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

     
    POSTED March 14, 2017
     

    Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops

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

     
    POSTED March 14, 2017
     

    Redemption

    <p>Redemption</p>

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

Ten years ago, when celebrating the 10th anniversary of my company, Elias Events, I wrote an article about the 10 changes I witnessed over the years. Now at the 20-year mark, I feel the need to write another article. This time around the changes in the special events industry are astounding, and to say advances in technology are a driving force behind special events is an understatement.

 

Question: What is your one must-have for business travel?
 

"My Mophie power station so I don’t have to compete for outlets during a flight delay or have that awkward moment of leaning into my neighbor’s lap while trying to find an outlet on the plane."

India Rhodes, CSEP Dallas Partner | Wilkinson Rhodes
 

 

What trends are you seeing on your event menus?