Tastes change per season and per year. A Friday fish fry and bloody marys are a Wisconsin must. However, food trends give customers something new to try each time they return.
For our region, Summer unofficially ends with the Labor Day weekend. Restaurant owners can get back to “normal” now that there will be less competition from the festivals, weekend getaways, and other outdoor events. People are readying their homes for fall and winter and have less time to cook which means more business for your establishment.
The next 4 months will bring patrons new and old to your establishment. Give your customers something new to try this season with food and drink choices that are trending this year. It is good practice to be aware of yearly food trends. Here are some national ones to consider and keep you in the know.
Many people are choosing meatless or fewer meat dishes. It is good for a body and good for the earth. The US is the largest consumer of meat in the world followed by Australia and Argentina. Moo-ving over to plant-based items like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat brands will help our environment. Here is a list of Vegan restaurants that might interest you that I found on Thrillist
Even if your customer is not a Celiac, gluten-free food is another good offering. Many people have allergies and will appreciate these great additions to your menu. Some restaurants have even gone completely gluten-free so all customers can benefit from these health-conscious prepared meals. It’s easier than you think and customers will seek you out. One restaurant we came across that is 100% Gluten-Free located in paradise is Wauwatiki.
Seltzers, Spritzers and Paper Straws
Less sugar and less plastic. Leave behind the single-use plastics and ask your vendor for paper or eco-friendly versions of your supplies. Your customers are implementing these items at home and now expect restaurants to do the same. Being proactive will go a long way to show patrons that you care about them and mother nature too.
Seltzers waters are trending high this year. Every distributor has them and they come in a rainbow of flavors. Seltzers are usually packaged in artfully designed aluminum cans so they can delight the consumer and can be recycled over and over again. These flavored carbonated waters can be added to wines and cocktails for a less sweet drink that offers a bit of bubbly also know as Spritzers.
By adding a few trending items to your menu, your customer will appreciate a bit of variety and know that you keep current in your industry.
Make sure your kitchen is ready with a seasonal inspection so it is in top working condition and keeping up with local compliance for the upcoming holiday season. At Elite Hood Cleaning of Wisconsin, we are here to be of service.