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 an age when national coffee chains and heavy hitters like Starbucks have been dominating the market, can your local coffee shop or regional coffee chain survive? Indeed, as the year 2019 sets in, the question on everyone’s mind is: Can the small coffee shop owner compete against the big guns and live to tell the tale?
Did you know that coffee is the second most sought-after product in the world after crude oil? Given the enormity of the coffee industry and the fact that each year it rakes in hundreds of billions of revenue dollars worldwide, savvy restaurant and coffee shop owners are invited to read all about the latest coffee flavors and what is in the forecast for java in 2019.
The facts are in: food trend predictions for 2019 clearly indicate that the rise of ‘dairy free’ will not only continue to gain momentum, but that dairy free alternatives – including plant-based milks, cheeses, creams, ice creams, yogurts, and more – have evolved beyond a trend and are here to stay.
As a restaurant owner, caterer, or professional party planner, you already know that color can set the tone for your client’s entire event! From creating an atmosphere, to capturing attention, to enhancing decor, and much more – it is safe to say that color and catering go hand-in-hand. So read on to discover how the Pantone Color of the Year can expand your food horizons.
There is a new concept in the food-service industry and it’s called the “ghost restaurant.” Because there has been a recent surge in consumer preference for off-premise eating – eating at home or at the office and not in a restaurant – restaurants have started to accommodate this trend by redesigning the traditional sit-down concept to create “ghost” restaurants that focus exclusively on takeout and/or delivery.
Instagram is everywhere and in a previous post we discussed how to create Instagrammable food to promote your restaurant. However, for a restaurant’s purposes, Instagram is so much more than rainbow toast and unicorn shakes. It’s more than customers coming in, ordering something, photographing it and then sending it off to the digital world known as Instagram.
For those of us old enough to remember the robot from the TV show Lost in Space (or young enough to still enjoy it now on syndication), wildly waving its arms to communicate, here’s a news flash: the world of robots has changed. Robots in the food industry have less to do with R2-D2 or Woody Allen’s Sleeper, than with, speed, automation, efficiency, and customer service.
The restaurant industry is notoriously competitive and physically draining; however, sometimes the hard work and financial investment pays off and your restaurant turns into a huge success. If that happens, and if you’re an ambitious and confident business owner, your thoughts might turn to opening a second restaurant based on the belief that doubling locations could mean doubling your success.
There’s no denying that French fries are the most awesome of side dishes and that they’re impossible to resist or to have “just one of.” They’ve been around the United States for about 200 years and, contrary to popular belief, a few fries with ketchup are not fatal. While the combination of carbs, sodium and fat may not be ideal, a few fries on the side won’t destroy a diet forever or add an immediate 10 pounds to your waistline.