Trendspotting: Almonds in Los Angeles

Almond Crusted Chicken and Waffles from Redbird
  Almond Crusted Chicken
  and Waffles from Redbird 

Los Angeles boasts a health-focused, creative food scene that continually reinvents itself, fueled by locally sourced ingredients and an emphasis on innovation. In February, the Almond Board of California hosted a food trends tour of Los Angeles to explore some of the most inspirational and unique ways chefs and product developers are using California almonds to make their creations stand out. The tour itinerary featured stops at neighborhood coffeehouses, full-service restaurants, food halls, hidden bars, and more.


Throughout Los Angeles, ‘free-from’, plant-based beverages, globally inspired flavor profiles, nutty cocktails, on-the-go snacks, and star-of-the-plate sauces were among the most prevalent trends.

  Vegan Corn Almond
  Softserve from Magpies


Free-from’ – Instead of alternate options or substitutions that have become mainstream globally, purveyors in Los Angeles have embraced a clean lifestyle and offer permanent menu items and packaged products across gluten-free, sugar-free, meat-free, and dairy-free.


Welltopia’s Nutty Nutty Wellness Bowl, with a housemade almond milk base


Superba’s almond milk-based chia seed pudding


Crossroad’s vegan almond ricotta and baby beet salad

Plant-based beverages – The health-conscious, produce-driven focus of Los Angeles’ populace has resulted in purveyors creating innovative and unique plant-based beverages, often made with almond milk, which enables consumers to get a hit of nutrients while staying hydrated and satiated.


Almond turmeric lattes from Superba


Vanilla lavender almond milk from PBJ.LA


Almond and macadamia milk iced lattes from G&B Coffee


Globally inspired flavor profiles – The Los Angeles food scene truly embraces the city’s multiculturalism, fusing plant-forward ingredients with international flavor profiles that pay homage to its residents.

Redbird’s almond congee with poached chicken


Bottega Louie macarons, including chai, pistachio and rose


Nutty cocktails While almonds may not typically be associated with cocktail menus, Los Angeles’ cocktail scene is embracing almonds for the richness and toasted flavor profiles they offer as complements to a variety of spirits.


      Shibumi’s tequila orgeat cocktail


      Gracias Madre’s California almond horchata


On-the-go snacks that fuel – Paired with nutrient-rich ingredients, almonds do double-duty in-between meals. Overnight oats, made on an almond milk base, and sweet breads made using paleo ingredients are just some of the products being created to meet consumer demand.


Surya Spa Bread Ayurvedic breads


This Bar Saves Lives nut and fruit bars


Brekki almond milk overnight oats


Star-of-the-plate sauces – Showstopping sauces are increasingly the star of the dish and feature fresh ingredients partnered with herbs and spices to create an all-out taste sensation.


      Guelaguetza’s black, red, and coloradito moles


      Superba’s turmeric almond sauce


      Spring’s Maine lobster gazpacho with almond milk sauce


From new spins on classic recipes, like almond crusted chicken and waffles, to innovative inclusions of plant-based ingredients like vegan corn almond softserve and almond-based sauces, culinary trendsetters in Los Angeles are working with almonds in ways that embrace fresh and local produce to meet consumer demand for food that fits in with the city’s health-focused lifestyle.

For application highlights and images that are sure to inspire, please see below.


Housemade Almond Milk at Welltopia

Housemade Almond Milk at Welltopia


Panna Cotta, Honey, Caramelized Almonds, Farmer’s Market Berries, Almond Sorbet at Spring

Panna Cotta, Honey, Caramelized Almonds, Farmer’s Market Berries, Almond Sorbet at Spring


















Urban beehives on the roof at Redbird



Striped Bass with Turmeric Almond Sauce at Superba



Almond and Seasonal Fruit Cake at Valerie's Confections



Corn Star cocktail, with Housemade Almond Milk at Gracias Madre



Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich at PBJ.LA



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