Trends we spotted | Week 5
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 Valentine’s Day inspiration! Like the Taylor Swift breakup bar in Chicago and who’s serving the first heart-shaped croissant for Valentine’s Day? We spotted a lot of heart-shaped pizzas like at Pizza restaurant Toni Loco in Amsterdam and donuts like the Ispahan donut at ROLADIN Bakery & Café.
The ‘I Said Yes’ Valentine’s Day Contest at Cracker Barrel will award five lucky couples who ‘pop the question’. And a great classic location to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam: THE DUCHESS.
At STARR restaurants, Le Coucou (NYC), The Love and Talula’s Garden (Philly) guests will receive a special gift at the end of their meal, a necklace and more! It inspired us with the idea to give a lock after dinner that guest can hang at the entrance of your romantic restaurant?
We also spotted a special Valentine’s Day dinner at fast food chain White Castle or as called on Valentine’s Day, Love Castle. The even have Love Castle merchandise! And at IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar in Amsterdam you can enjoy special cocktails and desserts for your Valentine’s Diner.
Skydeck Chicago, the breathtaking observation deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, has launched its annual Valentine’s Day social media contest, ‘Love on The Ledge’. And speaking of high altitudes: check out the Valentine’s Day deal at MR PORTER in Amsterdam! They serve a love themed Baked Alaska.
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Taylor Swift breakup bar opens for Valentine’s Day in Chicago
The events company Bucket Listers is putting on Bad Blood: a Taylor themed Break-Up Bar, an homage to Swift’s 2014 song ‘Bad Blood’. The pop-up will run between January 27 till February 26, ensuring that everyone has a place to hang out during what it calls the ‘Anti Valentine’s Day Season’. More details in the article at Food & Wine, link in the title.
Square, round croissants | Why haven’t we spotted a heart-shaped croissant yet?
In our trends we spotted week 2 we wrote about the square croissant of the Le Deli Robuchon in London, in another publication we spotted the Royales, a round croissant by restaurant Fallow in London (check out Instagram post below). This week we also spotted a great collaboration between Dominique Ansel Workshop and chef Eric Sze from restaurant 886. Restaurant 886 (Taiwan’s telephone country code) opened in 2018 and is a concept from Sze and Andy Chuang that aim to fuse their Taiwanese upbringing with American modernization. The team-up is centered around a French-Style Shao Bing Pork Belly Sandwich (the sandwich looks like another form of croissant) and Peanut Mi Jiang Latte set inspired by a traditional Taiwanese breakfast. More details in the article at Hype Beast and check out the embedded Instagram post below.
Who’s going to serve the first heart-shaped croissant for Valentine’s Day?
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THE DUCHESS in Amsterdam | Celebrating Valentine’s Day at a dream location
One of the most romantic hotspots in Amsterdam is guaranteed to be THE DUCHESS. With its benevolent décor and an ambiance you could only dream of, this is the perfect location to spend Valentine’s Day. Here, the well-known Chocolate Explosion is transformed into the ‘Love Edition’, where edible themed decorations emerge after nitrogen is added. To top off the visit, order the ‘Heart on Fire’ cocktail to go with it. THE DUCHESS is open for dinner on 14 February.
The ‘I Said Yes’ Valentine’s Day Contest at Cracker Barrel will award five lucky couples who ‘pop the question’
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store came up with the ”I Said ‘Yes’ Campaign for Valentine’s Day this year. Couples who are ready to ‘pop the question’ can come down to this iconic restaurant anywhere across the USA to pop the question and win free Cracker Barrel for a year.
The couples that popped the question in a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store can post their video at cracker barrel and include their own reason why they chose this special restaurant to ‘pop the question’. Plus, whether popping the question or not, surprise the one you want to show care to the most this Valentine’s Day with a visit to a Cracker Barrel near you and receive free dessert to share with your plus one. The campaign will run from February 10-14. More details in the article at prnewswire, link in the title.
A complete night out at IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar in Amsterdam
It doesn’t really matter who you are takning to IZAKAYA, you just know it’s going to be a vibrant evening. To add some extra juice, the restaurant has created a cocktail and dessert especially for this Valentine’s Day, which you can share with your company and which is served completely in the Valentine’s Day love theme.
LAGOS and STARR Restaurants come together to surprise and delight guests with LAGOS love this Valentine’s Day
Dinner guests at STARR’s restaurants, Le Coucou (NYC), The Love and Talula’s Garden (Philadelphia), will receive a special gift at the end of their meal on the 14th of February. Each couple will be presented with an envelope that offers a complimentary glass of champagne, a complimentary dessert, a lovely proverb, or a beautiful sterling silver and 18K gold LAGOS necklace from the brand’s Beloved collection. More details about this deal in the press release, link in the title.
It inspired us with the idea to give a lock after dinner that guest can hang at the entrance of your romantic restaurant?
Special Valentine’s Day dinner at White Castle or as called on Valentine’s Day | Love Castle
On Feb. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m., participating White Castle restaurants once again will transform their dining rooms into fine dining establishments with hostess seating, tableside service and festive holiday décor. Reservations are required! “Valentine’s Day is the day when White Castle becomes Love Castle, and we can’t wait to celebrate it in person in 2023,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle. Check out their press release, link in the title. The fast food chain White Castle even has their own Love Castle themed merchandise!
As said with the croissants article above: we see a lot of heart-shaped foods during this time of the year. The pizza’s and donuts are spotted every year but we even spotted heart-shaped nuggets of love this year. Check out the press release of Tyson, link in the title.
Here in Amsterdam you can eat a heart-shaped pizza at pizza restaurant Toni Loco on the international day of love! You can order this Valentine’s pizza with all the trimmings on the menu and it can be delivered as well. Even as a surprise! And also in Amsterdam at the ROLADIN Bakery & Café you can order the Ispahan Donut, served in the colours and taste of love!
Love on The Ledge in Chicago
Skydeck Chicago, the breathtaking observation deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, has launched its annual Valentine’s Day social media contest, ‘Love on The Ledge’. The special event gives daring couples the opportunity to either renew their vows or tie the knot in a private, romantic ceremony on glass shaped boxes The Ledge, 1,353 feet above Chicago.
To enter the contest, couples were invited to submit a photo or video entry to the sweepstakes form linked on Skydeck’s Facebook or Instagram page from January 4 – 25, 2023, sharing their love story and why they wish to experience Love on The Ledge. On January 27, 2023, four couples were selected as winners of a private vow renewal or wedding ceremony on the nation’s highest observation deck to take place on February 12, 2023, the Sunday before Valentine’s Day.
We love the idea and inspiring for those hotels and restaurants who have a special spot as well! If done right it will gain attention for your wedding spot as well.
Romance at a high altitude at MR PORTER in Amsterdam
Romance at high altitude in the city can be found upstairs at the steakhouse MR PORTER. You don’t have to arrive with an original date at MR PORTER, as the venue does all the work for you. With good company, a nice glass of wine and dishes you can’t get enough of, it’s the perfect setting for February 14. This is where their love variation of a Baked Alaska will be served between February 11 and 14.