Anyone that goes out to eat at restaurants or entertain guests in their home on a regular basis will see foodie fashions come and go. When scrolling through the internet you will find an array of new food to choose from. When I was growing up I recalled the classic of the devils on horseback, flambé desserts and the shrimp cocktails being the hip new thing that everybody wanted. It was the flair that everyone loved in entertaining in those years and as time goes by people look for something new and exciting to try to keep food interesting.
These days when you go out the trend has switched from flair to share, eating out has become even more of a social encounter with your food. Main meals have become more about share plates like Spanish Tapas dishes, Mexican and Mini Pulled Pork Sliders that create a conversation through food and this is what most restaurants pride themselves on. With the technology advancing and posting reviews even easier to do then ever before, we are finding the aim of the restaurants to be that the patrons interact in a positive manner through their food as much as possible which creates a great atmosphere and vibe, hence enhancing their experience.
We have most recently seen the USA comfort food craze hit Australia which has awakened the warm hug feeling that we have all been searching for in a new experience. The dishes are enriching and fun, with our local chefs giving the traditional soul food a new fusion twist to make it their own and now there might be another new trend coming from the USA which is in the form of taking the sharing idea to a whole new level…. (drumroll please)……… it’s the food hall dining experience!!
This is where you pick from a selection of high quality style foods that you would usually find in a good quality restaurant and integrate this dining experience in a cafeteria style set up where you eat your chosen food in long/unattached tables. Now I don’t know about you but I find is really exciting as it encourages everyone to look up from their mobile phones, get involved and have a unique conversation with people around them. People who in most respects, come from all different walks of life and It opens up an opportunity for people to become more involved in learning about one another while you sit and eat. This is something that cannot be done when you have individual tables.
I wonder what the foodie fashion stars (aka creative chefs and hospitality visionaries) will come up with next!