Playful F&B to Start the Year

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The experts at Bill Hansen Luxe and Constellation Culinary Group have come up with 5 playful F&B ideas for your next event.

Why not start off 2023 with some fun F&B? Whether it’s a smoky cocktail or a scoop of purple ice cream, the experts at Bill Hansen Luxe and Constellation Culinary Group (CCG) are onto something!

Snap & Sip Cocktail

The Snap & Sip Cocktail creates an edible printed image floating on a cocktail that can be customized with any shot. This Instagram-worthy idea adds a unique touch to the cocktail hour and gives guests something to buzz about.

At the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), there has been an increase in creative mocktails to cater to guests looking to abstain from alcohol. Kombucha is also making a presence, and the CCG team predicts that it will soon develop into a cocktail.

Ube Everything

A unique purple sweet potato is sneaking its way into the F&B scene. Ube flavor is said to be even sweeter and more mellow than an orange, and high in healthy carbs, vitamins, fiber and extra-high levels of antioxidants. This new ingredient is being transformed into sweet treats like doughnuts and even soft-serve ice cream.

Butter Boards

The team at PAMM has noticed a new F&B trend, a twist on the traditional charcuterie. Butter boards are an easy and flavorful way to give guests a creamy topping to their appetizer and the toppings are endless. For a sweet and spicy kick, guests can add a chili drizzle with honey topped over the butter, as well as roasted garlic, lemon zest and herbs galore.

Edible Smoke

Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach has noticed a few new F&B trends emerge while others re-appear. New are edible smoke bubble cocktails, where the person can taste the alcohol or flavor as they take a sip of the drink. Back again are champagne towers, which can be used to set a high-end vibe for any event.

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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 her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She 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 for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.