Is your Dry January still going strong?

11-1-2022

  • VAN SHA 'Not So Old Fashioned' and TeaVAN SHA 'Not So Old Fashioned' and Tea
  • GINAMISGINAMIS
  • 0.0% Kever Genever0.0% Kever Genever
  • NONA June non-alcoholic drinkNONA June non-alcoholic drink
  • Ferm Fatale - zero sugar and probiotic mocktailsFerm Fatale - zero sugar and probiotic mocktails
  • Dry January Kits by Hairless Dog BreweryDry January Kits by Hairless Dog Brewery

January has always been one of the longest and depressing months. While most of us have to unchill from a festive December month, we’re confronted with Dry January, Veganuary (and if you really want to go all the way, forget the Dairy too), we have Blue Monday (January 17 this year) and your own New Year’s resolutions.

But on the bright side: more and more delicious vegan and vegetarian products are available at the stores, restaurants and recipes on the internet. Besides trying out Veganuary lots of people try Dry January and for those who miss the taste of their cocktail, glass of beer or wine, more and more delicious (and even some distilled) non-alcoholic alternatives are hitting the market, we made a list of the latest drinks.

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Trends we spotted | Week 1

10-1-2022

  • trends we spotted this week
  • Beyond Fried Chicken introduces by Liza KoshyBeyond Fried Chicken introduced by Liza Koshy
  • The Bedford by Martha Stewart in Las VegasThe Bedford by Martha Stewart in Las Vegas

At horecatrends.com 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 the design of the new Hotel Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven and Horecagroep RCE will open a new restaurant from the chain ‘Stan’ in the Sphinxkwartier in Maastricht in the spring of 2022.

Dutch Brave Food: that is what Katy Elst and Ron Okhuijsen, after more than 25 years of experience as restaurant entrepreneurs, want to put on the map at Blue Bar1 in Utrecht. We spotted ‘Taste the TV’ in Japan (with video) and this Monday, January 10, Beyond Fried Chicken debuts nationwide at KFC®.

Geoffrey is a cute 10-pound delivery vehicle/robot developed by Ignacio Tartavull and Gellert Mattyus of Tiny Mile. And it’s pushed of the streets of Toronto. Great idea for uniform shoes, the Zen Running Club shoes, if you want your restaurant or hotel to be as sustainable as possible. They are 100% vegan and plant-based.

A photo of food taken by writer Nicholas Gill in a famous BBQ joint in Brooklyn, NYC, will be auctioned as an NFT. And global lifestyle icon Martha Stewart will open her first-ever restaurant, The Bedford by Martha Stewart at Paris Las Vegas in Spring 2022.

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The Week Without Meat & Dairy in the Netherlands

6-1-2022

  • Week Zonder Vlees & Zuivel

The fifth edition of the Dutch National Week Zonder Vlees (Without Meat) will take place from the 7th – 13th of March 2022. Since the first edition in March 2018, this sustainability campaign has been an annual initiative that shows that eating less meat has a positive impact on the climate. New this year is the addition ‘& Dairy’. In addition to reducing meat, dairy also has a very dominant effect on the climate. During the Dutch National Week Without Meat & Dairy 2022, participants are therefore challenged not only to forgo meat, but also to try to replace dairy. You can register here!

In the past year we have also seen a number of restaurants and Dutch chains, such as Bram Ladage and Eazie, which responded to this Dutch week last year. It remains a great idea to tempt your guests to choose a special vegetarian menu during this week!

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Trends we spotted | Week 52 2021

3-1-2022

  • trends we spotted this week
  • Bagels & Beans opent in de Brabander, Tilburg
  • Tapestry by Hilton -Cosmopolita Rome
  • KFC_Green_Marketing_Campaign
  • Skybar Paris on the rooftop of Pullman Paris Montparnasse

At horecatrends.com 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 amongst others about the first beer spa in France and in Paris opened the first European Skybar on the rooftop of the Pullman Paris Montparnasse.

In Belgium La Trappe Beer introduced a modern and sustainable habit for the monks of the Koningshoeven Abbey, created by G-Star RAW.

The VersaValet by Standard Textile is a laundry collection bag that doubles as clean return garment bag. And the Vegan Babybel cheese, covered with green wax is available on the UK market at the Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

An interesting article at VegNews about ‘turning beer waste into vegan eggs and milk’ by Anheuser-Busch InBev. And Italy will welcome its first Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel in Rome’s Historic Centre this year, Cosmopolita Rome.

McDonald’s China is testing ‘Green Charging Bike’ at 2 stores, the bikes are created by waste and help their guests to charge for example their phone. And KFC China launched an interactive section on its Super App addressing topics including “Exploring Carbon Reduction” and “The Journey to Carbon Neutrality”. A green rewards program.

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena | Unique, European inspired recipes

3-1-2022

  • Recipes with Balsamic Vinegar of ModenaRecipes with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Last week, in anticipation of New Year’s Eve celebrations across the globe, The Consortium of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) shared two easy recipes featuring the European staple that are sure to infuse a bit of flair into any occasion.

Just because we love the flavour of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and we think the recipes shared by them are easy to make, we had to publish this article. If you’re ever find the possibility to buy an older (like 25 years’ old or even more) Balsamic Vinegar, please do. The taste is so special, and it really adds a great acetic sweet flavour to many dishes. Besides the two recipes of the creamy fondue and the Mary Modena, you can find a lot more recipes on their website, like the delicious balsamic raviolini in a brown butter sage sauce!

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JAMES horeca | Platform for temporary staff in the Dutch hospitality industry

3-1-2022

  • JAMES horecaAMES horeca app in Amsterdam
  • JAMES horeca app in Den BoschJAMES horeca app in Den Bosch
  • JAMES horeca app in NijmegenJAMES horeca app in Nijmegen
  • JAMES horeca app in UtrechtJAMES horeca app in Utrecht

Although we are not forced to hire new employees for a while, it is wise to check how you can get staff once we can reopen. The shortage of staff has been a reason for many companies to close several times slots in the past year here in the Netherlands.

JAMES horeca, a platform for temporary staff with an app for hospitality employees, could help compensate for the current shortage. Thanks to their 360-degree approach, they find, train, and captivate employees who help the Dutch hospitality industry at events, restaurants, bars, and clubs. With the result of always having trained people on location, something in which they are distinctive and progressive.

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Chipotlane Digital Kitchen | First ‘’grey kitchen’’?

21-12-2021

  • Chipotle Digital KitchenChipotle Digital Kitchen
  • Chipotle Digital Kitchen
  • Chipotle Digital KitchenChipotle Digital Kitchen

The new format will exclusively fulfill digital orders for pick up or delivery. Chipotle Mexican Grill announced its first Chipotlane Digital Kitchen restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The new prototype offers a Chipotlane and walk-up window for efficient digital order pickup. Located in Ohio, the restaurant is scheduled to open later this month. Chipotle’s second digital-only restaurant prototype serves guests who order ahead on the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com, and marketplace partners.

With no dining room access for guests but with patio seating to enjoy their meals. Kind of a ‘grey kitchen’ instead of a ‘dark kitchen’?

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Trends we spotted | Week 50

20-12-2021

  • ‘Loco Gifts and Gear’ store by El Pollo Loco‘Loco Gifts and Gear’ store by El Pollo Loco

At horecatrends.com 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 winter coffees from all over the world, inspiration from Starbucks. And a “snowman pizza” made by Joe’s Rotisseria in New Jersey!

The first 1,600 Neder Bananas from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands were harvested at the end of November. Many atypical and sustainable products are made of them! Ever heard of ‘National Cookies Day’? We didn’t, but this day is celebrated on December 4th and Subway opened a ‘Cookieway’ pop-up store around this date.

The fast food chain ‘El Pollo Loco’ is launching a ‘Loco Gifts and Gear’ store in which they sell merchandise specially designed for them, such as a bicycle. And the UK’s cheapest champagne bar has opened, Aldi will sell its award-winning Veuve Monsigny champagne for just £2.33 a glass. And so nice: a ‘Santa sushi’, created by Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi out in Mount Dora, Florida.

Airbnb had a special Christmas promotion in the USA: 4 people could be guests for one night in the ‘Home Alone’ house! Including lots of details like the cheese pizza and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

In London you can enjoy the patisserie of the French chef Cedric Grolet in The Berkeley Café and when you are in London now you can enjoy a special ‘Borealis’ by the famous artist Dan Acher for 2 more days. Northern lights above London during the Winter Lights season, we would love to see that above Amsterdam as well!

 Uber Eats was the first to deliver meals to space on December 11! And have you heard of PappaRoti? They sell drinks and special coffee buns from Malaysia in more than 400 locations worldwide. Located in Brussels, among others.

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Couture Christmas tree in the Winter Garden 2021 of the Pulitzer Amsterdam

10-12-2021

  • Pulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan MortezapourPulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan Mortezapour
  • Pulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan MortezapourPulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan Mortezapour
  • Pulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan MortezapourPulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan Mortezapour
  • Pulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan MortezapourPulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan Mortezapour
  • Pulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan MortezapourPulitzer Winter Garden 2021 - credits Ashkan Mortezapour

This festive December month, hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam – located in 25 connected 17th and 18th century canal houses – has teamed up with renowned Danish fashion designer Claes Iversen to design a spectacular couture Christmas tree in their Winter Garden 2021. We have written about the idea behind the collaboration and now it turned out to be one of the largest outdoor Christmas trees in Amsterdam.

We think the design turned out really beautiful! We can completely imagine ourselves enjoying a warm drink in this Winter Garden at the Pulitzer Amsterdam, with dry weather and a thick coat or blanket of course. And if you take a walk through Amsterdam and enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival, it is of course a nice stop for a hot drink and to warm up under the covers and the heaters in this Winter Garden.

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24 Karat Gold Turkey | Thanksgiving at Empire Steak House

24-11-2021

  • 24 Karat Gold Turkey - Thanksgiving at Empire Steak House

Empire Steak House in New York will surprise their guests this holiday season with a unique dish, the 24 Karat Gold Turkey! A traditional dish with a fancy twist.

We’ve seen the gold wrap marketing stunt on a regularly basis, the food is always astronomical priced, but they’re also always picked up locally and internationally for some free publicity. Especially if there is also charity associated with it. Quite recently we saw the ‘Golden Boy‘ of ‘De Daltons’ in Voorthuizen in the Netherlands, who raised 5.000 euros. This amount has been donated to the local Food Bank. We also wrote about a marketing stunt by Bubbledogs in London who gave away 100 golden hot dogs as a Christmas present, and whoever got one also got a small bottle of champagne. Last summer Chipotle packed their burritos in gold foil every time the USA won a golden medal at the summer Olympic Games.

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