It’s all about health with incredible taste this year in the world of catering. Say goodbye to stale food, cheap sauces and unsavoury sides, 2018 is all about revitalisation and energy replenishment. Here are a few exciting catering trends to look forward to this year.

1. Retro Foods

The classics will remain on the menu this year only they’ll be jazzed up with some designer touches. You can expect to keep your comfort foods in easy-to-eat, bite-sized portions. Spaghetti and meatballs will be transformed into mini baked spaghetti and Parmesan cups with gourmet burgers and jacket potatoes making a comeback.

2. Plant-based Foods

Vegetable-based dishes are starting to take centre stage this year, rather than just being served as a side option. No more watery, overboiled vegetables but rather tasty and nutritious vegetable medleys overflowing with flavour.

3. Local Beverages

Food works in harmony with refreshments which is why caterers will be seeking local beer, wine and signature cocktails to bring out the best food flavours for events. Craft beer and gin is coming to the fore with locally produced wines getting more limelight.

4. Cutting Out Sugar

Conferences and workplace events will be seeking more wholesome foods for snack and meal options. Instead of sugary biscuits and cakes at tea break, expect healthier fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats. The crash that accompanies sugar-laden treats doesn’t promote productivity whereas healthy options are sure to encourage creativity.

5. Alternative Dietary Choices

Gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free and low-carb options are not out-of-place dietary restrictions requested by a select few anymore, but rather coming into their own. Expect a more diverse array of dietary options with guests being asked their food preferences ahead of an event.

6. Only Fresh Ingredients

Locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients are the preferred option which is better for taste, health and the local economy.

7. Tasty Tacos

The Mexican flair is filtering through in the form of tasty tacos which are lovely light, crispy meals garnished with meat, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. They tend to cut across all tastes, are versatile, filling and perfect to eat on-the-go.

This year is set to get a lot healthier without compromising on taste. Old favourites will return in a carefully crafted style with some new additions being added to the menu. Expect work conferences to be a lot more productive, with attendees finding renewed energy following snack breaks and meals.

Central Kitchen Caterers is an experienced and professional catering company based in Kya-Sands Johannesburg. We cater for a number of events as well as day to day catering, spit braai’s, office functions and training meals. We make delicious Platters, Spit Braai’s, Buffet Meals and more to suite your requirements. Contact Central Kitchen Caterers today for your catering requirements.