When it comes to hosting a party, choosing food is probably at or near the top of your to-do list, next to selecting your event space. Many people forget that trends influence what Americans eat, and not just what they wear. Whether you will be hosting a corporate event, a cocktail party, or a wedding, here are some trends that foodies expect to reign during 2012:

 

Tasting Plates and Tiny Food

It’s easier for guests to mingle and network if they’re not stuck in their seats all night. Many party hosts are moving away from sit-down or buffet-style dinners, instead moving toward using “tasting plates.” These are trays that are carried to socializing guests throughout the party. One side effect of using tasting plates is smaller portions. “Soup sips,” skewers, and sushi are all examples of portable fare. This trend of smaller servings has also extended to dessert. Many entertainers are also serving miniature desserts such as cheesecake pops, tiny ice cream cones, and pudding shots.

 

Gluten-free Fare and the “Locavore” Effect

With more and more Americans opting for a gluten-free diet, your options for gluten-free foods are more varied than ever before. It’s likely that some of your party-goers will want gluten-free options, so it’s a good idea to keep a few on hand. The “locavore” effect describes the upswing in eating and buying locally grown food. It’s fresher and it helps support small businesses and farmers. The locavore effect also extends to craft beers and other beverages, which can add another layer of interest to your party fare.

 

Foreign Tastes and Varied Spices

Sushi, as mentioned earlier, is becoming a popular party dish thanks to its ease of distribution and exotic taste. Dishes inspired by Peruvian, Korean, and other out-of-the-ordinary foods are popping up at events with greater frequency. Cooks are also experimenting with foreign food staples like tacos in order to keep them fresh, fun, and tasty.

 

Whatever you decide to serve at your wedding, party, or corporate event, it is important to have an event space that is just as spectacular. The Glasshouses, a premiere event space in New York City’s up-and-coming Chelsea neighborhood, has two event spaces with breathtaking views. Call us today at 888-836-2911 and have your next event at The Glasshouses!