• 5 Food Trends for 2015 Give Meetings & Events a Fresh Taste

     
    POSTED May 21, 2015
     

    The National Restaurant Association asked hundreds of chefs to rate top food trends for 2015. The results will give meetings and events a zesty edge.

Food plays an important role in our lives. It has the power to comfort or disappoint; it can tell you something about another person (are they a risk taker or do they play it safe?); and most importantly, it brings people together. So, what’s the state of the culinary front in 2015? The National Restaurant Association surveyed 1,276 professional chefs from the American Culinary Federation who told us what’s hot (what’s not), what’s on its way up (what’s on its way out) and how they really feel about customers snapping pictures of their food.

Q&A: Chefs Give Their Two Cents

» WHAT IS THE HOTTEST TECHNOLOGY TREND IN RESTAURANTS FOR 2015?
29% Tablet computers (e.g. iPad) for menus, wine lists and ordering
26% Smartphone/tablet apps for consumers (e.g. ordering, menus, daily deals)
22% Smartphone/tablet apps for chefs/restaurateurs
21% Mobile/wireless payment options

» HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CUSTOMERS TAKING PHOTOS OF THEIR RESTAURANT FOOD AND POSTING THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHILE DINING?
57% It’s free advertising and should be encouraged
32% It’s fine as long as they are discreet
9% It’s disruptive and should be discouraged

» ALCOHOL: WHAT’S HOT
75% Micro-distilled/artisan spirits
72% Locally produced beer/wine/spirits
71% On-site barrel-aged drinks
69% Regional signature cocktails
67% Culinary cocktails (e.g. savory, fresh ingredients)
65% “New Make” whiskey
64% Food-beer pairings

» NEW TOP TRENDS IN 2015
No. 5 Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
No. 9 Food waste reduction/management
No. 23 Artisan butchery
No. 40 House-made condiments
No. 53 Oven-baked items in kids’ meals

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74% Insects
64% Foam/froth/air
61% Gazpacho
61% Bacon-flavored/covered chocolate

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.