost from Panera’s new Charged Lemonades. Earlier this Spring, Panera launched Charged Lemonades, with plant-based caffeine for a burst of energy. Fueled by Clean* caffeine from Guarana and green coffee extract, Charged Lemonades come in three vibrant flavor combinations: Strawberry Lemon Mint, Fuji Apple Cranberry and Mango Yuzu Citrus. In fact, a 20 fl. oz. Charged Lemonade without ice has about the same amount of caffeine as a Panera 20 fl. oz. hot Dark Roast coffee. Charged Lemonades are part of the brand’s newly launched Unlimited Sip Club. More details in their press release, link in the title.
Shaffy Restobar welcomes new chef de cuisine Koji Miyahira
Koji Miyahira gives his Japanese roots a place on the new menu. Last summer, Felix Meritis opened the new hospitality hotspot Shaffy Restobar. The restaurant is now known for its signature dishes. With the arrival of chef Koji Miyahira, the restaurant on the Keizersgracht gets a new look and an Asian twist on the menu. Chef Floris van Straalen will take over the management of the kitchen, but will remain involved in the vision of the restaurant. With the arrival of Koji Miyahira the menu has been adjusted at some levels. A number of guilty pleasures have been given a Japanese twist. Chef Koji Miyahira is the son of a Dutch mother and Japanese father. At a young age he was inspired by the cooking skills of his Japanese grandmother: a curiosity that grew into a serious skill. Over the years, he developed his own style in which the purity of the product takes centre stage. Koji was previously in the kitchen at Gaggan, Envy and Bougainville.
DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station offers employees a VanMoof e-bike for one euro a day
Thanks to a partnership with the popular e-bike brand VanMoof, employees at DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Central Station can now take an electric bike to work. The hotel is the first hospitality partner in the Netherlands to launch the VanMoof subscription for their entire team.
All employees who work at least 50 hours a month in the hotel can apply to lease a VanMoof S3 or X3. The position of the employee is not important, which means that interns or people who only work two shifts a week, for example, can also join this initiative. Thanks to the cooperation with VanMoof and a contribution to the costs from the hotel, this is possible for as little as one euro a day plus the costs of the tax addition.
Swingers | A crazy golf club for an adult audience
Swingers, the crazy golf club, has reinvented mini golf for an adult audience by adding gourmet street food, cocktails and a party atmosphere. Now open in NoMad, NYC and DuPont Circle, D.C. and they have 2 locations in West End and City of London. Check out how they rebranded mini golf to an adult entertainment venue on their website, link in the title.
Ekster vs Ekstera | Passion fruit makes the difference in the new beers from the ‘Learn to Taste’ series by Bird Brewery
Ekster and Ekstera are the latest beers in Bird Brewery’s ‘Learn to Taste’ series. Two new ‘New England IPAs’ based on a fine blend of malts and a generous dose of hops. The difference between the beers is the passion fruit. This is also what Bird Brewery’s specials are all about this year: a small difference so you can learn to taste real beer. Every two months the brewery releases two new beers with a small difference. During a free online tasting and tasting session in their tasting room House of Bird, you will learn to taste the small differences between the beers under the guidance of beer sommeliers. The tasting session can be attended online and offline on Thursday 30 June.