Food & Beverage Trends
- any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
- anything serving for consumption or use.
The devil is in the details. Or was it deviled eggs? Regardless of how the saying goes, the food you decide to have at your event can make or break the whole experience. If the food is cold, stale or not vegan or vegetarian-friendly, your attendees might walk away from the event with a bad taste in their mouths. In this Education Essentials, we’ll provide some insight into the latest food trends and offer suggestions for how to plan an event with great taste.
What's Cooking in 2018?
It can be easy to think that there are some timeless foods that are consistent crowd favorites. But today, especially with the release of recent studies and documentaries about specific kinds of diets, people can be pretty hard to please. Check out this infographic for some 2018 food trends that will help make your event a hit.
You can also check out these articles from Business Insider, Travel Market Report, ita Group and Forbes on top food trends that will stand out on menus and attract consumer interest in a broader sense. If you’re interested in the science behind food, check out this article from BizBash that talks about 3D printing food.
Consider a Food Rescue for Your Next Event
What's a food rescue? After an event, all leftover food is immediately transported to a local shelter or food bank to feed the less fortunate. This is a great way to be resourceful and give back to the community. Check out this video that highlights National Association for Catering and Event’s (NACE) experience doing a food rescue.
Foodies in FICP
From self-serve frozen yogurt machines to pop-up espresso bars, dozens of meeting break food and drink options came out of a Idea Exchange at the 2017 FICP Education Forum - check them out here!
Planning an event down to the finest dining, or detail, can be difficult. This blog post from Heather Calabrese provides some considerations when planning a menu for your event.
Check out this graphic facilitator board from the 2017 Annual Conference for a fun visual that can serve as a guideline when planning the food choices for your event.
#TBT - Fun Fondue at the 2017 Annual Conference
The 2017 Annual Conference featured a Fondue Break with dark chocolate, fruit skewers and donut holes on sticks to give attendees an afternoon jolt of energy.
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