Our top predictions for catering food trends that will be massive in 2019
With a new year comes exciting new possibilities for food catering. We’ve seen our fair share of catering food trends in the past, and we’re pretty confident we know what’s going to be big in 2019.
Now more than ever, customers are requesting eco-friendly food options that have less of an impact on the environment. The same can be said for the use of recycled materials. It’s not uncommon for events to be catered with utensils made of recycled and biodegradable materials.
Guests are also opting for table spreads that encourage social interactions. Food stations give guests the opportunity to assemble their own menu items while mingling with colleagues, friends, and family members.
We’ve also seen a lot of customers go for healthy menu options. Customers are choosing fresh and healthy options over deep-fried foods. There’s more of a focus on freshly prepared food that still looks and tastes divine.
To keep you inspired, we’ve come up with our own list of top catering food trends we’re predicting will be big in 2019.
Talk to the catering experts at Devour It Catering about recreating your favourite catering food trends.
Food walls and food stations
Food walls are a fun way to put a creative twist on your food presentation. This quirky concept involves hanging food on display walls for customers to pick at. Doughnut walls have been a massive hit at wedding and catering events over the last year, and this trend looks set to continue in 2019.
Doughnuts weren’t the only round delicacies we see taking the limelight at catering events. We’ve seen caterers experiment with pretzel and bagel food stations too. Imagine the delight of coming across a German pretzel stand where you can dip pretzels into an assortment of cheese and chocolate sauces.
What really makes these food displays appealing is the elements of creativity and interaction they provide. With an assortment of doughnuts, it’s easy to create a colourful and eye-catching display that ties in with the theme of your event.
Poke (pronounced po-kay) is a dish that became massive in Hawaii back in 2017 before becoming a staple in Asian fusion restaurants all over the world. Poke bowls are now becoming a popular menu item for catering events too.
Serving up poke bowls is one of those catering food trends that will satisfy even the fussiest health-conscious guests. A traditional poke bowl is assembled with a thin base of rice, raw marinated fish, and an assortment of fresh and pickled vegetables.
Popular recipes usually feature a colourful assortment of ingredients like edamame beans, salmon, pickled ginger, shredded carrot, and avocado. Vegan options are also quite popular with ingredients like raw fish and chicken being swapped out with tofu and other meat substitutes.
Grazing tables are one of those massive catering food trends that’s exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. It’s something we predict will still be big in 2019.
Grazing tables often feature an antipasto spread of cured meats, pickled vegetables, cheeses, and breads. Food caterers usually take a rustic approach when it comes to decorating grazing tables. You’ll often find a variety of wooden boards and repurposed furniture used for a grazing table display.
Table spreads like this are a great example of an interactive food display. Grazing tables give guests the opportunity to mingle while picking out their favourite salamis and cheeses.
Faux meat options
With vegan and vegetarian diets becoming more popular, food producers are always finding new ways to create meat alternatives. We predict faux (or fake) meats will be one of those food trends that will continue to grow in popularity well after 2019.
Food producers continue to find new and exciting ways to replicate the taste of meat with vegetable proteins. Vegan sausages and burger patties have come a long way in the last decade. It’s easy to find a meatless patty now that replicates the crunchy exterior of a seared beef patty.
Now that food producers can produce faithful alternatives to meat; it’s never been easier to create a meat spread that will make everyone happy at your next catered event.
The modern food consumer isn’t just health conscious anymore. You’ll find guests are also concerned with how their food ended up on their plate. It’s one of the reasons why we think eco-friendly catering will be one of the massive catering food trends for 2019.
Issues like global warming have seen more and more people think about the impact that food production has on the environment. Food production companies are doing their part by decreasing food wastage and choosing to only use seasonal fruits and vegetables for menu items.
Exporting fruits and vegetables to locations where they are traditionally out of season requires a large amount of wasted energy and resources. Food caterers are also opting for servingware made of recyclable materials such as paper straws, bamboo bowls, and wooden forks.
Recreate your favourite catering food trends with Devour It Catering
If you’d love to get onto a food trend at your next event, talk to the catering experts at Devour It Catering. We offer a flexible range of catering options to help you achieve the perfect food spread.
Our food options are prepared fresh on a daily basis. We can even provide you with catering staff to serve your favourite catering food trends in 2019.
Talk to the food catering specialists at Devour It about creating your own custom food spread.