In an especially competitive industry, finding ways to stand out from the crowd and remain up-to-date with trends is paramount in hospitality. Staying ahead of guest expectations will ensure you provide the best experience. Here are 2 hospitality trends that should be on your radar for 2019 .
One of the latest hospitality trends in event catering and happy hour cuisine is the grazing table. A grazing table is a table filled with arranged meat, cheese, vegetables, seasonal fruit, and edible flowers artfully set up on marble plates, wooden boards, risers and props with serving utensils and dishes on the side. While serving portions are plentiful, they are designed to supplement a light meal. They are just right for grazing over with evening drinks. These decorative spreads set the tone for a simply spectacular event and are intended to wow your guests.
Benefits of a Grazing Table Include:
- Food is prepared in advance
- Simple to put together
- Guests will be impressed
- Quick and easy clean-up
- Customizable to work with special dietary requirements
How to Create a Grazing Table Your Guests Will Never Forget
- Start with an interesting table or piece of furniture that reflects the overall theme of the event.
- Pick the perfect location. Leave plenty of room for guests to mingle around the table.
- Choose serving boards, trays, and stands with various heights for an interesting visual for your foods.
- Use cutlery and serving dishes that reflect your theme.
- Choose a variety of cheese, meats, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and dips. Add an array of crackers, bread, condiments, and preserves. The more variety the better.
- Your table should be totally covered, don’t leave any white spaces. Fill in any gaps with sprigs of herbs, greenery, or edible flowers.
- The ultimate goal of your table is to be able to try a little bit of everything. So don’t include food that is too large or too messy to eat.
A Focus on Sustainability
Sustainability has been a growing focus for hoteliers in the last 10 years. As consumers become increasingly aware of reducing their own carbon footprint and living as green of a lifestyle as possible, this will be reflected in their lodging choices. Hoteliers are making changes that will help their properties be as carbon-neutral as possible, whether it is providing glass cups, ceramic mugs and paper straws (instead of plastic) for in-room beverages or furnishing recycling bins both in public areas and in the back office.
Hoteliers have also recognized that natural elements can be integrated into a property to enhance guest experience and drive overall revenue. For example; panoramic views, indoor waterfalls, walled gardens, fixtures and furniture made from sustainable sources of timber like mango wood. While a mango tree is much better known for its popular fruit, this South Asian tropical species can also be successfully cultivated for the production of wood. However, it can only produce wood that is suitable for cutting into lumber once the fruit-bearing lifespan has finished, and the tree can dedicate more of the nutrients into growing into a good quality sized tree. Mango wood is popular because of its strength, density, attractive looks and durability that allows it not to wear out quickly and keep its beautiful texture for many years.
For an artisanal or farm to table look our Expressly HUBERT® Mango Wood 3-in-1 Convertible Shelf has been a popular choice for many properties.
- Converts to 3 different positions
- Cast iron frame with mango wood shelves
- Can use from upright shelves, slanted shelves, or a flat table form