Since opening our business in 1987, we’ve seen a lot of catering trends come and go. Today, more and more people expect high quality food and exceptional service. They also want plenty of options. Sticking with current trends is crucial if you want your event to be a success. The following are the top current trends in catering as we head towards 2018:
Serving dishes that are specific to your event’s location provides out of town guests with a truly unique experience. Your local guests are sure to appreciate the local cuisine as well.
Choosing a caterer that uses locally sourced ingredients can take your event to the next level. Supporting local farms is good for your local economy and ensures the freshest ingredients possible. Boulevard Catering sources most of our produce from local farms.
The food you serve can make a big difference in how your guests remember your event. Foods that are very rich and high in fat and calories can leave your guests feeling sluggish and uncomfortable. Providing options that are healthy and light, yet flavorful and satisfying ensures your guests remain alert and happy throughout your entire event.
Choose high protein, low-fat meats such as turkey, chicken or salmon. Remember to offer vegan and gluten free options as well. Boulevard Catering offers a variety of healthy options. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.
Serving a selection of small plates and appetizers allows your guests to try a variety of dishes. This approach also reduces food waste and costs less than serving an entire meal. Small plates and appetizers are the perfect choice for lunch receptions and events that take place between meals.
Boulevard Catering offers catering services throughout Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. We offer a wide variety of menu options and are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. We offer a number of healthy, gluten free and vegan options. We use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Our catering services are available for special events, weddings, corporate events, parties and more. Please contact us for more information about our Northern Virginia catering services.
Did you know that September is National Food Safety Education Month?
As such, the Partnership for Food Safety Education; the US Department of Agriculture; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Food and Drug Administration; and the northern Virginia catering industry want consumers to know one thing: Just because you’ve “always done it” — that is, stored or prepared your food — one way doesn’t mean that it’s good, or even safe to continue doing so.
FACT: What feels cold to the human skin may very well not actually be cold enough to protect perishable foods. It’s important to use a thermometer to ensure that your refrigerator stays at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You might be surprised to learn that nearly half of all home refrigerators operate at temperatures above this level, placing your food and your health in the danger zone.
FACT: Many people believe that it’s too cold inside a properly cooled refrigerator for harmful bacteria to survive, but the truth is Listeria can grow at temperatures well below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, a recent study showed that your refrigerator’s produce compartment was one of the ‘germiest’ places in the kitchen, containing both Salmonella and Listeria.
Protect your food and your family:
FACT: Well, as we’ve already addressed: Bacteria are present, even in the refrigerator. Though cooler temperatures do slow the growth of bacteria, they will not stop their growth entirely. The best way you can avoid the infection of harmful bacteria is to follow the two-hour rule: Refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, cut fresh fruits and vegetables, and all cooked leftovers within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Cut that number in half if the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
FACT: At Boulevard Café Catering, we’re glad that so many of our corporate catering customers recognize the importance of washing fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking, but too few understand the benefits of blotting dry. Research has indicated that drying fruits and vegetables after rinsing only further reduces the likelihood of contamination.