What does the catering industry do in the context of the COVID-19 virus? | Inspiration April 29


As noted last week, we here in the Netherlands are still in an ‘Intelligent Lockdown’ which means, we’re all working from home if possible, restaurants, cafés, hair salons, schools etcetera are closed. But we can take a walk outside and shop for food and even at shops, hardware stores and garden centers. Which means that our gardens are beautiful and everything is fixed at our homes ?.

As from May 11 our primary schools will re-open and also our daycare facilities, which means a big relief for parents working from home and teaching their children…. At this moment we’re working towards lowering the casualties of Covid-19 at the intensive care units. The next moment will be May 20 at which we hope our government will slowly restart our economy. In the meantime some hotels start to reopen in the Netherlands (they weren’t closed this period but most just didn’t have guests and closed voluntarily). They serve dinner and breakfast in their restaurants and hotel rooms, for hotel guests only! In the meantime we keep spotting all kind of inspiration worldwide around the hospitality industry.

With links this week to articles about DIY pizza kits by Blaze Pizza and a virus killing countertop robot, created by UVRoboclean. They try to fund through Kickstarter.

A great idea by Chick-fil-A, they sell their sauces separately! What sauce could your restaurant sell? It might even be a good idea to sell it through a local supermarket!

Ramadan has become a less social event for all Muslims, no prayers in the Mosque and no big family dinners after sundown. Fatafeat is inviting families to help create their very own ‘home of Arabic cooking’ this Ramadan. And a collaboration between Instagram & ChowNow, they created an order food sticker or button at Instagram.

A great wine label for Quarantine Wine, created by winery Nocking Point, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. IKEA UK shares their meatball recipe and Red Robin offers a ‘Build-Your-Own’ wing bar for home delivery!

the OG Cannabis Cafe in West Hollywood in California has re-opened as the world’s first cannabis and food drive-thru.

Stay healthy and take care of each other! ^Team Horecatrends

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Blaze Pizza | DIY pizza kits

We used to like the idea that at some Italian restaurants you can buy pizza dough to make them at home. The dough is the most important and most difficult ingredient to create your own pizza. More and more people spend time at home during the he COVID-19 pandemic which is why Blaze Pizza DIY Pizza Kits have been created by the brand, to bring fun in the kitchen. The kits are available in individual and family size options and it includes the dough and seven toppings. Check out their image at their Facebook page.

The world’s first virus killing countertop robot

UV-C cleaning is the easiest and most efficient way of killing viruses, germs, bacteria, mold spores, and allergy-inducing microorganisms. A breakthrough idea was putting this technology on wheels so it can automatically clean the dirtiest surfaces in for example hotel rooms and hospitals.  We also wrote about Cleansebot last year, this bacteria killing robot was aimed at beds in hotel rooms.

UVRoboclean destroys 99.98% of viruses and bacteria without using harmful chemicals and pollutants. Inspired by nature a disinfecting power of ultra-violet light has been applied and encased in a durable and compact plastic shell. More at the Kickstarter link in the title.

Chick-fil-A Inc | Get more of the sauce you love

Great idea to start selling popular sauces in containers! Spotted at the Instagram page of Chick-fil-A, a fast food chain with more than 2.500 restaurants in the USA and Canada. Their Sauce containers are available to purchase at their local restaurants or through the Chick-fil-A® App.

Collaboration between Instagram & ChowNow | Order Food sticker or button at Instagram

As of this month, restaurants can add an ‘order food’ sticker or button at their Instagram page, which diners can click to immediately order that meal from food delivery platform ChowNow. The goal of the offering is to help restaurants survive the pandemic, boost order volume, and inform customers that they’re still open for business. ChowNow does not take a commission on diners’ orders; instead, it charges a fee for restaurants to access its platform. More at the website of Trendwatching, link in the title.

Ramadan at home with Fatafeat

Enjoy ‘Ramadan at home with Fatafeat‘, daily throughout Ramadan on Fatafeat (beIN channel 351) and YouTube.

Ramadan has become a less social event for all Muslims, no prayers in the Mosque and no big family dinners after sundown. Fatafeat is inviting families to help create their very own ‘home of Arabic cooking’ this Ramadan, with the launch of specially crafted programmes encouraging home cooking and home celebration. Experience ‘Ramadan at home with Fatafeat’ with brand-new seasons of Ramadan favourites such as Matbakh Manal Alalem, Shu Biyheb Al Orf and Bil Afya Maa Hayat.

Quarantine Wine by winery Nocking Point, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

A Covid-19 relief effort by Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and the winery Nocking Point. Quarantine Wine is a 2018 Pinot Noir made by winemaker Sarah Cabot of Battle Creek Vineyards. The label of the wine is left blank to customize your message for a virtual happy hour. 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Quarantine Wine will be split between four charities that support COVID-19 relief efforts, including Give Directly, Direct Relief, the Frontline Responders Fund, and America’s Food Fund.

Great idea for wineries in Europe? And which celebrity would you choose to work with?

IKEA UK shares their meatball recipe

They’ve created a recipe to recreate their meatball dish in the comfort of your own home. IKEA is sharing their meatball recipe, what recipe could you share from your chef?

Red Robin offers a ‘Build-Your-Own’ wing bar for home delivery

Red Robin Catering is offering a massive box of wings that you can order for the family, that comes with their own sauces, dips, and sides. Each Big Red Box of Gourmet Wings & Sides come with 50 juicy bone-in chicken wings. A ‘Wing Bar’ with your choice of sauces and the build-your-own box includes the chain’s signature Buzzard Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, and Whiskey River BBQ.

Check out the image at Foodbeast how it’s delivered! What kind of bar could you deliver to your guests?

The first cannabis and food drive-thru

America’s first ever cannabis cafe opened in West Hollywood, California last year. It was regarded then as a hope for a new norm where cannabis can be consumed in a restaurant setting. OG Cannabis Cafe has had to recalibrate its operations since the Covid-19 pandemic and shelter in place orders have turned the restaurant world upside down. The cafe had to close since it was deemed a restaurant and not a dispensary of Marijuana. But after working with the city of West Hollywood to find a safe way to continue operating, the OG Cannabis Cafe will now be re-opening as the world’s first cannabis and food drive-thru.

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