• New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     
  • New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants picked the brains of chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from its 70- plus restaurants, bars and lounges across more than 30 U.S. cities to push the foodie envelope for 2017. Here are some trends to look out for at the Kimpton and beyond:

CULINARY

+ MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED DISHES: Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt

+ REIMAGINED CHILDHOOD DESSERTS: Sour cherry mascarponeflavored frozen push-ups

+ “NOSE TO TAIL” MOVEMENT, USING THE WHOLE BEAST: Oven-roasted bone marrow burger

+ “ROOT TO LEAF” MOVEMENT, USING THE WHOLE VEGETABLE: Radish greens; carrot top pesto; salt roasted beets

+ LEAN MEAT ALTERNATIVES: Smoked elk carpaccio; venison tartare; ox, bison, boar; ostrich

+ KICK-ADDING SPICES: Cardamom; cumin; turmeric

COCKTAIL

+ UNIQUE INGREDIENTS: Roasted grapes, saltroasted plantains

+ SOUTH AMERICAN-INSPIRED COCKTAILS: Caipirinha using mezcal or jalapeño-infused cachaça

+ FAT-WASHING COCKTAILS: Using alternative nonmeat-based fats like milk, coconut and peanut butter 

+ NEW CULINARY PAIRINGS: Oysters and gin; sherry and fries

+ USING FERMENTED BEVERAGES: Kombucha, ginger beer, coconut kefir

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.

 

Great lighting is key. Smart décor is a must. But the mood of any gala, auction or awards ceremony lies largely on the shoulders of its master of ceremonies. Who you choose to represent your cause or organization on stage can be the difference between an event that is “ho-hum” or “electrifying.”

Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.