Magenta, the 2023 Pantone color of the year is dominating creative menus this summer, attracting diners that want beautiful, tasty food—especially Gen Z! Chefs are skipping chemical-based food dyes and using natural ingredients to impart healthy, antioxidant-rich tones.
Cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, and fresh-pressed juices look and taste delicious with the intense shades in pomegranates, cranberries, and hibiscus leaves. Currant berries, lingonberries, and goji berries are also flavorful and gorgeous additions.
Give neutral-colored dishes like hummus, deviled eggs, handmade pasta, and pizza dough a deep red hue with ruby-toned beets and/or red cabbage. Glaze proteins with pomegranate syrup and intensify the look of bagels and breads!
Brilliant strawberries, red dragon fruits, and cherries work well in cold summer desserts like semifreddo, gelato, sorbet, and house-made ice cream. Make frostings and cakes with beets, and puddings and panna cotti with raspberries.