A year ago, we took a look at 72 ways food can change the world to mark the relaunch of Eater. What we learned is that we need an increased focus on sustainability, on efficiency, on sourcing. We need to eat more seafood — and more bugs — and use clean energy. We thought about eating local, and eating better. We looked to the past, and this week, we look to the future.
Today is day one of Eater Future Week, for which we'll forge ahead to think about the coming years — and decades and centuries — of dining and food: What will restaurants look like in the generations after ours? How are people preparing to eat when the world ends? What exactly are lab-grown meats, anyway?
All of these questions and more will be answered, so do check back all week for features and reports (and even humor!). Each day we'll focus on a different theme, starting with the immediate future, then moving into areas like the retro future, space, and dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and utopian futures. Have your own thoughts about what the future of dining will look like? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll round them up for a post later in the week.
Day One: The Immediate Future
- The Year Is 2040: Welcome to Your Favorite New Restaurant
- We Don't Need Another Cronut
- 10 Whiskey Distilleries Poised to Make Waves in the Next Decade
- New Glass Allows Astronauts to Sip Whiskey in Zero Gravity
- Scientists Predict the Future of Food
Day Two: Retro Future
- The Future of Artificial Sweetener
- Why the 'Kitchen of the Future' Always Fails Us
- From Tang to Dippin' Dots, How Retro Food (Incorrectly) Predicted the Future
- What's the Future of Food? Industry Talent Responds
Day Three: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Future
- Ask a Somm: Which Unknown Grape Varietals Will Be Big in 10 Years?
- What Will You Eat When the World Ends?
- Meet the Hottest Restaurant of 2081?
- Meet the Food Engineers of the Apocalypse
- Automats: The Utopian Future or a Return to the Dystopian Past
Day Four: Space Day
- How NASA Is Solving the Space Food Problem
- Investigation: Is the Moon Made of Cheese?
- How Chemist-Chef Hervé This Sees the Future of Food
- How to Use Your Brand New iReplicator
- Get the Quadrant's Most Authentic Human Cuisine at Pale Blue Dot
- What Does Space Taste Like and Why Does It Matter?
Day Five: Utopia Day