Food Trends for Hospitality Groups
The food industry is a buzz with new trends that are set to shape the way we eat and dine out. I believe it’s essential for your hospitality group to keep up with the latest trends and cater to the changing tastes of your customers.
The hospitality industry is ultimately the business of serving others, so keeping in mind that choosing to care about how you make the people you work with and those you serve feel matters beyond just a good dish.
Referring to our 2023 Food Trends, I will explore how you can start implementing them into your hospitality group to deliver memorable guest experiences.
1. Impossible Meats Becoming Impossible Eats
Unique Flavor Combinations: Implementing a range of plant-based dishes can help satisfy the tastes of different guests. Many plant-based dishes utilize a wide range of fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts to create unique flavor combinations. Playing around with these fresh and high-quality ingredients will showcase the creativity of your chefs and help you stand out.
Host Plant-based Cooking Classes and Tasting Events: Hosting these types of events where guests can learn how to make their favorite dishes under the guidance of your chefs can be a great twist to add to your restaurants. This is a fun and interactive way to engage guests while also gaining a better understanding of their preferences.
Personalize the Experience: Allowing guests to personalize their plant-based experience by offering custom dishes based on their preferences can be achieved by asking them about their favorite flavors, ingredients, and dietary restrictions to tailor dishes accordingly.
2. Mixologists will be the new celebrity chefs.
Creative and Unique Cocktails: Creating signature cocktails unique to your establishment by using high-quality ingredients is a great way to stand out. This may include homemade syrups, unexpected garnishes or mixers and fresh herbs for interesting flavors.
Interactive and Educational Experiences: Offering your guests mixology classes or tasting will allow them to experience the art of learning how to make great cocktails like the ones they are being served at your restaurants. Giving away your great cocktail “secrets” will only lead to building trust and strong relationships with your guests. At the same time, you will learn a lot from your them and what they want.
Personalized Service: This can be as simple as remembering their favorite drinks and suggesting new cocktails based on their preferences. Offering special drinks for special occasions is another way that can enhance their experience at your restaurant.
3. Bread & Butter Service
1) Customized Bread & Butter Pairing: Create a customized bread and butter pairing menu that complements the main course. For example, pairing sourdough bread with herb-infused butter for a seafood dish or serving cornbread with honey butter for a Southern-style entree.
2) Bread and Butter Desserts: Offering dessert options that incorporate bread and butter such as a unique twist on a bread pudding can leave your guests with dessert experience, they would want to go back to.
3) Personalized Bread and Butter Options: Offering complementary bread and butter platters as starters based on guest preferences will make you stand out. This can also include gluten-free bread options or flavored butter based on dietary preferences.
These are just a few ideas on how you can start implementing trends into your hospitality group, however I believe it all comes down to keeping it simple and caring enough to make your guests feel seen and treated as unique individuals. Caring enough may mean asking your guests what they want to make them feel heard. From remembering their names and offering them a unique cocktail to a personalized dish on their birthday goes a long way.