Over the past year, more Americans have been enjoying meals at fine-dining establishments. Upscale restaurants have experienced an increase in business of 3%, which translates as possibly millions more Americans dining together at quality restaurants.
When considering restaurant sales in the United States, upscale restaurants comprise 10% of the total sales within this industry. On average, the price of a meal at a fine-dining restaurant is $28.55. This will, of course, vary depending on the specific restaurant, where it is located, and the type of menu that they offer.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that higher-income households tend to purchase a larger percentage of food away from home. Households that earn $100,000.00 or more are responsible for spending 36% for fine-dining experiences as well as shopping at specialty stores.
Organic micro greens, for example, are often associated with the fine-dining experience. These edible flowers and plants have been available at specialty produce stores, bakeries, and upscale restaurants for approximately 30 years. While there are around 100 garden flowers that are edible, many individuals may only be aware of a few of the more common varieties, such as hibiscus, nasturtiums, pansies, and roses.
Edible flowers can be used for teas and added to soups and salads. Edible blossoms are often crystallized for pastries and cakes. Given the many varieties and flavor profiles of edible flowers and organic micro greens, they can be used for a wide range of appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts.
In addition to dining out at upscale restaurants, many Americans choose to create a fine-dining experience at home. Social networking groups, such as Flickr’s “I Ate This,” are responsible for inspiring many Americans to explore new culinary experiences. “I Ate This” has over 19,000 members that have posted more than 300,000 photographs of their dining experiences. They also post photos of meals that they have prepared themselves, which often feature micro greens and edible flowers.
Organic micro greens can be purchased from companies that raise this type of specialty produce. When purchasing micro greens from a specialty produce company, it is important to keep them at an optimal temperature. Experts will recommend that micro greens should be stored at 4 degrees Celsius or 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit to keep them fresh and provide the best results.