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Food Trends

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Catering Food Trends

In the world of event catering, things will never change. The golden ideals of professionalism and efficiency will always be in style. Yet other things seem to change almost daily, altering the face of the industry. In my experience, while each guest’s preferences are a little different, there are always patterns to the way things are changing. These are some of my personal observations on some of the trends in food catering.

Healthier Foods, Bolder Flavours

In the past, it was thought that the best way to get good flavour was to increase the fat content. Butter reigned supreme, as heavy sauces covered many dishes, and fried foods were common as it was an easy way to make flavourful foods for large groups of people. In today’s world of health consciousness, we are taking a step back from the fat, and looking to other sources for our flavours. Ethnic flavours are big, ranging from the bold spices of Thai chilli’s to the sweet and savoury flavours of the Mediterranean.

Smaller Portions, Bigger Variety

As more and more bold flavours are being introduced to the catering world, guests are becoming eager to try them all. In response to this, individual portions of each dish are becoming smaller. Whereas in the past a guest would be able to choose a single item off of the menu, and have to stick with that, today it is becoming popular to perhaps try two or three smaller items, to take full advantage of the variety available. Whether picking from a passing tray finger foods, or sneaking a bite of their neighbour’s tart, guests are looking to get the most from their catering company experience.

Fewer Choices, Better Selections

While fewer choices may seem to run counter to bigger variety, in truth it’s all about maximising flavour combinations. Providing fewer choices on the menu means that the host and the caterer can work together to make sure that what is on the menu is something truly outstanding. Focusing in on these better selections means having time to work towards getting the perfect combinations of foods and spices to provide for the host’s needs, whatever they may be.

Themed Stations

Of course, while the flavour of the food is important, so is the presentation. A large part of that presentation is in how you organise the food. Perhaps you want foods grouped together based on visual cues, pulling out the reds or the greens. Maybe you want the foods grouped around different ethnic styles, with decorations to pull out that identity at each station where they’re located. Caterers are moving away from the ordinary buffet lines of the past and favouring unique new ways of displaying their foods.

Of course these aren’t the only food trends in the catering industry. Nor does it have much bearing on what any individual host might want for their get together. What is most important is always that the guests get the experience that they’re looking for, and that won’t ever change.

Lemon Tart Recipe

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I have an admission to make. While meats and veggies can fill the stomach, and even do it well, I don’t consider a meal to be completed until I’ve had my taste of dessert.

In the realm of desserts I have my preferences. Nothing tops a good cake or tart, and my favourite would be a nice lemon tart. The balance of the lemon’s sour flavour, and the sweetness of sugar coming together with the delicate tart case. Yum.

Here’s the recipe that I’ve used most often. It’s fairly simple with absolutely wonderful results. Just make certain to remember that the tart needs to refrigerate overnight, so if you’re entertaining guests it will need to be prepared in advance.

Ingredients (serves 6)

* 185g Marie or Nice biscuits, processed to fine crumbs
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 90g butter, melted
* pure icing sugar, to serve

Lemon curd

* 3 lemons
* 4 eggs
* 1 cup caster sugar
* 125g butter, chopped

Method

1. Lightly grease a 2cm-deep, 24cm (base) loose-based round flan pan. Combine the biscuit crumbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and melted butter in a bowl, and mix well. Press the mixture into the base and sides of prepared pan. Refrigerate the crust for 1 hour.
2. Make the lemon curd: Finely zest the rind of 1 lemon and juice all of the lemons. Set the lemon juice aside. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a heatproof bowl until they are well combined. Add the lemon rind zest and 2/3 cup of the lemon juice, whisking the mixture constantly until it is well combined. Place the whole bowl over a saucepan of simmering water without allowing the base of the bowl to touch the water. Let it cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is thick and custard-like. Do not allow it to boil. Remove from heat and whisk in the chopped butter.
3. Pour the lemon curd into the chilled tart case. Cover it with some plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Dust the tart with icing sugar and serve.

Of course, for parties and events there is so much more to consider than just the desserts. If you would rather let the experts take care of your cakes and tarts for your next event, Diamond Blue Catering has you covered.

Spit Roast Catering for the Perfect Summer Function

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Spit Roast Catering For The Perfect Summer Function In Melbourne

As the winter fades away no time is better for getting together with family and friends, and nothing makes a summer party sizzle like spit roast catering. The smells and flavours of freshly roasted meats is an uniquely Australian experience that can’t be beat. We all know Australians love their spit roasts! Whether outdoors or indoors, there’s no denying that a spit roast makes a function better!

As a catering company known for their spit roasts, the summer months are a very busy time for us. Nothing could be more ideal for an informal gathering. From weddings and anniversaries, Buck’s and Hen’s Nights, birthday parties or graduations and more, spit roast catering meets all of your catering needs. A spit roast from Diamond Blue Catering comes complete with everything you need to have your perfect summer party, including all the needed crockery and cutlery. The best part is we take care of the washing up! The only thing you have to worry about is making sure you have the space to finish all the amazingly mouth watering food we make available!

Whether you choose our succulent pork with applesauce, our flavourful beef with mustard and horseradish, or one of our other freshly roasted meats, you won’t be walking away hungry. Of course, while the meats have centre stage, their accompaniments aren’t to be scoffed at either. Jacket potatoes and your choice of salad make this a meal not to be missed.

The meal itself can be delivered ready to eat, or can be cooked on site allowing you and your guests to watch the roasting process, providing entertainment as well as quality food.

At Diamond Blue Catering, food catering is more than just our business. It’s our passion. That’s why you can be certain that we will meet all your catering needs. Our meats are of the finest quality, cooked to perfection with all the accompaniments to make your party a true success.

For full details of our spit roast catering service, please call Todd on (03)9778 8783 / 0404067554.