F&B in hospitality has become a highly competitive and revolutionised component as hotels and resorts aim to keep up with new trends.
As a result, hospitality creates an elite industry of hotels and resorts that foster exceptional and exclusive dining experiences. As we’ve entered into the New Year, here’s a list of food trends that are currently prevailing in the hospitality industry:
The Chef’s Garden
With a number of people opting for a healthier lifestyle, a passion for organic eating is becoming a popular trend. Hotels and resorts are starting to change their menus to meet these requirements by growing their herbs and vegetables in their own backyard. As a result, their menus consist of a variety of healthy, vegetable-focused cuisines where vegetarian and vegan options are included as well. Not only does this encourage guests to live a healthier lifestyle, it also reduces a hotel’s or resort’s carbon footprint.
Herbs and vegetables are not the only sustainable, locally sourced food items in the hospitality industry. Meat lovers will be relieved to know that the food they consume comes from animals that have been naturally and humanely raised. For example, meat from cows and chickens are brought from well-conditioned farmhouses, and seafood such as fresh water eel, octopus, and ocean trout are bought directly from local fishermen. As animal welfare is a major concern in our world today, it is vital for hotels and resorts to achieve the highest standard – which means making sure that their meat is a hundred percent organic.
Restaurants are now more conscious about ingredient transparency, and this is quickly becoming one of the most attractive qualities in menus. Ingredient transparency means that clear information is provided about the food the guests’ order. It could be as simple as letting them know whether the food is gluten-free or vegan, or more detailed like from where their meat is sourced. Ingredient transparency also enables hotels and resorts to create dishes that cater to those with dietary restrictions and those who may have allergies. Not only is this helpful for guests, it also builds their trust as they know exactly what they are ordering, which further adds to its trendy appeal.
Nowadays, ethnic cuisines are becoming a massive hit in the hospitality industry. Culturally exotic and unique items are presented in the menus and the guests are given interesting options to choose from. These meals gained popularity because they offer a range of flavors, textures, and aromas that enable guests to experience what it’s like to consume foreign dishes. Traditional Japanese food such as the sushi and ramen are favorites, and Thai and Indian dishes are in high demand due to their spicy qualities. Korean and Peruvian cuisines have recently hit the spotlight as well.
Another recently emerging food trend is the hybrid cuisine where elements of two foreign recipes are combined to make a single dish. For example, the Korean side dish kimchi is added to spice up Mexican or American food.
All-Day Breakfast and Brunch
Recently, everybody’s favorite breakfast duo bacon and eggs are being served not only during breakfast but during lunch and dinner hours as well. The breakfast buffet is without a doubt one of the most popular meals in hotels and resorts. The all-day breakfast varieties in menus are a growing preference amongst breakfast lovers, who get to enjoy an array of options ranging from muffins to croissants, loaves of bread and spreads, and many more.
Some hotels and resorts also offer brunch options in their restaurants. Brunch may not be noticeably popular yet, but it is certainly a food trend we should keep an eye out for.
Ultimately, it is imperative that restaurants, cafés, and bars in the hospitality industry provide excellent service. The management of such a large industry is undoubtedly challenging and a top-notch dining experience plays a huge role in keeping the guests satisfied. Therefore, it is vital for hotels and resorts to create a community that makes their guests feel good and want to come back because, in the end, this is what really counts.