Trendy Catering Made Simple
There are so many new trends in catering that it can really make or break an event. We know it is really hard to keep up with all of them so here are some key elements to look for. Any party that you may host needs these to make sure it can be a full bash instead of a lousy soiree.
Color: Color is important to any party. Color creates energy. Dishes that are full of color are more appealing to the eyes and mean freshness to the client. Mentally, freshness means healthier, better tasting, and of higher value to the client. One dish you could try would be a Watermelon Salad. Bright red watermelon with purple and green lettuces is sure to start any meal full of excitement and energy.
Sustainability: Our clients are so much more curious and knowledgeable about food and where it comes from (*cough* no need to blame the food network and various other “foodie” magazines). It means that we must make that extra step to ensure our vendors are using ingredients that are globally conscious, and that we as coordinators have that conversation and take a moment to learn from our caterers. Seafood is one hot topic for sustainability. Many clients now want to know where it is fished from, whether it is wild or farm raised, and what they are feeding it. So make sure that the next time you serve salmon puffs at your party, that your salmon supplier sells you fish that is fresh and sustainable.
Entertainment: Food is so much more than sustenance, especially now with the quality and variety of food we can serve our clients. Our clients are now expecting more out of our events and our food. Next time you are looking for a catering vendor, see if they can provide some form of “action station.” This is no longer the simple roast beef carving station, this is a full on chef producing food in front of the clients. Many people find food production fascinating and entertaining, especially when done by a professional in a uniform. Some examples of hot new trends would be a sushi chef producing fresh cut and maki rolls, or our favorite Fry Girls making fresh, fried, and decadent desserts for clients on a cute, portable conveyor belt.
Hope these tips and will help make your next party a tasty bash!
Guest Blogger: Jay Cosico and Photos by Gene Higa
Post Published on July 23, 2010.