1. Local Sourcing
This desire is what’s behind the consumer-fueled farm-to-table trend that’s showing up with more frequency on catering menus.
2. Vegetarian Dishes
Did you know that 50 percent of all Americans have at least one meatless meal a week? That percentage rises when you consider international attendees. So stay ahead of the game by always serving one vegetarian dish at your next event!
3. Gluten-free Dishes
This trend has been going on for a while but it is definitely more popular and has changed the face of cooking so much, it has now become commonplace in the kitchen. Instead of wheat, barley, rye and spelt, chefs are using ancient grains like quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. These grains are more nutritious than wheat-based flours and more interesting than a rice pilaf.
4. Ice Cream Combos in Gourmet Flavors
It is being predicted that attendees will start seeing more liquid nitrogen ice cream stations at event. Easy for chefs to do, this creates an entertainment piece for attendees, adding to the value of the food and beverage.
5. Upscale Comfort Food
People will always love simple, home-cooking. Chefs are now taking that to another level by giving attendees that same warm belly feeling but incorporating ingredients you wouldn't typically fine in these ordinary dishes. Think macaroni and cheese, but served Italian-style with sautéed salami, garlic, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.
6. Mash-Up Dishes
Trending in 2015 will be a variation on sliders. Instead of bread, cheeseburgers are served on grilled ramen noodle buns.
The forgotten flavor taste buds pick up. Recognized as a meaty flavor, examples include soy sauce and ketchup. It’s a taste you can add to beef, sauces and soups.
The new "it" ingredient, it is predicted that biscuits will be 2015′s most popular handheld food container for miniature passed sandwiches, salads, apps and more.
Devour the details and ring in the New Year with these delectable catering trends of 2015!