2011's food trends: It's all about eating local, experts say

By Victor R. Martinez EL PASO TIMES
Posted: 12/29/2010

There is no sure-fire way of predicting what the hottest food or dining trends will be in

El Paso in 2011.

Asking industry insiders to forecast what will be on dinner tables and restaurant menus can be filled with similarities as well as some contradictions.

"El Paso does not necessarily follow trends that are happening in the rest of the country," said Marina Ardovino, co-owner of Ardovino's Desert Crossing, a restaurant and banquet facility in Sunland Park.

But one thing is for sure: El Pasoans are in for one tasty and adventurous 2011.

"El Paso is a little bit behind on this but the push toward more organic products, local products and natural products including natural meats, free-range chicken will be big next year," Ardovino said.


Sustainability at the dinner table is nothing new to the rest of the country. But it is something Ardovino sees as a cause that will be pushed to El Paso's forefront next year.

"If everybody tried to do organics and local and natural meats, that would be great, because we all would have the same purveyors and it would help even out the price and help the purveyors realize that they need to be focused on natural chicken and hormone-free beef," she said. "Plus, it would benefit the consumer who will be eating healthy, sustainable foods and eventually at a more affordable price."

Supporting local growers and farmers is also on the Food Channel's Top 10 Trends for 2011.

Editors at FoodChannel.com say it's all about eating local.