The start of the colder weather can only mean one thing: the long-awaited launch of our brand-new Autumn/Winter menu! Featuring some of our favourite winter food trends, our new menu is a call-back to some of our favourite comfort foods.
As the clocks go back and the evenings draw longer, we begin to eat differently. Gone from our plates are the light salads of summer, as diners search for something hearty, filling and satisfying in warming soups and slow-cooked feasts.
Our 10 years’ experience in catering for events means we know which trends to look out for with the change of seasons. However, food trends can be fickle and short-lived; anyone remember the internet’s love affair with rainbow bagels? Focusing on a few key changes keeps our food current, without losing our focus on culinary excellence and impeccable standards.
TREND 1: COMFORT FOOD
The Autumnal season is intrinsically connected to cravings for cosy, warming foods. Beige is back in a big way this time of year and we couldn’t be more excited to pile our plates with hefty braises, pies, and restorative soups.
Good food is our go-to antidote for colder, darker days and our autumn/winter menu serves up just that.
Starting with starters, we’re diving into a pool of our Chestnut & Potato gnocchi, designed to envisage an autumnal forest floor. Or pique your tastebuds on something seasonal with our warming Pumpkin & Chilli pannacotta, adorned with an oozing Stilton bombe.
Comfort comes in droves from our Slow-cooked Beef Fillet, reminiscent of warm nights in front of roaring fires. For a lighter option, there’s the Breast of Guinea Fowl served alongside celeriac puree and caramelised apple.
We’ve gone comfort on our desserts too. Sink into the melting Black Forest Fondant pot or indulge in the warming Apple and Sultana Strudel. Both using seasonal ingredients for the ultimate Autumnal hit.
TREND 2: NOSTALGIA WITH A TWIST
The wintery weather also causes us to search for nostalgia in our food, with winter food recreating dishes to reminisce on good times past. During October, November, and December we see more and more recipe staples on our plates.
We’re bringing back one of our most loved starters for this season, with a few upgrades of course. The buttery Butternut Veloute with Pumpkin Tortelloni is back! Plus, we have our play on the classic ploughman’s with the Smoked Ham Hock Terrine.
Continuing the theme, the Chicken and Mustard pie is nostalgia defined. Served with a corn-fed chicken breast, buttered savoy cabbage, pickled walnuts, macerated cranberries, and a mulled wine jus. This dish captures the perfect Sunday roast feeling.
We’re finishing things off our Red wine & spiced forest berries pavlova, a wintery upgrade to a classic summer dessert. Served with whipped orange clotted cream and mandarin sorbet, we’re bringing a Christmas twist to upgrade one of our favorite lighter desserts.
TREND 3: SUSTAINABLE OPTIONS
2019 has been the year of sustainability. From plastic bans to meatless Mondays, the attitude towards meat is changing drastically in the UK. Currently, more than 20% of under 35s have tried veganism and 25% of evening meals are now meat-free.
Focus on sustainable food sources have also grown in popularity, with drives for restaurants and caterers to source their ingredients from local, sustainable suppliers. Switches from plastic to paper in cutlery and disposable dishes in an effort to reduce single-use plastics.
At AlchemyLive, we source our ingredients locally from suppliers as close as Borough Market to ensure a sustainable food chain. We also source our meats from local farmers within 50 miles of London to reduce C02 emissions from travel.
To cater to the growing demand for vegetarian, flexitarian and vegan options, we develop bespoke vegan menus. As well as this, we create a full free-from menu for clients to choose from, with all options covering a wide variety of special diets.
TREND 4: WINTER FOODIE THEATRE
Another trend we’re seeing for autumn/winter event food is the rise of foodie theatre. Whether it’s the most instagrammable dishes on offer or fully immersive food theatrics, the amount of drama is scalable to your needs and budget.
Food is often seen as one of the most vital parts of an evening, so why not make it your entertainment as well? Food stations are a great way to elevate the standard of your event catering and make it a talking point for the evening. From the excitement of live cooking demonstration to the interest of destination-specific cuisine, there is a huge array of options.
However, the boom of Instagram means that even a simple sit-down meal needs to have some added drama. One way to do this is to incorporate height, like our three-dimensional Chocolate and Raspberry parfait. Alternatively, using dramatic, edible garnishes like spun sugar can elevate your dish. Our delightfully autumnal baked red apple tart demonstrates this amazing effect, making it a great talking point for guests.
To serve these delicious menus at your next event get in touch with a member of the team today.