Benchmark Hospitality International Releases Top Dining Trends for 2015
Small Plates-Any Time!
Expo-style cooking, including show kitchens, action stations, EVO grilling and mobile kitchens. What's hot? Slow cooked brisket, braised pork shoulder and ceviche-style seafood. Small plates, served any hour of the day or night, are satisfying demanding palates and may help save waistlines.
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Roll & Go
Bun-less creations that are rolled instead of presented as traditional sandwiches. Take a Reuben, Club, Monti Cristo and even the traditional hamburger filling and roll this in flour tortillas or those flavored with chili, spinach or blue corn. Roll and go ...
Trend #3 -
Lose the Fat-Infuse
Increased awareness over the past years of the downside of fat, as well as the emphasis on gluten free and vegan foods, has forever altered cooking styles. Instead of fat, chefs are changing to beer braising, cider poaching and quick pickling. The idea is to infuse flavor while never exposing food to fat!
Trend #4 -
Back To The Future
A questionable economy and world strife are causing customers to crave the comfort foods of their past. Come-back items on the menu today include family favorites like meatloaf, liver & onions, shepherd's pie and pan-fried chicken. These dishes are popping up in whiskey bars and upscale craft beerhouses. Classics like Shrimp Louie and Oysters Rockefellers are shoving Chicken Caesar and Spinach Dip off the menu.
Time is money and today it's all about "now". Grab and go dining is increasingly popular and spans from fresh exotic fruits to house-roasted Himalayan salted pumpkin seeds. Travelers are looking for healthy and convenient ways to satisfy their need to recharge, and stay on track. Grab and go favorites include wilted spinach, maple seared salmon brioche and golden jewel grained edamame guacamole.
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As travel and exploring the world becomes second nature to nearly everyone, when back home, travelers want to relive their experiences while away. What better way than with flights of miniature "foo foo drinks", Irish Whiskey blends or infused martinis. A foo foo flight could include a Mai Tai, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada to bring the islands of Hawaii and the Caribbean closer to home. Entertaining guests with an Irish Whiskey Sampler brings Dublin home, while Ghirardelli chocolate martini brings San Francisco Bay to the back yard or terrace.
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Ramen is storming the world right now. Once thought to be a food for cash-starved college students, ramen is now breaking into a "low end = high end" street food scenario. Applications include stir fried sriracha chili chicken, Shanghai peanut salad or spicy deep fried.
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This is the creation of tantalizing flavors for simple teas by choosing from a variety of herbs and spices and then infusing. The use of rose hips, lavender and basil not only create an aromatic scent but also provide a soothing, calming beverage any time or day or night.
Slow Ride, Cook It Easy
Many customers are now on the slow food band wagon at home. This has dramatically increased public interest in restaurants that practice slow food cooking methods. Consumers who appreciate and are willing to pay for slow foods are equally interested in the process used to create them. Many restaurants are showcasing these by putting the process right in the dining room, i.e. charcuterie drying, cheese caves, vinegar barrels, etc.
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Branding The Chef
Guests today want to take home a little more from their favorite eatery besides a full stomach (or ... a satisfied palate). Talented chefs are creating their own signature products that they bottle and package for home use. Bottling items, like a signature Lemon curd ale BBQ or chipotle bourbon sauces straight off the chef's house menu, are replacing traditional store-bought items in customers' pantries. Adding distinct flavors to home favorites bring out the "wow" factor when entertaining family and friends.
About BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is a trailblazer in the development, management, marketing andowner-advisory services of resorts, hotels, conference centers and exclusive private clubs. In addition to the company’s established, iconic Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio, the newly-branded Gemstone Collection is a distinctive luxury portfolio of independent hotels & resorts in highly select and preferred destinations.
Benchmark has a combined portfolio of over 70 extraordinary properties domestically and internationally,including 8,000 guestrooms, and 10,000 staff members that are passionately committed to delivering the industry’s most vibrant, unrivaled and memory-making experiences. Many properties have been recognized with the Benchmark Conference Centers® mark of meeting excellence.
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