Trends we spotted | Week 6
At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, among other links to articles about the culinary development in the East of Europe according to Michelin and would you eat squirrel? Furthermore, a link to an exhibition about manhole covers in Tokyo and a new platform foodies should definitely check out, maned Njomly! And London has the first underground farm, the Growing Underground! By the way would you like to eat a polenta dish right from the table?
Cheeseburger Dumplings | 2019, the year of the crossovers?
Leonie van Spronsen, lives and works in New York and enjoys new concepts that she spots in the hospitality industry. In this blog she argues for more crossovers in the hospitality industry and gives an example, the cheeseburger dumplings created by Mimi Chengs & Emily. In addition, she thinks that hospitality entrepreneurs should contact friends from within the industry to see what they could create together. Might be a great opportunity to generate more publicity and buzz for your business! She loves to hear (and taste) what you’ve created!
The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station | Pop-up restaurant in a national park in New Zealand
Sometimes you just want to be somewhere else when hearing stories or seeing pictures from others. For example, right now we would love to be in New Zealand to enjoy the summer and the nature but also to try the food at The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station. Our former colleague Nynke Bijstra currently works at the pop-up restaurant and has sent some pictures. Here you will experience pure and unique ‘fine dining’ under the stars of Blue Duck Station. The pop-up restaurant is located on the highest point of the station and offers an amazing view over the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks. The pop-up restaurant already opened its doors on the 11th of January and closes on the 9th of March 2019. Coming winter (in New Zealand) a restaurant will be built on the exact same location which will open its doors summer 2020. If you are by any chance in New Zealand before the 9th of March or in the summer 2020, you could choose to enjoy a 10 course dinner by chef Jack Cashmore at this spot. He worked at different restaurants in Europe, like for example restaurant ‘In de Wulf’ in Belgium. It must be a unique experience, a 10 course dinner at The Chef’s Table at Blue Duck Station!
Lowlander Beer | Christmas tree to table
Some Christmas trees in the Netherlands will end up in beer! From 2 January, the botanical brewer has collected unwanted Christmas trees from Dutch consumers, bars and restaurants to transform them into bottles of its 2019 Winter IPA. Chief Botanical Officer Frederik Kampman: “Every December, about 2.5 million real trees bring Christmas spirit into our homes. By New Year, most of these end up in the chipper, on bonfires or piled at the roadside. We have found another use for them: in beer.”
Supermarket Iceland | Shopping on ice
Supermarket Iceland launched world’s first instore ice rink, Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Lidl or any other Dutch supermarket, we want to do our shopping on ice as well in the Netherlands! Although not really practical, it’s great fun and we all promise to do the groceries for all our (grand)parents. Great idea and one we publish to start our Holiday Season!
Spaghetti Incident | Spaghetti in a cone
A cozy 35-seat authentic Italian hub called Spaghetti Incident opened its doors in the Lower East Side on May 26, 2015. Their name, borrowed from the Guns N’ Roses 1993 album, reflects their curious concept: to only serve long pasta that can be enjoyed not only in a dish, but also in a cone, to-go. They got the idea to serve spaghetti in a cone from the past back in the 1950’s it was served in a cone as kind of streetfood avant la lettre! We’re wondering whether it would work, walking around and eating spaghetti from a cone. Although we can imagine that the cone makes it easier to twirl the spaghetti around your fork and if you bring the cone to your mouth, it might even work!
The Flyingtable | Creating extra space
The Flyingtable is one of the nominees of the Horecava Innovation Award 2019 in the category; Concepts, Interior & Design. The table can be attached to every pole, tree or column and can also be removed again without damaging the objects! The nomination confirms that the Flyingtable can be an added value for restaurants, bar, food trucks, hotels and catering establishments.
Starbucks | Masters in local holiday beverages
The holidays have arrived at Starbucks around the world, with flavors that have come to define the season. Some inspiration from Starbucks unique drinks for the 2018 holiday season from Japan, China, Latin America and many more countries. Do you know for example what’s on the Christmas menu of Starbucks in Europe? Well we spotted many, many drinks but it seems that these are the most popular: The Toffee Not Crunch Latte, The Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte and The Salted Caramel Brownie Hot Chocolate!
Casa Velas | Holy Guacamole, time for Guacamania!
Do you love guacamole? Casa Velas in Mexico, an adults-only boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, has been organizing Guacamania, a tribute to the green fruit, twice throughout the year 2018. Guacamania at the hotel means special avocado-focused menus, avocado-themed spa treatments, a dedicated guacamologist and many more! The Guacamania festival took place in March as well as September (in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day). Lots of millennials reading this blog might hope Guacamania returns in 2019! Inspiration for all the hotels which focus on millennials as guests, why doesn’t your restaurant have a guacamologist?
Flip Sigi | Special dish: Sinigang Cup Noodles
Flip Sigi is a ‘Filipino Taqueria’ with several locations in New York. The restaurant is a modern take on Filipino cuisine specialized in tacos, burritos, rice bowls, burgers and bao buns. Jordan Andino is the chef and owner, who recently created a temporary special new dish: Sinigang Cup Noodles. A combination of Nissin Cup Noodles and a traditional tangy sinigang soup topped-off with a few crispy fries.