Catering trends we’ve learnt so far from 2016
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Healthy eating is now firmly entrenched in most people’s consciousness: no longer are they just an idea of food magazines and lifestyle programmes, people now are much more aware of what they are putting into their bodies thanks to the likes of Jamie Oliver and co.
Having said all of that, cakes – and baking – have enjoyed a rise (!) in popularity in part, as a response to programmes The Great British Bake Off and various spin off baking programmes. No longer are cakes or puddings consigned to the 1950s and many menus include puddings like spotted dick, bread and butter pudding and Victoria sponges.
Healthy eating also relates to eating ethically so consumers – as well as chefs – are taking a healthy interest in to where their food is produced and sourced, both for food eaten at home as well as eating out. It’s becoming increasingly common for menus to note where that produce was sourced from and now the waiting staff are also expected to know this. We’re seeing a huge rise in pubs and restaurants supporting the local economy by using locally sourced meat, fish greens and also beers and wine. It’s always good to see as it means the food is fresher and the supplier and establishment have a good relationship and are able to ask questions and find out more about the food they are sourced.
The English wine and beer market is still going great guns and shows no signs of slowing down. English wine used to be a real joke but now companies like The English Wine Company and local breweries have turned our reputation around.
Smoothies went down very smoothly in 2016 – and they still are, in fact. They are a great way to kick start your immune system and give your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs. This has led to a rise in smoothie bars across the UK with the 18-24 age group being the most likely to visit these establishments.
The marrying of two cultures in the kitchen is something that more and more people want to do. Whether this matches the couple’s backgrounds or you simply fancy the idea of food fusion, more and more caterers will be able to do this for you and can give you some great tips on how to make your menu work for you.
Themed menus are also a big hit at the moment, especially for big celebrations like weddings. From The Great Gatsby to street food to traditional fare, menus with an angle are going down a storm.