Uncorkd Weekly News Round-Up Jan. 2nd – 8th

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the most recent restaurant and beverage industry stories that had us talking. Here’s our list of must-read articles from the web this week. Featuring  the “simple food” revival, sustainable Champagne production, Celebrity Chefs David Chang and Tom Colicchio, and the demise of Sommeliers. Here is our round-up from January 2nd- January 8th. 

Simple food and street fare are finding their way onto more restaurant menus. The Washington Post writes about big name chefs like David Chang and the emergence of simple, more casual food becoming a high profit item in restaurants.

Liquor brands will be pushing blended scotch in 2016. Producers look to apply the success of single malt scotches to blended scotch this year.

The classic cocktail resurgence has had positive impact on Campari‘s namesake liqueur as well as their brand Aperol. Cost-effective drinks like an Aperol Spritz can be money-makers for your restaurant.

Eater claims that consumers are will be relying less and less on Sommeliers this year. According to the article, consumers are more comfortable making decisions on their own.

Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio brings food nutrition to the realm of American politics and policy. With a slate of publications identifying healthy eating as big trend to continue in 2016, his sentiment may be echoed by millions of American diners.

Smartblog notes the big food trends we saw in 2015 and what will continue in 2016. This includes healthy eating and the impact of simple foods.

The top 25 spirits in the U.S. saw 5% growth in 2015.

The health concerns of drink garnishes and how to safely handle these items of flair.

Plant-focused dishes continue to become more appealing to American diners. Make sure your menu offers options that are more focused on phytonutrients than proteins.

Pernod Ricard takes ownership of Bordeaux-based liqueur brand Lillet. The liqueur is becoming an increasingly popular in cocktails.

Champagne producers take up the challenge of sustainable production.

That’s all for this week’s Uncorkd Weekly News Round Up. Check in with us next Friday to find the stories you missed this week.


Kyle Thacker