7 Food Trends that Will Delight Your Guests
Event planners know their guests love to eat, and we love it when our favorite caterers “wow” them with trendy menu items and presentations that they’ll talk about all year. These trends typically come from the most innovative restaurants and chefs from around the world. Here’s the scoop on some of the most fascinating food ideas we’ll likely be seeing in 2012 and that will eventually make their way into our events.
The Potato—2012 will be the year of the potato, according to hospitality and restaurant consultant Andrew Freeman and Company. Watch for French fry menus that let guests choose the cut, crispness and dipping sauce. Mashed potato stations will remain big.
Grilled cheese is the new slider. This perennial favorite will go gourmet with variations that will boggle the mind.
Hand-rolled noodles will become the new exhibition art form, with chefs showing their style at serving stations that churn out all kinds of noodles in front of your guests.
Odd flavors of ice cream are going to make an appearance at many events. Think soy pumpkin custard ice cream, or French toast or buttered popcorn ice cream.
Veggies as dessert. Cutting-edge pastry chefs are turning vegetables into decadent desserts.
Mismatched dinnerware. We’ve seen this trend starting to appear at events. It’s a fun way to get your guests talking and interacting, and removes the formality that can result in a stuffy environment.
Pretzels will be big. These small and nostalgic treats can be incorporated into fried chicken, cookies and ice cream sundaes. Or serve them plain or with dipping sauces and watch your guests gobble them up!