Flavors and dishes from throughout Latin America are attracting a growing number of aficionados By Sara Perez Webber While they may share certain ingredients, Latin American cuisines are as varied as their countries of origin, with each culture serving up its own specialties and traditions. And as the flavors and dishes of Latin America become more widely known among U.S. … [Read more...] about Latin Love
How COVID spurred a reimagining of grab-and-go By Connie Jeske Crane Like many caterers before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Anne Lloyd—who owns Nolavore Catering and Commissary Kitchen in New Orleans—was mostly focused on traditional event catering. To be sure, Lloyd always stocked some grab-and-go items. In the heart of the city, Nolavore, which is flanked by historic … [Read more...] about Boxing Up Some Excitement
Melissa Johnson of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events shares the company’s best post-COVID safety practices By Sara Perez Webber As vice president of Cameron Mitchell Premier Events (CMPE) in Columbus, Ohio, Melissa Johnson oversees a team that generates more than $15 million in revenue for the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant group, one of the largest and most successful … [Read more...] about Staying Safe
By Sara Perez Webber Bronco Wine Company’s Joey Franzia discusses industry trends—and why he thinks caterers should be able to double their wine sales in 2020 If you’re a wine drinker—or a wine buyer—you’re familiar with the labels of Bronco Wine Company. The powerhouse vintner has been in business since 1973, and produces such widely known brands as Carmenet Reserve, … [Read more...] about From Vine to Table
The Floral Trends Forecast predicts which flowers and styles will blossom at next year’s events By Sara Perez Webber Wondering which blooms your clients will be requesting for their events in the new year? The Flower Trends Forecast 2020, recently released by International Floral Distributors (IFD), gives a sense of how floral décor is expected to blossom next year. “The … [Read more...] about What’s Blooming?
What foods and flavors are trending for 2019? Here are two expert predictions. By Sara Perez Webber National Restaurant Association • restaurant.org/foodtrends What’s Hot—that’s the name of the National Restaurant Association’s annual trend survey, and that’s what it aims to determine. The survey, created in conjunction with the American Culinary Federation, asks Culinary … [Read more...] about Forecasting the New Year
Lynda Barness—an award-winning consultant in Philadelphia—shares some of the trends she’s seeing in the industry By Sara Perez Webber In Lynda Barness’s book, I DO: A Wedding Planner’s View, she describes a mother-of-the-bride who wanted a well planned social media campaign for her daughter’s big day. “Her idea was to ‘generate some more excitement’ about her daughter’s … [Read more...] about The Wedding Planner