The Catering Trends We Are Predicting To See In 2024…
As we eagerly embark on the journey into 2024, the winds of change are once again sweeping across various industries. The world of catering, constantly influenced by societal shifts and the ever-expanding impact of social media, is at the forefront of this evolution. Today, we delve into the anticipated trends of the coming year, exploring a culinary landscape that promises innovation and delight. From the revival of mocktails to the global infusion of flavors and the return of family-style dining, here are the top five catering trends poised to make waves in 2024.
Mocktails: Crafting Exquisite Non-Alcoholic Beverages
In a departure from the days when Shirley Temples were exclusively reserved for the younger attendees at events, 2024 ushers in a noticeable shift in alcohol consumption trends, particularly among the under-35 demographic. Embracing this change, events are increasingly becoming showcases of the artistry behind mocktails – sophisticated, non-alcoholic alternatives for those who choose to abstain. Renowned mixologists, attuned to this emerging preference, are elevating the non-alcoholic experience with visually appealing concoctions. Expect a palette of vibrant colors, unique garnishes, and a delightful array of flavors, each carefully crafted to cater to diverse taste preferences. An added bonus is that choosing mocktails over traditional cocktails can also translate to cost savings, making it an economically savvy choice.
Late Night Send-Off Snack: A Sweet and Savory Farewell
Breaking away from the conventional parting gifts, 2024 introduces a novel farewell experience – the late-night send-off snack. Bid your guests adieu with a tantalizing array of sweet or savory treats, ranging from table spreads featuring pizzas and mini sliders to the nostalgic charm of hot dog carts and the whimsy of candy bars. This trend not only sustains the energy of the event but also ensures a lasting impression as attendees make their way home. The late-night send-off snack adds a delightful and unexpected twist, transforming the conclusion of an event into a memorable culinary experience.
Huge Sheet Cake or Mini Simplicity: Dessert Diversification
The realm of desserts undergoes a transformation in 2024. Couples, recognizing a shift in preferences, are reimagining the traditional wedding cake. Rather than adhering to the customary tiered extravagance, there’s a growing inclination to either forgo the cake altogether in favor of bite-sized treats or embrace the show-stopping allure of a huge sheet cake. This approach celebrates simplicity over ostentation, catering to a desire for quality over excess. The emphasis is on delivering a delicious focal point without succumbing to the pressure of grandiosity, (and is so big it can’t be thrown in the brides face!)
Global Flavors: A Culinary Journey Around the World
In 2024, say farewell to predictable and mundane menus. The catering scene is undergoing a revolution as it embraces global flavors, inviting guests on a thrilling culinary journey around the world. From the tangy notes of halloumi with spicy honey to the savory allure of rice-stuffed dolmas, the nostalgic bite-sized pleasure of mini spam musubi, and the flavorful explosion of veg pakoras, events are transforming into showcases of diverse international culinary experiences. This trend reflects a growing appreciation for global cuisines, injecting a sense of excitement and sophistication into the dining experience. As guests embark on this culinary odyssey, their taste buds are treated to an array of textures and flavors, creating a truly memorable and immersive event.
Family Style: Creating a Sense of Togetherness
As we gradually transition away from the challenges posed by the pandemic, 2024 witnesses the heartwarming resurgence of family-style dining. This approach, reminiscent of communal gatherings, encourages interaction and shared dishes. The experience unfolds with large platters of delectable entrees, sides, and salads artfully presented on each table. Beyond fostering a warm and inviting atmosphere, family-style dining facilitates genuine moments of connection among guests. It creates an environment that goes beyond the transactional nature of traditional plated dinners, embracing a sense of togetherness that defines the modern event. Guests are invited to serve themselves, fostering a shared experience that enhances the overall enjoyment of the occasion.
In delving into the catering trends of 2024, a clear narrative emerges – the industry is adapting and evolving to meet the desires of today’s discerning clients. From the artistic craftsmanship of mocktails to the global exploration of flavors, these trends promise not only to elevate the overall dining experience but also to leave a lasting impression on guests. As we invite you to embrace these trends, envision your events becoming a feast for the senses in the years to come. At Capers, we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to curate culinary experiences that reflect the spirit of 2024, and we eagerly anticipate creating memorable dishes for the events that lie ahead.