Food Channel's top ten dessert trends for 2011: two out of ten ain't bad
If you hear it from the Food Channel, then it must be true. This crew's latest list -- of top-ten dessert trends -- includes mass wedding cake genocide, tableside theatrics, Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell, beer paired with doughnuts, two-fisting nuts (and yes, "two-fisting" is being used as a verb here), cupcakes as nosferatu, an epitaph on how people are maybe greedy bastards or maybe not -- with exactly two accurate, useful trends out of ten.
I suppose that's better than none. Here's what the Food Channel is serving up now, and my response:
10. Dessert Theatrics.
Do we really gotta make this bougie?
Food Channel says: "We've had the tableside prep of the Caesar salad and the fresh guacamole. It's only natural that this has started to creep across the menu. It began with tableside s'mores, and Brennan's in New Orleans is renowned for its tableside Bananas Foster. Now we're seeing egg creams prepared tableside at Eleven Madison Park in New York."
I'm saying: The Caesar salad and tableside guacamole were real hits in the Harding and Reagan eras, respectively, and getting a salad tossed right in front of you was probably just as exciting as the Teapot Dome scandal, while having your avocados squished before your eyes must have been as thrilling as trickle-down economics. If living in the now means that the simple, Brooklyn-born egg cream with a total of three ingredients has become something that costs more than a couple of bucks and is being served from a Tiffany & Company decanter, then the Obama era is shaping up to have the housing market stabilize and the bougie bubble burst.