Art of catering food 2020: While every aspect of the events industry has faced its challenges over the past few years, it’s arguable that the catering and F&B industry has faced more than most. After all, how do you create one-off, COVID-safe options without sacrificing presentation and quality? What impact will the new security measures have on sustainability efforts? Are buffets really dead?
Through it all, the innovative professionals on this list have continued to study and refine their craft—finding clever ways to meet ever-changing regulations, incorporate exciting new flavours, continually grow their businesses, and above all, deliver an outstanding and memorable event-goer experience.
Click through the profiles below to find out how each got their start in the F&B industry, their most memorable meals and events, details on their all-time favourite dishes and what the idea of ’innovation’ means to them.
Despite the challenges of the past two years, these chefs, catering managers and other F&B professionals are bringing a new level of artistry and creativity to the table.
6 catering ideas from Instagram for successful appetizers
Who doesn’t enjoy scrolling through Insta for inspiration? Here are some clever ideas we discovered on our feed this month.
As live events begin to return, the big question mark has been hanging over catering – how to keep it in touch and prevent crowding at the stations. One way to avoid queues at buffet tables? Transferred bites, of course. Steal some ideas from these caterers in the US and Canada.
New York-based Abigail Kirsch put a colourful twist on devilled quail eggs for spring appetizers.
Tons of poke bowl stations, anyone? Forks & Fingers Catering in Connecticut created a petite version of fresh food for the apps passed out during the cocktail reception.
Elegant Affairs has brought colour—and clothespins—to its brunch bar. With many event organizers concerned about high-quality catering concepts amid COVID-19, these clothespins allowed guests to grab a bite without touching others on their plate!
During an event held at Lincoln Centre in New York City last week, CxRA (aka Catering by Restaurant Associates) brought out chips and dip to guests in a “Covid-friendly” way in individually wrapped food boxes.
These grilled cheese and tomato soup samples from Virginia-based Purple Onion Catering serve as appetizers or event snacks.
Yes, you can have dessert before dinner! For guests with a sweet tooth, Ridge wells in Washington, D.C. offers these colourful cookies.
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