We know that only a few weeks ago we spoke about our excitement regarding the start of spring. But let’s be honest, we will probably enjoy the warm weather for a week or so before we start to complain about the impending heat. Us humans are very difficult to please.
Sooner or later, you will probably find yourself at at least one outdoor even during the dog days of summer where your only concern is how to keep yourself hydrated. The line at the bar is too long to refresh yourself, so you head over to the food section. A cold soup catches your eye and you’re relieved to finally get some respite and regeneration. That is, until you take a sip and realize that it’s not chill at all, but lukewarm and unappetizing. You do your best not to spit it out and inconspicuously place the cup down and walk away. You slowly slump back over to the bar line, where you hold your head down in defeat.
These days, part of the fun of eating something is photographing it so you can show it off later to your friends and Instagram followers. I have spent hours looking through my own social media feeds, getting hungrier as the minutes fly by because I am mainly concerned with the culinary affairs of the world. Some of my favorites include: Food52, Bon Appetit, Joy the Baker and The Kitchn.
We can all let out a collective sigh of relief now that winter is behind us, and welcome spring
with open arms. With the change of seasons comes warmer weather, longer evenings and the ability to host dinners, gatherings and parties just for the heck of it.
Spring time also signifies a change in food choices. The majority of the population is no longer hibernating while trying to generate body heat the best they can. Bright flavors and colors start to reappear on menus and we start to have fun with our food again.
“Chicken, fish or beef?”
When is the last time you were asked this question at a wedding or catered affair? Today, events featuring strolling chef stations, main course meals made up of multiple small plates and trendy bite-size portions, and interactive food stations have become much more interesting than the traditional sit-down main course meal.
Photo Credit: Steve Steinhardt on Inspired By This via Loverly
The mini-food catering trend began years ago and is still going strong according to caterers and event planners. People get more excited by the idea of offering their guests small tastings of all of their favorite foods rather than having to choose one main course. With a “main course” meal being made up of 5 or 6 different plates, chefs today have more opportunity to create interesting and out-of-the-ordinary menus rather than focusing on making sure guests leave with a full belly.