Remember me? The sun-dried tomato ...
If there ever was a food-fad on menus that burned ever so bright but flamed out so extravagently it was probably the sun-dried tomato.
At it's peak (circa 1980s/early 90s), you could find it in everything from the pedantic (pizza, pasta, sandwiches) to the exotic (remember crab cakes with sun-dried tomato paste or foie gras wrapped in sun dried tomatoes?) and to just the awful (sun-dried tomato ice cream!).
There are other fads that have come and gone, things like truffle oil, goat cheese, ponzu sauce, etc.
Some have had amazing staying power -- the most immediate that comes to mind is the omnipresent tuna tartar.
What do you guys think are food items that are well into their 15 minutes of fame?
I think pomegrenate is at about 13:45.
Kobe beef is at the 10 minute mark by my estimate.
But I do think that gelato has staying power.
I think Meyer Lemons are on their last few seconds of fame. Pork belly isn't far behind (although it shouldn't be, that's tasty stuff.) I disagree with budlit. Once we discover how to change the specific gravity of Jello, foam will have no limits.
More of a wish, but I think "Fruit flavored" waters and Vitamin waters and "Energy Drinks" (Red Bull, etc) are waning, as are light beers.
At the fish market, I notice more old-school (no pun) fish like haddock and cod, and less tilapia....but this could well be a market availability thing.