Food Trends That Work in Oregon
Food trends are interesting and they are definitely changing write now. Some of it has to do with the creativity of chefs, new available cooking techniques, along with ingredients. Besides what’s happening in the kitchen, there is also a generational shift happening with Millenials and Gen Z. It’s a more casual approach with dining and service. Some of these trends will stick around, because it is generational and others because they are just good!
A trend that is quickly losing steam is the buffet and it’s a reason why some of the trends on this list exist. There are too many great food options to just limit yourself to one salad, two proteins and a few side items. However, these can be great options depending on your event, it just doesn’t have to be the only option for your event anymore!
Interactive Food Stations
This one is a whole lot of fun! Think pasta stations like mac n’ cheese where you see the chef sautéing, mixing, creating your dish right in front of you with different topping options
Finger Food Stations
People are loving miniature versions of our favorite foods. Having these stations situated throughout your event allows for different types of foods and keeps the cost down since you won’t have staff walking around. Miniature bugers, Cuban sandwiches, shrimp n’ grits, soup shooter with mini grilled cheese — the options are endless!
A great trend is a continued movement towards casual eating. Sitting at a large table with friends, talking, grabbing a helping or two is what eating food should be like. The Sunday Italian supper has had the right idea all along.
People are eating more veggies these days. Whether it be for dietary needs, just looking to eat healthier or being more globally conscious about climate change, deforestation, etc. Vegetables are taking more of center stage and no longer being such an afterthought. Perfectly roasted vegetables over a bead of herbs and salt rock with a side of creamy farroto (faro in the style of risotto).
Locally Sourced Foods
By eating locally, we are able to support our local community and know how our foods were raised/farmed. There is even a focus on hyper-local food. Meaning in house made items like pasta, jams, charcuterie, etc.
Bring the grill, the food cart, the kitchen! Having some form of on-site cooking has a few perks. The first one being fresher food. The second allows for a broader choice of locations (think anywhere outside in Oregon). The third perk is that it is similar to another trend – it’s interactive.
Tally up another fun food trend! Instead of just platters of desserts or even just a wedding cake, think height layers of your favorite mini desserts. Its visually appealing and again, gives you more options.
These may not be all of the food trends hitting the event scene in 2018, but I believe that these are food trends that work for Central Oregon – trends that fit our lifestyle. We love good food, good friends and good times in a fun n’ casual environment.