Increase Your Score in 2024
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
1w ago
Tips for upping your social media game like a pro By Mark Sorenson, CEO of Social High Rise Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for influencing guest behavior. In 2024, if your business isn’t killing it on social media, you’re falling behind—it’s as simple as that. This is more than just showing off your dishes. It’s about using social media smartly to grab your customers’ attention and sway their dining decisions. Consider this: A whopping 78% of what people decide to eat is influenced by social media. So, getting your social media game on point isn’t just nice—it’s essential. Your mo ..read more
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Datassential Releases 2024 Food Trends Report
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
1M ago
Leading food-and-beverage market research firm Datassential has released findings from its annual trend report, covering predictions for 2024. According to its research, 63% of consumers say they are optimistic about the year ahead. Datassential’s 2024 Food Trends report A major food trend identified by the report is “European 2.0.” According to Datassential, a new generation of chefs is rethinking classic European cuisines, such as Italian, French and Greek. Social media is influencing this trend, as well as travel: “As consumers head to the U.K., Italy, France, and Spain on post-COVID vacati ..read more
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Feasts for the Senses
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
1M ago
Caterers are revving up their food station creativity, presenting guests with sweet, savory and satisfying options that look as good as they taste By Sara Perez Webber At the Italian Pasta Cone station by Bite Catering Couture in Los Angeles, chefs prepare spaghetti to order and serve it in easy-to-hold cones. Guests attending catered events these days are likely to find food and drink that’s right up their alley. After all, caterers are coming up with ever-more creative stations where diners can customize dishes to their liking. And not only do these stations feature a variety of flavors but ..read more
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The Enduring Allure of Mexican
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
2M ago
Restaurants and caterers who specialize in this popular cuisine find success with traditional recipes and quality ingredients By Sara Perez Webber A third of U.S. adults rank Mexican food as their favorite cuisine. Whether they’re craving quesadillas, longing for elote or pining for pozole, consumers’ appetite for Mexican cuisine shows no signs of abating. According to market research firm CivicScience, a third of U.S. adults name Mexican food as their favorite cuisine—and it’s the top choice for those under age 55. Meeting the demand are more than 80,000 Mexican restaurants across the country ..read more
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How to Market Your Venue on Instagram
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
2M ago
Six proven ways to attract business through social media By Liese Gardner Professional photography will show off your venue to its best advantage, such as this stunning image of the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., with exclusive catering by Ridgewells. As your potential clients begin to plan a wedding or significant event, one of their first tasks will be securing a venue. This can be a big boost to caterers with preferred or exclusive status at a popular venue. In fact, being affiliated with an in-demand venue is so beneficial that some caterers—such as Best Impressions in Charlotte, N ..read more
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Foods That Score
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
3M ago
The concessions served at live events are winning fans of their own By Sara Perez Webber The post Foods That Score first appeared on Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine ..read more
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New England Restaurant & Bar Show Takes Place in Boston in February
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
3M ago
New England Restaurant & Bar Show The Massachusetts Restaurant Association and Exposition Development Company, Inc. are gearing up for the New England Restaurant & Bar Show (formerly New England Food Show), which will take place February 4-5, 2024, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. New England Restaurant & Bar Show is the region’s largest B to B event for restaurant, bar and foodservice professionals. The latest products, services and technologies will be showcased for the industry, along with a comprehensive and leading-edge program of educ ..read more
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Division 1 Colleges Partner with Proof of the Pudding to Drive Revenue and Elevate F&B Offerings
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by CFE Editor
3M ago
A footlong country sausage and fixings served at Mississippi State’s concessions Atlanta-based Proof of the Pudding, a leader in foodservice management and catering for sports and entertainment arenas and college stadiums, continues to partner with Division 1 colleges, helping them to drive premium revenue and elevate food and beverage offerings. The company currently serves eight Division 1 colleges. Proof partnered with its first D1, the University of Georgia, in 2003, and Wake Forest University is its most recent win. “For many years, stadium foods’ sole purpose was to feed the masses. It w ..read more
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Tech Solution
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by CFE Editor
3M ago
Adopting QR technologyAdopting QR Order & Pay can help struggling restaurants rebound By Eric Seymour, vice president of channel programs at me&u USA Despite record sales in 2023, the restaurant industry remains fragmented. While takeout, delivery, drive-through and curbside sales are above pre-pandemic levels, according to the National Restaurant Association, on-site restaurant traffic lags. Furthermore, the cost of essential operational products and services has continued to rise. In 2022, 88% of restaurant operators reported higher food and beverage costs compared to 2019, while 94 ..read more
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Specialty Success
Catering, Foodservice & Events Magazine
by Sara Perez Webber
4M ago
How planners and caterers who specialize in niche and destination weddings help clients celebrate the weddings of their dreams By Sara Perez Webber When couples decide they want a certain kind of wedding, they often turn to the experts—planners and caterers who specialize. These professionals know how to turn the dreams of their clients into reality. CFE touched base with four such gurus—whose specialties include eco-friendly, South Asian and destination weddings—to learn more about their businesses and how they’re filling an in-demand niche. A Florida Keys wedding planned by Keith Willard Eve ..read more
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