• Top 10 Dining Trends for 2015

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     

    Roll & Go Steak Sandwich 

    <p>Roll &amp; Go Steak Sandwich&nbsp;</p>
  • Top 10 Dining Trends for 2015

     
    FROM THE Summer 2015 ISSUE
     

    Back to the Future Meatloaf Sandwich

    <p>Back to the Future Meatloaf Sandwich</p>

When traveling for work or leisure, the culinary scene is a big part of the experience for many. Benchmark Hospitality’s executive chefs and culinary experts at the company’s 40 hotels, resorts and restaurants, including Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, identified dining trends for this year.

1. Small Plates – Served any time of day and through expo-style cooking, including show kitchens, action stations, EVO grilling and mobile kitchens, small plates get gobbled up.

2. Roll & Go – Bun-less creations that are rolled in plain or flavored tortillas instead of presented as traditional sandwiches are gaining favor.

3. Lose the Fat – Increased awareness of fat, as well as the emphasis on gluten free and vegan foods, has forever altered cooking styles. Instead of fat, chefs are changing to beer braising, cider poaching and quick pickling.

4. Back to the Future – Comeback items such as meatloaf, liver and onions, shepherd’s pie and pan-fried chicken. Classics like shrimp Louie and oysters Rockefeller are shoving chicken Caesar and spinach dip off the menu.

5. Grab-n-Go – Favorites for a quick meal or snack include wilted spinach, maple seared salmon brioche and golden jewel-grained edamame guacamole.

6. Raging Ramen – Once thought to be a food for cash-starved college students, ramen is now breaking into a “low end = high end” street food scenario.

7. Slow Ride, Cook it Easy – Many people are now on the slow food bandwagon at home. Restaurants are putting the process right into the dining room with charcuterie drying, cheese caves, vinegar barrels, etc.

8. Curacao Cocktails – As travel becomes second nature to nearly everyone, travelers want to relive their experiences. An Irish whiskey sampler brings Dublin home, while a Ghirardelli chocolate martini brings San Francisco to the backyard or terrace.

9. Tea Mixology – Create tantalizing flavors for simple teas from a variety of herbs and spices and then infusing. The use of rose hips, lavender and basil creates an aromatic scent and a soothing, calming beverage.

10. Branding the Chef – Bottling items, like a signature lemon curd ale and barbecue or chipotle bourbon sauces straight off the chef’s house menu, are replacing traditional store-bought items in customers’ pantries.

Our editorial advisory board sounds off about what’s happening in their sectors of the meetings and events world.

 

Breweries and beer lovers gathered to learn, network and enjoy Colorado’s craft beer scene.

 

Another great option for portable wine has hit the Colorado market: Molly’s Spirits’ canned sparkling rosé. It’s a great option for when glass isn’t allowed or an outdoor adventure is at hand. Molly’s Rosé Bubbles is crafted in Oregon and boasts aromas of fresh strawberries, candied ginger and rose petals with flavors of raspberry, papaya and honeydew. The wine is available in recyclable 375-milliliter aluminum cans, meaning just two cans is the equivalent of an entire bottle of wine. Available while supplies last.