June 30, 2014
Fads and trends in events are ever-changing, but here are the top 5 trends we see sticking around for a while!
1. Local Goods & Food Trucks
It is certainly no secret that locally sourced foods are part of a huge, trending movement right now. As mentioned in our last blog post, a farm-to-table style gets guests excited and generates a sense of community pride. Bringing menu variety to your event with food trucks, specializing in locally sourced food no less, creates the ideal urban culinary experience.
2. Smaller Portions
Healthier lifestyles are becoming the focus, and smaller, bite-sized portions can be offered from snacks to appetizers to full meals. Sliders and food options that fit on the end of a single utensil offer guests diversity without filling them up with each item. Try mini grilled cheese bites with a single serving of tomato soup, tiny tacos, or an hors d’oeuvre that fits perfectly in the bowl of a spoon.
3. Food Bars
Turn unusual items into food bars like mashed potatoes, cheesecake, candy, and Southern style biscuits. Taking a classic item and introducing variety is sure to please the individuality of your guests. Instead of serving mashed potatoes by the chafer-load, spread out the toppings and extras for guests to make their own concoction. For the ultimate biscuit bar, offer various honey flavors, jams, fresh fruit, and butter. Guests love the opportunity to make a food item that’s truly to their taste, and this ensures that they’ll love every bite!
4. International Cuisines
Meals are going beyond our borders with Asian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern influence. Take sriracha, for example—it is quickly catching on and can be seen on potato chips, in mixed drinks, as a hidden ingredient to raise the spice level, and on its own as a dipping sauce. This hot sauce made predominantly from pepper paste is a native of Thailand and has hit America by fiery storm.
5. Specialty Diets
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and belief-based diets are becoming more and more the norm in today’s society. Being able to cater to this specific clientele is a must, so concentrating on creating menu items that are vegetable-based or celiac friendly is key.
Interested in learning more about WinMock’s available space and flexible catering policy for your organization’s next event? Please contact Angela Carleton at AngelaC@WinMock.com or 336.397.2010.