It’s that time of year again where we take a look back on the food trends of last year and what will be up and coming in 2020. Are you feeling uninspired or just in the mood to shake up your catering business?
Once you are armed with your new equipment – read on to find out what you should be doing to encourage customers to choose your business this year. Whether it be for weddings, events or the ever growing Street Food trend, we want YOUR business to stand out from the crowd…
This growing *pun intended* trend is a key element of what to expect in 2020. As more companies and individual caterers take environmental impact into account, growing your own fruit and veg is an obvious route to take. Not only will it save you on cost and waste, it is a great talking point when serving your food to customers. If you can show that you nurtured your food from seed to plate, you can be sure that it will spark interest and encourage return. Don’t be afraid of trying new things and if you don’t have the natural green-fingers trait – start small! A herb garden to spice up your steaks and sausages is a great way to get you in the groove.
Food Hall Frenzy
These giant halls lined by street food vendors are popping up all over London and are destined to spread across other cities in the U.K and beyond. For those starting their own business as well as for you pro caterers – this is a trend you MUST take advantage of. Start by thinking about what you can offer that sets you apart from the crowd… What do you do best? Are your Yorkshire pudding wraps out of this world? Can you make the perfect pizza in no time at all? Unique, quick and delicious is the new way of thinking and getting a spot at your local food hall may be just the thing to get your business booming. Be sure to speak to your local council about any permits required.
Plant Food Galore
Veganuary, Flexitarianism (It’s ok, we can’t say it either) and other planet-saving diets are the trends that just won’t quit in 2020 and we’re here to tell you that you should not be ignoring them. With big supermarkets introducing new veggie ranges left and right as well as popular restaurants swapping out for meat-free alternatives, finding a way to incorporate plant based options into your business is essential. Instead of just offering a standard veggie burger though, think outside the box. Jackfruit, cauliflower, nuts and legumes… the possibilities are endless and you may be surprised at what you can create without involving any meat at all. One thing is for sure, offering plant based alternatives will open up a whole new market of customers to you.
The Year Of The …Sandwich?
Stick with us on this one: Sandwiches. Nothing revolutionary you might say – however we are ready to argue otherwise. Keeping it simple, homemade and with delicious filling prepared on your rotisserie oven (think ham dripping in juices, roasted chicken with rosemary) will be sure to pull in a crowd. The main thing to remember is keeping the ingredients straightforward but great quality. Switch out the cheap bag of sliced bread for the artisan loaf straight from your local bakery, or maybe even consider making your own fresh for a personal touch. Our catering equipment offers a variety of ways to cook even the most simple of foods, it’s up to you to put your creative skills to the test and it may be a bit of trial and error until you land on that perfect recipe.
Zero Waste, More Taste
Sticking with the idea of remaining more environmentally considerate, try and focus on limiting your waste at events wherever possible. Re-usable containers or biodegradable cups are staples now. Plus, when it comes to cooking meat on your roasting oven, try and use as much of the animal as possible and don’t forget to save the juices or to make crackling for a delicious (waste-free!) finishing touch. Whilst it’s not worth skimping on any of your ingredients, there is nothing wrong with using wonky veg or any items from the reduced section as long as they are eaten within their use by date. Keeping an open mind when selecting your food and containers will help save on waste and will no doubt save you a bit of money in the long run too.
Tasty Trotter is a well-established brand that offer a broad range of catering equipment ideal for hog roasts, BBQ’s, weddings, parties or any other events where people need feeding!