2020 hasn’t exactly been the year we all expected. With the novel coronavirus keeping us locked inside during these summer days, it feels as if this year has been wasted away. But fortunately, within the past few weeks, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

With New Jersey beginning to ease restrictions and slowly allowing people to return to event venues, now is a perfect time to catch up with the few trends set in this year for the catering industry. Although it feels as if these trends were cut short, you shouldn’t be surprised to see them back on the rise once governments lift restrictions more thoroughly.

Catering isn’t all just about the glitz and glamour. Let’s take a look into a few of the most popular catering trends for 2020 and what you should expect going forward. Do you have more ideas for our list? Give us a shout on social!

Where are Catering Services Heading in 2020?

Plant-based options

It’s no secret how vegetarian and vegan trends have swooped in and stolen the limelight in recent years. For both health and sustainability reasons, plant-based options have become seemingly mandatory for catering services in 2020. Providing options for both vegans and meat-eaters is crucial to the success of catering a large event. We all know the saying, “one size fits all.” When it comes to catering, let’s just say this well-known phrase does NOT apply.

2020 is a year of change, and that has been reflected in our diets. Take your catering services over the top by including plant-based options that accompany traditional samplers. The best of both worlds!

Going Dairy-free

Right along with the plant-based mentality is the idea of going dairy-free. With so many different milk forms hitting the market, don’t feel obligated to just pick one. Almond milk and coconut milk both offer incredible health attributes while maintaining a dairy-free recipe.

Here at Cupa Cubana, we always provide various milk options for our mobile coffee bars because we know how vital this can be for those who are vegan or lactose intolerant. Don’t leave your guests hanging – keep dairy-free options at the top of the menu!

No Set Schedule

With all the craziness occurring in our day-to-day lives, expect a similar feeling to be reflected in catering trends. The traditional idea of having lunch from 12:30 – 2:00 doesn’t have the same ring to it anymore. By giving your guests an option to “graze” the food stations, things become a lot more flexible and comfortable for your guests.

So many restrictions have been in place for the past months, why trigger your attendees with the same feelings? To finish off our 2020 catering trends, make sure you give everyone the choice of when and where they would like to eat.

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