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6 Hot Food & Beverage Trends for 2017

The rise of "foodism," or the enthusiasm for and interest in the preparation and consumption of good food, as chef Dave Barrett defi nes it, has transformed the food and beverage landscape for meetings.

“(Guests) want good food and knowledge,” says Barrett, executive chef at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. “They want to know more about what they’re eating, where it came from, how it fits with local culture.”

The Rise of Craft Cocktails

Texas liquor laws relaxed for the first time since Prohibition in 2013 when Texas legislators passed significant changes to the alcoholic beverage laws that allowed Texas distillers to sell their products directly to consumers in limited quantities. This opened the door for craft-style distilleries to take root and flourish. From El Paso’s recently launched coffee and cocktail bars to Houston’s nitro-muddled mint and hand-chiseled ice, Texans are making their mark with homegrown liquors and crafty cocktail combos.

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