Trend Alert: Herb Specialists

July 23, 2013

We’ve talked about mixology trends. (Specialty cocktails, unique ingredients, extra flavors and that signature personal style.)

It is not uncommon to have mixologists on hand for parties, but in an industry that loves keeping things fresh, a new specialist may be in demand for culinary events: herb specialists.

According to an article on BizBash, the Top Chef Season 5 premiere tasting featured an interactive herb station.A number of garden fresh herbs were placed in glass jars. Guests were invited to guess which herb was which in glass jars, based on its look and scent. Written descriptions of each herb were provided, along with the correct answers. The activity was designed to help guests learn about the origins and uses of herbs. A herb specialist was also available to answer any questions the guests had.

With the growth of urban farms, herb stations may become more common. At McKinley’s Farm, for example, a number of herbs are grown year-round. Thyme, mint, basil, oregano, sage and cilantro are just a few of the items taken straight from our farm to McKinley’s Grille. Having a herb specialist explain what goes on top of each dish (and drink) could easily enhance the dining experience for many a foodie.

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