The divining rods of the food and drink gods have determined that this year’s trend include an influx of
non-American flavor profiles and stunningly vibrant, neon drinks infused with floral flavors.
2018 marks a shift in food culture for many Orlando food catering companies.
Most of the 2018 trends will require a specialized caterer as these include ethnic dishes and plant-based
appetizers: two things popular among the growing Millennial class.
Hotpot jerk chicken and rice
o Hotpots are trendy. Millennials are often associated with being overworked, so the
utility of a cooker that allows you to leave for hours on end and come back to a delicious
meal are all the rave. This Jamaican-inspired dish will require a specialty caterer, but it
will be well worth the money at catered graduation party or housewarming event.
o Floral flavors are very popular in 2018. This blushing beauty adds a pop of color to your
catered cookout or single-plate style event. Ask for edible flowers for garnish.
Curried lentil and coconut soup
o This speaks to the explosion of plant-based food: a staple among Millenial consumers.
As an alternative to the rice often found in curry dishes, this lentil and curried coconut
milk will not make your guests miss the carb-filled flavors of rice.
Stuffed rice balls
o This appetizer is perfect finger food. Referred to as onigiri in Japan, these zesty rice balls
are stuffed with ginger chicken and vinegar plums.
o Flavors of Africa are on the upward trend. From West Africa to East Africa, the continent
is getting a lot of spotlight in 2018. This dish combines the complex flavor profile of
Tanzanian mishkaki meat skewers with the American pastime of cooking over a charcoal
grill. You can choose the type of meat. Make sure your catered has the berbere spice
blend for authentic flavor.
o Quick, handheld treats are growing increasingly popular in 2018. This Chinese dish
consists of a stewed meat like pork sandwiched between a flat steamed bread;
essentially, a Chinese taco. This is a perfect appetizer to serve at your latest get