Food for Thought — This Year’s Hottest Catering Trends

We’re more than midway through the year, but if you’re still looking to serve up the savviest selection of savory sustenance for your next event, consider these hot catering trends.

Artfully Delicious. From ice sculptures that chill your shrimp to a sculptural presentation of a charcuterie board to special lighting elements that showcase cocktails, artful food and beverage presentation will increase appeal and have your guests talking between bites.
Dietary Decisions. A greater awareness of dietary restrictions in general means you’ll want to provide options everyone can enjoy. Incorporate gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian food choices into your menu so no one goes hungry.
Make Mocktails. Artisan and hand-crafted mocktails are huge this year and allow your guests a healthier, alcohol-free choice. Incorporate herbs, spices, and even veggies into a mocktail that matches your event theme or spotlights your brand colors.
Belly Up to the Bar. Separate “bars” scattered throughout the event space encourage attendees to mingle and move around. Sampling a bit of everything allows guests to pick and choose exactly what they love and how much they want to enjoy. Consider an oyster, sushi, omelet, waffle, salad, sundae, or coffee bar.
Make it About Mother. From locally sourced and organic produce to biodegradable disposal methods, non-disposable plates, cups, cutlery and glasses, your focus should be on sustainable practices at every event for the sake of Mother Earth.

A Glimpse at 2020

What’s Old is New Again. Expect to see retro-themed parties harkening back to the days of the Roaring 20s. Think flappers, Great Gatsby cocktail parties, and elegant entrees to make an appearance.
Meat Your Match. Many health-conscious people are looking for alternatives to meat and dairy and are expected to turn to plant-based foods instead. Look for alternatives to dairy, such as foods made from soy, cashews, and almonds.  Meat substitutes will include tasty treats created from chickpeas, peas, rice, soy protein, tomatoes, molasses, and more.
Pot Luck. Including Cannabidiol (CBD) in beverages won’t get your guests high but will calm nerves and anxiety, making your event a relaxing and enjoyable experience for all.

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As a freelance editor and writer for more than twenty years, Kris McNeely has had the opportunity to write and edit everything from non-fiction books to blog posts, web content to white papers, ads to articles. She was named an Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month, has been featured in multiple anthologies, and was selected by Amtrak Railway Service as one of five travel writers from among a pool of 1500 applicants nationwide. In her free time, she likes to jog, garden, travel, and spend time with her two kids and three grandchildren.