Trends we spotted | Week 29
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 a cake ATM in the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino and the posthumous film ‘Roadrunner’ about the life of Anthony Bourdain that has been shown in theaters nationwide since July 16 before heading to streaming on HBO Max and CNN.
Comfort food in a cone, Van Leeuwen ice cream and Kraft debut ‘mac and cheese’-flavored ice cream, inspiration for other ice cream parlors? And in Paris the Dream Factory will create immersive cinema, with as credo, ‘stop watching, start living’!
Board game Monopoly will come to life in a brand new immersive show launching in London on 14 August 2021, at Monopoly Lifesized. And we will get a ‘Fabrique des Lumières’ in Amsterdam, this new digital art center will open its doors in April 2022.
Just Salad introduced the Zero Foodprint Salad to support regenerative agriculture and Yard Bar in Austin is also a dog park, our ‘office friend’, dog Jimmy, would love to play there!
The first branch of fast food chain Chick&Cheez opened in Liège, serving original recipes fried chicken and sauces based on cheese. A new challenger on the fast food market in Belgium. And from 2024 the French startup Midnight Trains will start offering ‘hotel rooms on rails’ to travel by night from Paris to different European cities. Comfortable and a more sustainable way of travelling within Europe.
Deliverect launches their ‘Hidden Gems’ contest to support small and midsize restaurants, find out how you can participate.
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A cake ATM at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas generated a lot of interest on TikTok. Food Beast (link in the title) spotted it on the channel of @izzy_serious. Check out her post on Instagram about the vending machine, that dispenses six kinds of cakes, chocolate, red velvet, rainbow, americana, carrot, and chocolate rainbow. (text continues below the Instagram post)
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The posthumous release has been shown in theaters nationwide since July 16 before heading to streaming on HBO Max and CNN. As a refresher, the new documentary—which has been called an “act of therapy” in early reviews—will give an intimate look into the “uncommon life of the late storyteller, explorer, and chef, Anthony Bourdain” with footage of both Anthony himself and some of food industry professionals discussing their experiences with him.
Comfort food in a cone – A limited-edition macaroni and cheese-flavored ice cream will hit freezers nationwide this week, Brooklyn-based ice cream maker Van Leeuwen and Kraft Heinz announced last week.
Inspiration for all ice cream parlors: why don’t you work together with local business to create exceptional, limited edition flavours! It might give you some free publicity.
Stop watching, Start living! This is the credo of the French Dream Factory. They’re going to create the situation that guests can experience movies in a new way. More than 2500m² of decorations reproduced to create a real life experience in which guests can interact freely with the characters in the film, and watch the action unfold all around them. The spectacle will be held from November 2021 till February 2022, events from 19.00 till 0.00. They got their project financed with crowdsourcing the entrance fee by 250% at Kiss Kiss Bank Bank.
Board game Monopoly will come to life in a brand new immersive show launching in London on the 14th of August 2021. Monopoly Lifesized is an immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand played on a 15m x 15m lifesized Monopoly board! Compete in one of a kind challenges for your chance to buy properties. Experience the thrill of trying to stage a heist in Mayfair, competing against a clock to build some of London’s iconic buildings, solving a baffling murder mystery or stepping into the world of codebreakers. Win the challenge. Buy the property. Own it all.
Monopoly Lifesized is teased as a “new, participatory gameplay attraction bringing together the best of the iconic board game, escape rooms and team challenge”. Tickets are on sale now at their website, link in the title. Check out the video, text continues below the video.
Last week we wrote an article about the Illuminarium Experiences in Atlanta and that reminded us about the great experience we had at L’Atelier des Lumières in Paris. But it seems we’re getting a Fabrique des Lumières at the Westergas terrain in Amsterdam as well, this new digital art center will open its doors in April 2022.
Culturespaces, the European creator and operator of the acclaimed ‘Atelier des Lumières’ in Paris, in collaboration with Westergas, announces the opening of a new digital art center on the Westergasterrain in Amsterdam. The opening of the Fabrique des Lumières – which will showcase light projections by classical and modern artists – is scheduled for April 2022. With the opening, Westergas is building on its vision: to make the Westergasterrain a Culture Village with an open character that is attractive to all ages. Recently they opened a ‘Infinity des Lumières’ in Dubai and they have several location all over the world, check it out in the Amsterdam press release, link in the title.
Fast-casual chain Just Salad introduced the Zero Foodprint Salad. Including ingredients like red cabbage, wheat berries, grape tomatoes, mint and vegan feta, the new salad was created to directly support regenerative agriculture, with 15% of sales directed to Zero Foodprint, which provides grants to farmers switching to regenerative farming, through methods like cover cropping, managed grazing, and composting. Regenerative agriculture can reduce carbon emissions, restore the soil, and make for a more resilient food system.
As we have our beloved labradoodle Jimmy who is kind of the mascot of our office, we would love to visit a bar like this one! We always wonder why there aren’t more parks in the world where you and your dog can have a great time! And like all the cat cafés, we think a bar like Yard Bar in Austin might also attract people that love dogs but don’t own one. Great idea to leave your house, not asking your dog if he or she wants to go out but instead if he or she wants to drink a pint with you!
the first branch of fast food chain Chick&Cheez opened in Liège, serving original recipes of fried chicken and sauces based on cheese. It’s developed by QSRP, the Belgo-Luxembourg-based fast food specialist that operates Burger King, Quick, O’Tacos, NordSee and Go! Fish in seven European countries. This ambitious newcomer on the busy market of chicken restaurants wants 38 Belgian branches by 2024 and plans a roll-out to France. More at the website of Retail Detail Belgium, link in the title.
Midnight Trains | As of 2024 we can take a ‘hotel room on rails’ to travel from Paris to other European cities
The hotel room offers comfort and a sustainable way to travel. Midnight Trains will try to entice people to take a sleeper train instead of a plane. The hub of this French startup will be in Paris with planned destinations like: Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Rome, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Edinburgh. For short weekends in those cities it might be a relaxed way of travelling! A private cabin with high-quality bedding and bathrooms, meals and the next morning you arrive at your destination. It will even save you a hotel stay, or you could stay a couple of nights longer! 😉 It made us think of Cabin in the USA, offering a hotel on wheels between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More in the article at Trendwatching, link in the title.
Deliverect, a scale-up that connects Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Doordash, Just Eat Takeaway.com and more delivery companies directly to restaurants’ POS systems, has launched its “Hidden Gems” contest today to support the global restaurant industry.
Following a year that saw a food delivery boom in response to the pandemic, Deliverect is continuing to support the restaurants we all know and love by welcoming its SMB customers to submit their online ordering “hidden gem” menu item. The winner will receive €50,000 plus 1-year’s free Deliverect services, and an additional €50,000 will be divided and awarded to runner-ups, special categories, and honourable mention entries.
To participate in the contest, Deliverect SMB restaurants can upload a photo of their hidden gem to the contest voting site, along with a description of the dish. The deadline is the 22nd of August and voting will be open to the public from the 21st of July – 5th of September.