Upscale Comfort Food
By Bridget Levin, Tastemaker in Residence
One of the top food trends for 2015 is upscale comfort food with a sophisticates twist.
Restaurants all over the country are showcasing old favorites like mac 'n cheese and injecting a new pop of now, such as Italian-style additions of sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and artisan pepperoni.
South City Kitchen in Atlanta features contemporary interpretations of Southern classics, like fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and red pepper coulis or smoked risotto.
At Rizzo's Diner in Memphis, chefs have updated their menu with novel versions of favorites such as lobster pronto pup appetizers and scallops 'n grits.
Ina Garten's favorite restaurant, 1770 House in East Hampton, NY offers up a luxurious take on the comfort food king, meatloaf. This rich recipe calls for pasture-raised beef, veal and pork.
What to pair with all of this heavy, but delicious fare? Sommeliers recommend a fruity
Cabernet Franc to lighten the load.