This is the time of year for annual forecasts and predictions. But one thing we know for sure there are always plenty of special occasions in a year ahead. There will be weddings, graduations, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, baby showers, company picnics and other types of gatherings. Typically we can't handle serving them on our own and even if we did it would be a full-time job.
Catering services will be in greater demand more than ever in 2017 and the industry trends are showing that. Event planners enjoy the celebrations and gatherings they work so hard to plan. They want to make it a smooth, successful and enjoyable function. Finding the perfect quality caterer is an integral part of that.
What are the catering trends? Are there certain types of food, service or presentation that is especially popular this year?
1. Healthy food is here to stay
Health trends have made an impact on the catering business in recent years including the demand for more vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Clients and caterers are incorporating more of these dishes in 2017 including exotic super food menu items.
2. Exciting combinations
The year ahead will not be bland. Exotic fusions and creative combinations will be used to make events spectacular.
3. The focus is on presentation
People are interested in unique experiences and presentation. It will not only be delicious and satisfying but it will also be photogenic. With the popularity of social media shares catering companies will strive to create presentations that are memorable.
4. Attention to detail
Whether it's cutlery, method of serving food, or the process of designing the menu, next-generation caterers are more hands-on and more accountable for the details. Guests will expect their high standards to be met and catering companies will rise to the occasion.
5. Timeless catering qualities
The catering industry is an evolving industry. The professional caterer is equipped to handle dietary and stylistic requirements. The catering service has become quite comprehensive and there are many aspects of catering that will be called timeless. These are the elements of effective planning, impeccable service and the ability to improvise when something doesn't go exactly as planned. This comes from experience and training but they are the backbone of a successful catering event.