5 Hot Foodie Trends

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Nostalgic, comforting and traditional cookery is hot.

In her blog on healthful food and beverage for events, foodie Tracy Stuckrath of Thrive! Meetings & Events often inspires new ways of thinking.

Following are 5 foodie trends she’s seeing right now:

Interactive stations

It’s more enjoyable when we demonstrate the essence of hospitality by facilitating exchanges between chefs and guests. Foodies enjoy strolling buffets and build-your-own stations with ideas like BYO ceviche carts, rolling dim sum and the ever popular ice cream sundae cart.

Ugly veggies

Chefs are challenging themselves to create hearty, tasty and satisfying plant-based dishes, which in turn leads to innovative creations and the involvement of ugly root vegetables. Ugly and lesser known veggies are not only making it onto more plates, but into centerpieces.

Pickled and fermented foods

Nostalgic, comforting and traditional cookery is in. Look for more relish, cured meats, preserves, kombucha tea and more.

Eastern spices

Spices associated with the East are making more of an appearance. Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East are inspiring bold menus, hotter spices, and varied textures. Expect to see more unami, kimchi, seaweed and fermented chili paste.

No-waste kitchens

Innovative chefs have created no-waste menus. Kitchens and restaurants have given themselves no-waste badges. More emphasis has been put on reinventing leftovers and minimizing excess.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.