Trend Watch: Native Foods

Trend Watch: Native Foods

At Interact, we pride ourselves on having a unique perspective of the multi-faceted food world. As a result, we can often spot trends before they’re widespread. We’re very familiar with the local food movement that has gained some serious traction in recent years, even trouncing organic in the eyes of consumers. Opting for products that were grown closer to home means fresher food and supporting local business. A fascinating sect of this movement that we’ve seen on the rise recently is native, or indigenous food. In this somewhat old world way of eating, the ingredients for meals are not only produced locally, but are made up entirely of the indigenous fauna and flora from the region in which it is served. This makes a whole new world of foods available to us that we may have never heard of, but that grew in our backyards all along. It’s the ultimate culinary adventure; a tour of your home unlike any other.     At the forefront of this movement is the renowned Danish restaurant, Noma. Rated the best restaurant in the world four times by Restaurant magazine, the food is rooted in simplicity, freshness and quality. All ingredients on the menu are indigenous foods native to the region, creating a revolutionary spin on Nordic cuisine. The Native Food Movement gives culture a starring role in the eating experience. Sean Sherman, aka the Sioux Chef, is dedicated to reinventing the foods of his ancestors. He’s mastered inventive recipes, while restricting the ingredients used to those that would have been available to the Sioux tribe years ago. Damon Baehrel established one of the highest demand restaurant experiences ever, with reservations booked as far out as the year 2025. The scene...