Ita Group explains, “Utilizing the latest event catering trends at your event is a must. Why? Today, people are much more in tune with food than ever before”, and they’re not wrong. Studies show that 8 in 10 U.S. adults watch cooking shows regularly, and millennials go out to eat more often than members of Generation X or baby boomers.
1. Destination-specific cuisine: Give your guests an experience they cant get anywhere else.
2. Local beer and wine: People want whats local to that area; what they don’t have usually and can’t get other places.
3. Grab and go foods: Allow your party guests to continue to mingle and network throughout the night.
4. Experimental catering: For example, think of a fresh-pulled mozzarella station…sounds fun, right?
5. Barbecue mashup: American barbecue dishes with international twists will be popular in 2018, such as Korean fried chicken.
6. Drinking your vegetables: Studies show that many US and European bartenders plan to use vegetables in their cocktails this year.
7. Nordic Cuisine: Dishes such as beet-cured salmon with dill cream cheese, cucumber, shaved fennel and pickled mustard seeds will be on the rise.
8. Instagrammable items: People want Instagram-worthy visual elements to their food items; not only does the food need to taste good, it needs to be social media ready.
9. Tacos with International-inspired fillings: Unique filings such as Korean kalbi, fried Italian peppers, Mediterranean lamb and harissa, and Japanese uni seaweed will be on the rise.
10. Food walls: Pretzels, doughnuts and macaroons will continue to grace food walls at weddings and special events.
11. Untapped resources: Culinary leaders will start to experiment with resources of the ocean and new foods and species.
12. What and where: Consumers will know everything there is to know about the food they are consuming.
13. Foods to watch: Seaweed, hemp, pulses, cricket flour and grass-fed beef.
14. Gourmet donuts: Served at weddings as cake alternative, a coffee service garnish and wedding favors.
15. Welcome cocktails: Allow your guests to feel catered to as soon as they arrive.
16. Dessert bars: Display your favorite treats in an eye-catching and self-serve way.
17. Brunch weddings: Who doesn’t like brunch?
18. Food trucks: Late night snacks are always a plus, and this brings an exciting experience for guests.