Choosing the right menu for an event or corporate meeting is very important. In fact, we previously highlighted 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Caterer. However, to truly select the best menu you need to be aware of culinary trends, and according to BizBash, the following 6 foods will be big hits in 2016.

  1. Heat and Tang
    Spicy flavors mixed with tangy accents, such as rice vinegar, yuzu, tamarind, Meyer lemon, cranberry, and kumquats.
  2. Tropical Asian
    The flavors of Malaysia and the Philippines will become more popular. Examples include the traditional Filipino street food known as pinoy barbecue or a Malaysian spice paste made from chilies, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, tamarind, coriander, and turmeric.
  3. Blends with Benefits
    Healthy ingredients become more versatile when they’re paired with flavorful herbs and spices. Examples include chia seeds mixed with citrus, chilies, and garlic.
  4. Alternative “Pulse” Proteins
    “Pulses” refers to the dried seed of a legume, such as peas, lentils, and kidney beans.
  5. Ancestral flavors
    Menus in the coming months will be packed with traditional flavors such as amaranth, mescal, and ancient herbs like thyme, peppermint, lavender, and rosemary.
  6. Culinary-infused sips
    The techniques of pickling, roasting, and caramelizing will be incorporated into cocktails, such as a roasted peanut old-fashioned, a pickled watermelon shrub cocktail, and a peach and vanilla brûlée cocktail.

Learn more about BizBash’s 6 Flavor Trends for Food in 2016 by clicking here!