Greek Cuisine in the U.S. is becoming more popular as we speak. More restaurants are learning about our cuisine and are including appetizing Greek food on their menus.
The most recent "Ethnic Food and Beverage Consumer Trend Report" revealed that 49% of consumers have not only eaten Greek Cuisine but also enjoyed it, while 23% responded by saying that although they have not yet tried Greek food, they would certainly like to give it a try. Furthermore, 32% of consumers order Greek food and dressings on a regular basis, at least every few months.
[caption id="attachment_1757" align="alignleft" width="300"] Zaytinyah in Washington is one of the healthiest restaurants across the country[/caption]
Why is there such an interest in our dishes? Well, there are several factors to take into account. The first being, the appearance of celebrity chefs on television shows, who are proud of their Greek heritage, and aim to teach audiences about preparing fantastic Greek cuisine, not only through their television shows but also in their restaurants and through cookbooks.
There are a few Greek restaurants in the U.S. which have become well-known across the country, including Zaytinya in Washington, Molyvos in New York, and Evvia Estiatorio in Pao Alto as well as its sister restaurant in San Francisco, Kokkari. They each serve authentic greek dishes with wholesome ingredients.
Mediterranean diets in the states are soon to become the preferred way of eating. Reason being, they are simple to prepare and consist of fresh, healthy ingredients.
[caption id="attachment_1754" align="alignright" width="300"] Healthy ingredients which you will find in Greek food[/caption]
A healthy diet nowadays points towards eating as many fruit and vegetables as possible, while including a considerable amount of beans, nuts, and grains in your diet. It promotes eating fish and poultry, and olive oil and not too much red meat, sugar or processed foods. Small quantities of red wine and dairy are also encouraged as part of your diet too.
Consumers are becoming more sensible about their dietary habits, whereas before they indulged in meals which would both sink their energy levels and pack on the pounds. Realizing that it's healthier to rather eat legumes and grains as opposed to potato chips, or adding olive oil to your cooking instead of corn oil, can make a huge difference to one's health.
Such dietary preferences should see Greek food on the top of many consumers lists in time to come. In fact, the "Ethnic Food & Beverage Consumer Trend Report" indicated that as many as 32%of consumers considered Greek food to be healthy, and it was rated fourth out of the 30 healthiest cuisines in the US. Those who ranked higher were Japanese, Chinese, and other Mediterranean food.