A Q&A with our Chef on the Latest Food Trends
Food trends change faster than night and day. To keep up with what 2018 will bring in the culinary world, we sat down with our Executive Chef & Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, John Billings. Check out what he had to say about the latest food trends!
What is the biggest buzz as far as food/beverage trends for conventions and corporate meetings?
The craze of “Iconic Food” is trending! Traditional & favorite meals from the past have been infused into Eaglewood’s menus. Our food is produced in-house from “pit to plate” – fermentation, pickling, and curing – with locally sourced ingredients that will keep you intrigued and asking yourself: can I do this at home? Today, society is in a rapid growth with technology and the ideology of “not enough time,” in which we often tend to compromise our ability to cook a great meal. Bringing back iconic foods can re-teach society how much fun cooking can be and establish the feeling of accomplishment from scratch and homemade cookery.
Can you provide an example of something that is trending and growing?
Expo kitchens & action stations are kicking “food theater” up a notch – or two, or three. Exhibition kitchens have been around in some form since the invention of brunch. But today, we’re talking full-blown food theater. Driven by food TV in all its incarnations and the prevalence of social media outlets that are ideal for everything food and beverage, restaurant kitchens today offer a front row seat at a dining performance, and guests are crowding around to take in the aromas, flavors, cooking tips and high energy of the stars of the show: the chefs! It’s a visual and sensual spectacle that entertains, nourishes, and satisfies everyone in the entire dining room.
Why is it important to keep up with food trends in this industry—especially as it relates to creating food experiences for groups?
“Cooking for Millennials” – WOW, really a trend. We are now in their world and they are looking for complex, healthy, and personalized food. Meals should be healthy – using natural ingredients and light on the carbs – but still flavorful.
How often do things change? And what’s the best way to keep up on what the latest food trends are?
Foods trends change often. To keep up with them, you need to research daily what is going on in the F&B world. I would suggest flipping through magazines, sourcing the internet, and watching food networks to see what is trending.
What else is important that those planning meetings should know about this subject?
This is where either the F&B Director or the Executive Chef need to sit with the meeting planners and go over what is trending and get to know the mix of the groups coming in.