In events it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to menu trends. Spring is a time of renewal and fresh beginnings, which makes it the perfect opportunity to introduce new menu items to get your delegates salivating.
We’ve put together five trends for spring menus that we predict are going to dominate this conference and award season, and are sure to get your clients hungry and coming back for seconds…
1. Plant-Based options
One trend that’s been gaining momentum over the past few years is the increasing popularity of plant-based diets. As more people become aware of the health benefits of a plant-based diet, demand for vegetarian and vegan options is on the rise. In the spring, fresh vegetables are abundant, making it the perfect time to introduce plant-based dishes to your menu. Think fresh salads, roasted vegetables, and hearty grain bowls.
2. Bright and Bold Flavors
Spring is a time of new growth and fresh flavours and your menu should reflect that. Think bright, bold flavours that wake up the palate after a long winter. Consider incorporating fresh herbs, citrus and other bold flavours into your menu options. Some popular choices include cilantro, lime and ginger.
3. Sustainable Ingredients
As more people become aware of the impact of their food choices on the environment, sustainability is becoming increasingly important. This spring, look for ways to incorporate sustainable ingredients into your menu. This might include locally sourced produce, ethically raised meats, or sustainably sourced seafood.
4. Comfort Foods with a Twist
Comfort food is always popular, but this spring, consider putting a twist on some classic dishes. Think mac and cheese with truffle oil, grilled cheese with gourmet cheeses and artisan bread, or elevated versions of classic soups like tomato or butternut squash.
5. Seasonal Cocktails
Finally, don’t forget about the drinks! Spring is a great time to introduce new cocktails to your menu. Think fresh, fruity drinks with bright, bold flavours. Consider incorporating seasonal ingredients like strawberries, rhubarb and fresh herbs. Don’t forget about mocktails, either! With more people choosing to abstain from alcohol and the daytime trend we’re seeing from award bookings, having a few non-alcoholic options on your menu can be a great way to cater to everyone’s tastes.
Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh flavours. By incorporating these five trends into your menu requests, you’ll be sure to impress your clients and keep them coming back for more.
There’s something for everyone on a spring catering menu, talk to our accredited caterers to find out more when booking your event.