Trends we spotted | Week 16


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At 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, amongst others the first space hotel is only a few years away and a restaurant in Oakland protects its staff by a Management Alert Color System.

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Homeroom | Restaurant protects staff by color-coding harassment

Oakland-based restaurant Homeroom developed a three-stage Management Alert Color System (MACS) to deal with abusive behaviour from customers. The server can report bad behaviour from their table to their manager by simply saying ‘yellow’, ‘orange’ or ‘red’. After a particularly upsetting incident three years ago, the Homeroom staff got together to brainstorm solutions. They came up with a color-coded system that allows a server to tell her manager if a table is behaving badly simply by saying yellow, orange or red to indicate the level of harassment. The manager then handles it accordingly: In some cases by taking over the table. In rare instances the customer gets the boot. Managers and staff say the system has virtually eliminated serious issues with harassment.

The first space hotel is only a few years away

Orion Span’s Aurora Station plans to host its first zero gravity guests in 2022 for just $9.5 million. After a scheduled maiden voyage in 2021, Orion Span’s Aurora Station plans to open its pod bay doors to its first guests (up to six travellers at a time, including at least one professional astronaut) in 2022.

Tramezzini sushi roll with tofu

Great recipe at the website of Fine Dining Lovers for sushi roll without rice, vegan tramezzini sushi rolls! These rolls are prepared with a slice of bread filled with tofu and mixed vegetables.

The Standard Hotel is offering CBD-infused gummies in their mini bars

CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the active ingredients in cannabis. Lord Jones, an L.A.-based cannabis company, recently announced their partnership with Standard Hotels, a group of boutique hotels in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami Beach. “For the first time, CBD-infused products will be available to hotel guests inside their guest rooms,” Lord Jones posted on Instagram. Since April 10, guests in the hotels are able to indulge on CBD-infused gumdrops as well as the brand’s Pain & Wellness Formula body lotion.

Dutcch journalist starts innovating foodplatform

Journalist Maurice van der Spek has raised almost € 9,000 in donations to start an innovative online journalism platform ( With this platform Van der Spek wants to set up an interactive search into the European food industry. By interviewing ‘industry insiders’, Van der Spek wants to learn more about the impact of our food on people and the environment in the food chain. The online platform will contain his findings in the form of English articles and vlogs. His next goal is to raise € 60,000 with the help of a crowdfund campaign in 2018.

New York Pizza is the first to deliver a vegan pizza in Europe

Consumers in the Netherlands are able to order vegan pizza’s at New York Pizza since April 16. The vegan pizzas are available at any location. In order to make the pizza, New York Pizza collaborated with ProVeg, the largest representative of vegan food in Holland and De Vegetarische Slager (The Vegetarian Butcher). The pizza is topped with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, red onion, vegetarian shawarma and vegan garlic sauce. The vegetarian chicken shawarma was developed by De Vegetarische Slager especially for New York Pizza, to meet strict requirements and preparation times of the pizza chain.

Successful hotel startup CityHub is opening a second location in Rotterdam

CityHub opened its second Rotterdam location today, April 20, in in one of the most lively and atmospheric streets of the city. This is the first of four new European locations that will open over the next three years around Europe. With 126 futuristic sleeping units, a ‘digital first’ lobby and an app that guides travelers around the city, CityHub perfectly meets the needs of the travel savvy millennial to go on a voyage of discovery, socializing with locals and share their experiences directly online. Rotterdam is hot and happening and therefore a perfect place for a new location of CityHub, which received the ‘Best innovation hotel concept’ Award in 2016. The location in Rotterdam is the start of a worldwide roll out of this innovative hotel concept. We already wrote about the plans in 2012 and in 2015 about the opening of the location in Amsterdam.

Chefsrevolution 2018 line-up

The fourth edition of ‘Chefs (R) Evolution’, the Dutch Avantgarde Cuisine Festival, will take place on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 September in and around De Librije*** and Theater De Spiegel in Zwolle. Organized by Jonnie & Thérèse Boer and their team of Restaurant De Librije in collaboration with the team of Port Culinaire and Thomas & Carola Ruhl. Many international chefs will make their appearance during this culinary festival:

Jordi Roca***, El Celler de Can Roca, Spanje
Angel Léon***, Aponiente, Spanje
Mitsuharu Tsumura, Maido, Peru
Poul Ziska*, KOKS, Faroe Islands
Stefan Wiesner*, Rössli, Zwitserland
Paul Pairet***, Ultraviolet, China
Thomas Dorfer, Landhaus Bacher, Oostenrijk
Sebastian Frank**, Horváth in Berlijn
Micha Schäfer* & Billy Wagner, Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlijn
Andreas Rieger* & Ivo Ebert, Einsunternull in Berlijn

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