Posted on July 9th, 2012 by roxxyroller in CoolCanucks Reviews.
Velata: new innovation makes it quick, easy and convenient.
Food trends expert Christine Couvelier reveals all the biggest trends for summer
Toronto, ON – Fashion trends, beauty trends… food trends? Have you ever wondered how food items become so popular that you start to see them everywhere? One of Canada’s leading food trendologists Christine Couvelier projects food trends five years in advance. She says fondue is a fun and innovative dessert idea for summer and aligns with some of the biggest trends in food: small bites – big tastes, food on a stick, and food memories. Introducing the next generation of dessert fondue: Velata. Velata warmers transform the fondue experience into a family-friendly, hassle-free affordable luxury. It features a silicone dish that keeps one of four signature flavours of premium Belgian chocolate at the perfect temperature for dipping with no flame, scorching, complicated instructions, or messy clean up.
“Staying ahead of global food trends is imperative to developing timely food products that people want and need over the long term,” says Christine Couvelier, Food Trends Expert, Culinary Concierge. “Velata takes fondue to the next level with unprecedented convenience, overcoming the challenges of old-fashioned, high-maintenance fondue sets. Velata is so easy to use with such simple setup and cleanup – you just plug-in the electric warmer, microwave the chocolate in its package, pour into the dish, and dip your favorite foods. When your fondue experience is over, just pop the dish in the dishwasher – it’s that simple!”
Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Velata warmers use a 25-watt light bulb to melt your choice of Belgian chocolate in the silicone dish that prevents heat from escaping, keeping the melted chocolate at the perfect temperature and consistency with no stirring required. The dish goes from the refrigerator to the microwave to the dishwasher with ease and eliminates all the hassle of traditional fondue.
“The big trends this summer are small bites — big tastes because individuals are becoming more health conscious but still want their sweet indulgences in moderation; food on a stick because consumers often seek novelty items that make food more fun; and food memories because nostalgia creates comfort,” says Couvelier.
No Work, Big Impact – Sweet!
All of these trends can be brought to life in your own kitchen with Velata! Whether hosting guests, having family night, or even on a romantic date, Velata adds an interactive, delicious dipping experience to any event. Since summer is high season for fresh local fruit in Canada, Couvelier identified seasonal fruits along with dessert ideas that you can grab from your local grocery store that perfectly complement the decadent Belgian chocolate flavours:
Velata Milk Chocolate:
Premium milk chocolate as it is meant to be: sweet, smooth, and creamy. Velata Milk Chocolate is classic, comforting, versatile, and undeniably delicious. Pairs well with strawberries, bananas, shortbread cookies and strawberry shortcake.
Velata Dark Chocolate:
Savor the moment with a complex, full-bodied flavor. Deep, lush, and bold, this full-bodied chocolate is elegance itself. Pairs well with blackberries, raspberries, cherries and marshmallow and graham wafer crackers for s ‘mores.
Velata White Chocolate:
A confection of billowy buttercream infused with delicate notes of vanilla. Subtle and dreamy, Velata White Chocolate elevates any moment into the sublime. Pairs well with dried papaya, pineapple, bite-sized brownies and un-coated cake pops.
Velata Caramel Milk Chocolate:
Silky milk chocolate combined with toasted brown sugar caramel for an over-the-top rush of sweetness. Smooth and unexpected, Velata Caramel Milk Chocolate is designed to delight. Pairs well with apples, pears, cheesecake squares and rice crispy squares.
About Christine Couvelier:
Christine has been involved in many aspects of the food industry: from a restaurant chef to owning her own catering company to guiding food executives on culinary tours of food-focused cities around the globe. She has served as Executive Chef for President’s Choice, Director of Culinary & Beverage & Executive Chef for Cara Operations, Chair of the Chef School at George Brown College (Canada’s largest Culinary College), Global Innovation for Unilever, and Director of Culinary Strategy for Maple Leaf Foods. Now based in Victoria, BC, Christine has her own consulting company – Culinary Concierge – where she works with clients to develop trend watch reports, ideation sessions, product recipes, menu development, food styling and much more. For more information on Christine, visit www.culinaryconcierge.ca.
Velata is transforming the fondue experience into a family-friendly, hassle-free affordable luxury. Velata fondue warmers feature a patent-pending silicone dish that keeps Velata Premium Belgian Chocolate at the perfect temperature for dipping — no flame, no scorching, no complicated instructions or messy clean up. Velata is one of the association of brands owned by Scentsy, Inc., a rapidly growing, international party plan company dedicated to creating a social shopping experience that gives Consultants and customers variety, value, and a level of personalization they can’t find anywhere else. Velata products are sold through a network of Independent sales Consultants running home-based businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Canada. Visit us at www.velata.net.