Écotable | An online platform which identifies, rates and promotes sustainable restaurants in France

23-2-2021

  • GINKGO in Marseille at écotable
  • le café des Images in Herouville Saint Clair sur écotable
  • photo Arthur Pequin at écotable
  • Rija La Mirande in Avignon at écotable
  • Rija Le Panier De Sebastien in Marseille at écotable

For those longing to travel to France this summer, there is a new online platform which identifies, rates and promotes sustainable restaurants in France; Écotable. With the motto: ‘Bien dans mon assiette, bien sur ma planète’ is Écotable a new guide for those who value a more sustainable way of dining out. The French startup, founded back in January 2019, is the platform to check if you want to dine out as sustainable if possible!

De Groene Ster (the green star) is a Dutch foundation comparable to Ecotable. By awarding ‘green stars’, the initiators hope to encourage the hospitality industry to make their business processes more sustainable, economically, ecologically and socially. This is not only beneficial for the industry itself, but as well for the Dutch who are looking for the most sustainable restaurant options in the region. lees verder

Trends we spotted | Week 6

18-2-2021

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At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week, links to articles about amongst others about a signal-blocking butter dish for better phone habits. Interesting for on your dinner table after the COVID-19 crisis, we have been digital way too long! And a link to a ‘how to make’ Charcuterie and cheese bouquet.

Last week a M&M’S experience store opened at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and we love collaborations like this one: Philadelphia’s Down North Pizza has launched ‘A Match Made In Philly’, featuring limited-edition pizza’s created by some of Philadelphia’s culinary stars.

Sustainable initiatives: #slaughterhouse waste products turned into bioplastic packaging and 2 companies are testing real-time digital labels that would detect spoiled food and thus reduce waste.

Two of America’s largest fast food chains, McDonald’s and Burger King, have announced new loyalty programs. Interesting to read! And what do you think, will there be more robots in the hospitality industry after COVID-19? We spotted another one, Robot ‘Jeeves’ in the Radisson Blu at Zürich Airport.

As of March 16th, children can watch the new show by Michelle Obama on Netflix. ‘Waffles + Mochi,’ is a culinary show that will teach them food related wisdom! And in Germany schools can create classes in the conference rooms of the Best Western Hotel Group.

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February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day | Zaxby’s created a TikTok #ZaxofKindness challenge

17-2-2021

  • the #ZaxofKindness challenge by Zaxby's
  • the #ZaxofKindness challenge by Zaxby's

Mascot Big Z is spreading the love, because who doesn’t want free air hugs? Today is ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’ and although we are still not really used to the ‘Days celebrations’ from the US, we spotted this fast casual concept Zaxby’s, with 900 locations in 17 states with its headquarters in Athens, Georgia, playing with the principle of this idea. Zaxby’s, the beloved chicken restaurant chain, is adopting the ‘Random Act of Kindness Day’ and tries to make it popular by starting the #ZaxofKindness movement on social media. Although we spotted a lot of ‘random acts of kindness’ here as well, like for example the #socialfries at our Dutch Friethoes. With the corona crisis they offer their customers the possibility to donate an extra fries for those who can’t afford. At their social media they show how many ‘frietjes’ (portions of fries) have been handed out! We love this idea and acts of kindness will always be appreciated, every day of the year! Let’s hope more people and businesses will offer their random act of kindness! Check out the #ZaxofKindness on TikTok in this article.

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Claridge’s handcrafted eggs return this Easter | Are you ready to create your own tradition for Easter?

16-2-2021

  • The Claridge's Easter Egg tradition
  • The Claridge's Easter Egg of 2021

We still enjoy the thought of our delicious meal from Valentine’s Day but restaurants and hotels are already focussing on Easter. We received the first press release already before Valentine’s Day. Lets hope that restaurants are already allowed to open by April 4 within limited regulations. We love to write about trendy subjects, but some classic, annual anticipated traditions are great as well. And we hope that those mostly English traditions inspire other restaurants to create their own tradition! Check out the images of the annually-anticipated Claridge’s Easter Eggs above! Next to all their other Easter festivities their eggs delight chocolate lovers and spread some much needed joy.

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Accor announced the global launch of ‘Accor Key’ | A digital key solution

15-2-2021

  • Accor Key, the digital key solution

Accor recently announced the global roll-out of its digital key solution, ‘Accor Key’, in line with the Group’s strategy to provide a contactless guest journey in its facilities. This exciting new step for Accor confirms its ambition to innovate and invest in high-quality technological solutions to deliver the very best and most convenient experience for its guests.

Following successful pilot programs in North America, Europe and Asia, the roll out will start in all new Accor hotels opening in 2021 and extend to existing properties with an objective to equip 500 hotels with Accor Key this year, and at least 50% of all rooms across the network within the next five years. By providing customers access to their rooms without a physical key, Accor will also help reduce the amount of plastic used for traditional key cards and cardboard for the key holder.

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#theALLjourney | A global treasure hunt by Accor Live Limitless to mark the launch of the 4th Paris Saint-Germain jersey

11-2-2021

  • #theALLjourney by Accor Live Limitless
  • #theALLjourney by Accor Live Limitless

Who isn’t dreaming about travelling at this particular time? From 10 to 12 February, ALL – Accor Live Limitless, the main partner and jersey sponsor of Paris Saint-Germain, is offering fans a dream getaway, while revealing the most wonderful places and hotels available among its portfolio of brands, through a digital treasure hunt accessible all around the world. Up for grabs – copies of the 4th Paris Saint-Germain jersey and stays in the Group’s various hotels. #theALLjourney!

Although you can only still participate till tomorrow, we love the idea of a digital treasure hunt, it might be inspiration for smaller companies.

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Trends we spotted | Week 5

11-2-2021

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At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about amongst others a Cocktail-gram for Valentine’s Day, an idea by the Avli Taverna and the packaged picnic at the Rockefeller Center ice rink by restaurant Frenchette in New York.

Inspiring: the ‘MEATliquor x Southern Comfort’ home kits in honor of Mardi Gras and an article about contactless ordering forcing restaurants to adopt 9 tech strategies in 2021. We really think individual restaurants have to react to the Internet of Behaviors and increase their cybersecurity.

PepsiCo launches a drink specifically aimed at teenagers: Frutly, one of the ‘better-fou-you’ beverages.

An interesting, but long article at the website of Nutritional Outlook about 2021 Flavor trends for food and beverage. With flavors like Banana 2.0, the Ispahan, blood orange, turmeric, yuzu, guava, bergamot, birthday cake and many more. And a joint venture that will leverage Beyond Meat’s leading technology in plant-based protein development and PepsiCo’s world-class marketing and commercial capabilities to create and scale new snack and beverage options.

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The authentic London Valentine’s Day experience

29-1-2021

  • Claridge's
  • Claridge's
  • The Connaught
  • The Connaught
  • The Berkeley
  • The Berkeley

Three of London’s top hotels offer incredible Valentine’s Day Menus. Take ‘the day of love’ to a 5-star level with their special offerings, such as breakfast in bed, high tea or supperYou can order the meals on their websites and it is even not exclusively for the 14thThe ultimate way to celebrate this day and enjoy some of the finest cooking in the world.   lees verder

Trends we spotted | Week 3

27-1-2021

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At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week links to articles about amongst others restaurant ONA (Origine Non Animale) is the first vegan restaurant awarded a Michelin Star in France and a Dutch vega restaurant ‘Bij de Tuinman’ launches socially-distanced neighborhood dinners.

Two new three-star restaurants, three new two-stars and seventeen new restaurants awarded one Michelin star at the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland. With two female chefs, Clare Smyth and Hélène Darroze awarded three stars!

Artisinal bakery The Pizza Cupcake, delivers Pizza Cupcakes and a link to an article about the smallest online wine store by British food and wine critic William Sitwell.

To celebrate the release of the new film ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’, General Mills has announced a new Ghostbusters cereal and Lotus-flavored ice cream, coffee, and candles honored Madame Vice President Kamala Harris.

Swedish electric bike company Cake teamed up with Dometic to create an electric food delivery box, with separate compartments and dedicated temperature zones. The electricity for the box is generated by the bike.

In this pandemic-era, there is no doubt that the megatrends for the new year will center around healthier and ‘cleaner’, more sustainable, premium and socially responsible products in line with the mantras – good for me, good for the planet – and quality over quantity. The top 6 drink trends in 2021 by Hospitality Insights.

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Trends we spotted | Week 2

19-1-2021

  • trends we spotted this week

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, links to articles about plant-based braised beef by Fable Food Co and Five Guys has partnered with Radius Networks to roll out curbside & in-store pickup.

The 2021 Food Trends Report by Fine Dining Lovers – with trends like Plant Power, Brunchfast en Linner, Kitchen Co-Ops and Ghostronomy. And here in the Netherlands the bagels from Bagels & Beans are now sold at most Jumbo Supermarkets.

This March, the founders of Assembly Underground in Leeds will launch a brand-new food and entertainment space, Society Manchester at Barbirolli Square. And we spotted E-bike parking units, called the HAVN, with built-in storage and charging by a Belgium start up called Streetwaves. Interesting for restaurants and hotels near bike routes!

British Airways has recently roped in Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge to design a gourmet food menu for its economy class passengers. And a list of all the planned openings of the Accor Group in 2021, an encouraging development outlook!

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