Knowing the latest food trends is a top priority whether you are planning a major event or an intimate office luncheon. The fact is that everyone loves to eat. Knowing that good food equals happy attendees, we reached out to culinary experts from around the country to present some tasty and trending food offerings to consider for your next meeting.
Christopher Wadnola, Executive Chef, Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables
Late night bites: Top choices for bites include: Petit sliders (pork belly, wild salmon cake and wagyu beef sliders), sous vide grilled wings, grilled chorizo with papaya mustard, organic chicken kebobs with honey lime glaze.
Action stations: A favorite is the liquid nitrogen ice cream station, where you can select from custom toppings such as dulce de leche, candies, macerated cherries, sprinkles, smoked nuts, and assorted sauces (hot and cold).
Dessert cocktail bars: Think chocolate espresso martinis, grasshoppers, caramel white chocolate Russians.
David Baron, Executive Chef, Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette
Private bonfires: Attendees can warm up around the fire and enjoy house-made marshmallows, hot cocoa, coffee and Baileys.
Bryan Podgorski, Corporate Executive Chef, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Beverly Hills
Wellness-focused fare: Planners can serve a farmer’s market vegetable charcuterie or have their attendees build their own trail mix bar with a selection of roasted nuts, fried fruits, house-made granola, chocolate chips with the option to make it a parfait with Greek yogurt
Nostalgic kid foods: Feed your attendees inner children with fun stuff like build-your-own gourmet PB&J station, S’mores bar or create-your-own grilled cheese station.
Erica Poppe, Director of Sales, Spiaggia
Demos: Olive oil and balsamic tastings, craft cocktail making and cooking demonstrations are just some of the ways you can entertain clients or reward employees with fun and memorable interactive event formats.
Temperance cocktails: Non-alcoholic temperance cocktails are gaining popularity as people are trying to eat and drink lighter.