How to update your F&B choices in 2018

Every year, you update your meeting's agenda with new sessions and speakers. But that's not enough. If you want your meeting to feel current, you also must update its food-and-beverage spread.

To do that, you have to stay on top of the latest food trends. And in 2018, one of the biggest trends is vegetarian cuisine, according to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which recently published its 2018 "Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast."

"According to Kimpton's chefs, plant-based proteins like beet burgers and tempeh are even appealing to meat-eaters, with 31 percent of those surveyed expecting vegan options and spreads such as sunflower butter or cashew cream cheese to become increasingly popular," reports Successful Meetings Managing Editor Alex Palmer, who says Kimpton also predicts a rise in Nordic cuisine. "Scandinavian and Nordic influences are likely to grow, according to Kimpton's culinary team, with ingredients such as bramble shrub, dill, rhubarb, and aquavit making their way into cocktails. Colorful produce like carrots, cabbage, and beets, as well as more exotic berries such as juniper and lingonberries, will be more popular -- not to mention dishes such as beet-cured salmon or pan-seared arctic char."

Although it's hard to predict what meeting attendees will be craving in the future, for now it's clear: Veggies and fish are where it's at.

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