Mystical and magical beverages. We’ll see more color-changing, sparkly and glittery drinks on the horizon, and also, unique crystals (non-toxic, of course), house-infused spirits, tinctures and gem waters that allow the guest to choose the spiritual or well-being aspect they want to enhance.
More mindful ready-to-eat offerings—‘piatti pronti’ or ‘ready to eat’ in Italian. Originating in Italy and born of the desire for healthy, easily prepared meals, piatti pronti are mindful meals that can be enjoyed at restaurants or cooked at home. They are developed on gastro farms in Italy and France, then prepared in high-end labs across southern Europe. The items designated for nitro-freezing into delectable piatti pronti help eliminate food waste from fluctuating restaurant orders, delivery times and seasonal production shifts. New York-based Mi Garba is a restaurant that offers food ‘made in Italy’ with minimal kitchen labor, prep time and space.
While food trends from Australia may not be as identifiable as those from other parts of the world, their influence is growing. New Australian-accented cafés focus on great coffee drinks, fresh and seasonal ingredients, and food for all-day eating. What sets these foods apart is an unapologetic embrace of good fats, sustaining grains, and global flavors. Look for crusty meat pies, enticing pastries and lattes tinted with spirulina, turmeric
Front-of-house technology will start to influence food and beverage experiences, utilizing augmented reality with consumer interaction with menus, drink coasters, table tents, wine labels, placemats and more.
Because not all menu items work for delivery, restaurants will be looking to design curated takeout, and success will be found in finding unique, experiential ways to bring the restaurant’s brand essence and food ‘to life,’ including meals being prepped to finish in a customer’s own kitchen.
Looking on the trend horizon, we’ll see the ‘de-processing’ of food to be more in demand than before—as close to ‘natural’ as possible and still labor-saving. Think fresh-cut vegetables, portioned meats and fish, and peeled fruits for quick consumption or use in cooking. Also, expect backlash around plant-forward. Consumers get it: We’ll eat more plants, but we want meat, too. It’s all about balance.