Flavors of Fall (Food & Beverage)

Moving well past the dreaded pumpkin spice latte, let’s explore some tasty food & beverage flavors you may be craving this Fall season.

It seems everyone fancies themselves a ‘foodie’ these days, and why not – we have more food & beverage options and creative chefs, bartenders, sommeliers than ever! So avoid the prepackaged scary stuff that pops onto grocery shelves everywhere when we hit the shelves come October, and let’s look at the real finds.

If you love F&B, and are in the NYC area, this is a good time to remind you to get your tickets to my friends amazing annual Bitten Conference on November 1 with top speakers from the food world.


Fall Food Flavors

While pumpkin is delicious,  it seems we’ve forgotten about the other options that are just as good, if not more delicious. Let’s embrace them all!

Apple Cinnamon – Make apple cinnamon pie, pancakes, waffles, tea, ice cream, and cereal. Or go apple picking, and dust a little cinnamon on your fresh apples.

Apple Cider – I live for hot apple cider and fresh apple cider donuts in the fall/winter month.

Caramel Apple – I mean, do you need an excuse to add caramel to anything/everything? No. Also, caramel “dip” for my fresh apple slices are always welcome

Ginger – the bold, spicy taste is perfection for the colder months of the year, pair ginger with other fall flavors like apple, or something like chocolate to make it sweeter.

Pomegranate – in season, meaning there couldn’t be a better time to enjoy them. You can eat pomegranate on its own, or you can use the flavor in an endless amount of desserts, breakfast foods, dinner foods, salads, and more

Cranberry – a huge flavor for winter, but it’s also big for fall. Even just looking at cranberries makes me think of the perfect autumn day. And when paired or cooked correctly, these bitter little berries become sweet and comforting

Butternut Squash – at its best during the fall months. Butternut squash is so good that it just might replace pumpkin as the best. You can use it for soups, pasta dishes, salads — even in mac and cheese. And if you’re not into butternut squash, you have other squash options: acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and zucchini, just to name a few

Pear – If you’re not enjoying fresh pears during October and November, you’re doing it wrong. Eat them plain and enjoy their natural sweetness, bake them into desserts, use them to sweeten a salad, or warm them up and add ice cream. You can also mix pear with cinnamon, ginger, apples, pomegranates, or cranberries if you want to be extra festive

Maple – so many possibilities: natural maple syrup on hot pancakes, maple cake, maple scones, maple muffins, maple tea. It just sounds like a fall flavor

Chai – Enjoy cold chai tea on a warmer day, or hot chai tea on a chilly day. Mix chai with extra cinnamon, or caramel or chocolate. Use the spice to add more flavor to oatmeal or cereal


Wine – per Refinery 29

Certified wine educator and founder of Wine Savvy NYC, Sayle Milne, to guide us through the different bottle shades of fall.

Rosé: Grenache/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cinsault/Rolle

White: Bordeaux Blanc, Viognier

Red: Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dolcetto

Red Trend Alert: Touriga Nacional

*I would like to add a spicy Rioja or tempranillo is ALWAYS a delight


Cocktails – per Food & Wine

Seasonal ingredients like cranberries and apples pair beautifully with ginger beer, white wine and hard cider to create delicious drinks. Whether you’re looking for a comforting hot toddy or a tart pear sour, we’ve got your fall cocktail needs covered. Click the links for recipes!


Me, at the recent kick off of the new California based beer company Calidad at their HQ (from the team who brought you Alfred coffee & tea) which will become available this Fall.



Author: Carrie Mitchell

Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)