Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hot in 2009?

Recently, every conversation I have with a vendor starts and ends with the economy and it's effect on our not-so-recession-proof-afterall-wedding industry. Today, however, I had a conversation that was reminiscent of our pre-housing-market-collapse-Wall Street-bailout days. I was talking to a local caterer about wedding reception trends. We were trying to predict what will be hot, in food, in 2009 and beyond (because wedding trends stick around for years). Here's what we came up with:

“Green” will still be red hot. Local, sustainable, vegan and zero waste menus.

Smaller food portions. Lunch portions will be served for dinner functions. A part of the “green” initiative, although it’s popularity in 2009 may be due to the smaller budget initiative.

Stations, stations, stations!
Dessert stations will add to or replace the traditional wedding cake
Cocktail stations will replace the expensive open bar
Soda fountain, candy and popcorn buffets will continue to add levity to the wedding reception, and
cheese & fruit displays paired with a variety of wines, will replace expensive hor d’oeuvres and the open bar during the cocktail hour.

Offal – Chitterlings, liver, kidney, tongue, brains and other animal innards have moved from the reality game show arena to the wedding reception dinner menu. Experimentation, we’ve been told, will be big in 2009 as foodie couples demand more originality and bold flavors, and chefs, happy to oblige, will be all over this European trend.

Did I miss any? if you've seen or heard of an emerging food trend, drop me a line. It's a heck of a lot more fun to talk about than...I don't know...non-existant 401k accounts.

The photo above is the Soda fountain break at the Hyatt Regency Boston.

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