Being in the Bay area, we are lucky to be on the forefront of anything related to creativity, food and technology. Ideas are born here all the time and later adopted in the rest of the country. Chef Christophe Kubiak and our Head Designer, Sebastien Sanges share with us what they think will be the biggest trends in cateringand events for 2017. So, take note, because this is what your clients will be demanding next year!
Trend One: Interactivity
Great-tasting food is no longer enough. Guests now want to play with their food and be surprised. Elements like:
Shells that dissolve when a liquid is poured over it and revealing a main dish or a dessert
Chefs as performance artists that go beyond a chef demo and let guests get intimate with the process
Letting guests paint their plates with sauces as if it’s artwork
Will be the tendency in 2017 events, according to Chef Christophe.
Trend Two: Marriage of technology and events
Technology has always played a huge part of events, and 2017 will be no exception. The biggest technology that we will be seeing more at events will be Virtual Reality. The usage of this technology doesn’t have to be just for high-end events. It is actually a technology that can be pretty inexpensive to implement. Viewers like Google Cardboard make this technology very affordable and easy. Look out for venues using virtual reality tours of their spaces for planners that are not local and wedding photographers offering virtual reality filming to wedding clients. According to Sebastien Sanges, other technology trends include using QR Codes to show nutritional information and recipes, as well as integrating smart lighting into the food experience.
Trend Three: Community mindfulness
One of the positives coming out of the recent election is that it has awoken a new sense of responsibility towards ones own community, as well as a yearning to help others. Event planners will demand that vendors use socially responsible practices at their events, such as donating leftover foods to shelters. Fundraising events should have a surge and will probably have larger budgets this year, and we’ll see more partnerships between the private sector and non-profits at events to create awareness and synergy opportunities.
Trend Four: Off-the-grid venues
Places like San Francisco have some impressive landmark event venues, but 2017 will see the rise of the “secret venue”. Planners are looking for something different that their guests have not experienced before; a feeling of exclusivity and being in on a secret that others don’t know about. Technology companies like Peerspace have taken large markets by storm offering access to venues that are not as well-known or accessible to the general public. Companies like Peerspace also offer concierge services where they help planners plan their events from beginning to end, providing comfort and security in using these new spaces.
Let us know what your thoughts are about these trends, and we’ll see next year whether Chef Christophe and Sebastien’s predictions actually came true!
About La Bonne Cuisine Catering and Events:
La Bonne Cuisine is a catering company that has been serving the Bay area for over 20 years. In 2016 it was named the 20th largest LGBT-owned company in the Bay area by the San Francisco Business Times.