It’s breakfast time, America, and it’s a new day for restaurant owners, caterers, chefs, and the food industry. Responding to consumer demand, the global breakfast and brunch markets are expected to grow exponentially. Attributed in part to rising concerns for healthy diet, breakfast is once again being promoted as the most important meal of the day.
More than ever before, restaurants and consumer health can be said to go hand-in-hand. With the number of meals and snacks eaten outside the home versus those prepared at home on the rise, and with restaurant industry sales booming, restaurants’ role in the diets of the American public has never been so significant and more importantly — so influential.
Rooftop bars have taken al fresco dining to new, previously unthinkable heights, changing the face of global skylines and revolutionizing the landscape of the food-and-beverage industry. Surging in popularity, especially among millennials, rooftop bars and restaurants are appearing everywhere – in major cities across the United States (New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, D.C.) and as far away as London, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Bangkok, and Beijing.
Pop-up restaurants are thriving, literally popping up everywhere and catering to consumers who clamor for out-of-the-box, exciting, novel, and ‘different’ dining experiences. While they are currently trending in the food industry, this informal dining concept actually harkens back to the underground speakeasy clubs of the prohibition-era, followed by the popular high-end ‘supper club’ dining destinations, where the social aspect of the gathering was just as important as the food itself.
If you work in foodservice and are looking for ways to rise above the competition, invest in personalized guest experiences. One of the latest buzz words in the biz, savvy restaurant owners, catering service operators, bakery and bar owners are pulling out all the stops to customize their menus for consumers and make them feel like they matter.
If you work in the U.S. pizza industry, are thinking of globally expanding your pizza operation, or are opening a pizzeria for the first time, you will be happy to learn that the forecast is shining brightly for the future success of the pizza business.
The 2019 catering trends have emerged, and if you like the flavor of ‘taste menus’ that allow you to sample a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you’re going to love what’s on the table in foodservice for the year ahead. From futuristic culinary masterpieces that delight consumers who are hungry for new, innovative dishes, to full inventories of ancient spices and grains that date back to the Stone Age, there is plenty of variety for your chefs to sink their teeth into.
In our recent article, “Restaurant Robotics Are Here to Stay,” we talked about the dawn of the robot age and whether robots entering the food industry meant that people (waiters, chefs, bartenders) were on their way out. We concluded that only time would tell but urged restaurant owners to continue to follow automation trends while acknowledging that the human element was unlikely to be eliminated altogether.
The New Year has arrived, making this the perfect time to check out the latest wedding catering trends. Whether you manage a restaurant, catering service, food bar, take-out operation, or food truck, here are some of the wedding food trends on the horizon for 2019.