Over the past four or five years, we've seen an increased desire for greater sustainability in restaurants and the foodservice industry. This was also reaffirmed in the latest What's Hot Culinary Forecast from the National Restaurant Association. From more environmentally-friendly packaging in the surge of the recent off-premise dining trend to ingredients that are farmed, caught, or harvested in more enviro-conscious ways, sustainability is still a central influencer in 2022.
Restoring consumer confidence in the safety of indoor eating environments is one of the top challenges restaurants face until COVID-19 vaccinations can fully cycle through society. Only by creating this level of confidence can restaurants hope to achieve previous levels of business and profitability as they look to serve their patrons.
2021 is upon us and we're taking one steady day at a time in preparation for the newest food and beverage trends that are hitting the market. With the arrival of the new year, things might look a little different in the foodservice industry. We've seen a complete 180-degree change in how the foodservice industry had to operate in 2020 in order to maintain the safety of employees and consumers. So, how's that going to help shape 2021 and drive industry trends?
Pizza has a way of bringing people together. Opening up a warm box of pizza to find your delicious pie piled with your favorite toppings delivers a mouthwatering satisfaction that's gratifying for people of all ages.
Nothing turns heads faster in a restaurant than the sizzle coming from a plate of fajitas. Whether you choose to use steak, chicken, shrimp, or a combination of the three, your taste buds will be sizzling just like the food in front of you. Manifested from Tex-Mex culture, fajitas are a fiesta of flavor that most consumers would agree are both appealing and satisfying.
If the adage “simplicity is the best policy” can be applied to food, then it would suffice to say that hummus is one of the best foods out there that fits this description. Made from chickpeas, (which is what hummus means in Arabic), garlic, lemon juice, and Tahini (an oily paste made from pressing sesame seeds), hummus is both delicious and healthy. And with Robot Coupe, making your own hummus is a breeze!
Going all the way back to the days of my youth, some of my favorite memories were made while attending Chicago Cubs baseball games with my family. Like many young boys in Chicago, I had my favorite players who I loved to see play in person at historic Wrigley Field, and it was fun to see them play against other teams and other great players.
As we've discussed before, the ways in which foodservice operations reopen in a current- and post-COVID world requires some discussion. Day-by-day we're learning more and more as to what reopening is going to look like, and what we have learned so far is there will likely be some new foodservice equipment and supplies to consider for successful operation.
Foodservice in the age of COVID-19 requires rethinking so many aspects of service across the whole range of operation types. From K-12 foodservice to corporate dining and even retail, figuring out the safest, most cost-effective ways to continue operation is critical.
All across the country and in pretty much every state, we're starting to reopen for business in some capacity. The question becomes, how do we do this safely while getting things running again as quickly as possible?