With the restaurant industry and the continued fascination with food trucks as a leading indicator, those seeking event and business catering in Phoenix have begun opting for trends that lean towards more casual, simple offerings. The days of fine dining are fading quickly in favor of barbeque, soul food, and gourmet pizza catering, and we at Sardella’s Pizza and Wings have taken note.
As wedding and graduation season approaches we will discuss some up-and-coming catering trends in AZ:
The Food Truck Experience – This millennial lead trend turns a meal into a social experience. Food trucks typically offer portable dishes which in-turn encourages social interaction within larger groups, a transition from the traditional plated sit-down meal which confines diners to their tables. A bonus of the food truck catering trend is that it comes with a mobile kitchen, opening up venue options that may not come with commercial food prep facilities.
Carbs Make a Comeback: Starchy sides are standing alone as a satisfying meal, rather than a simple side dish. From pasta bowls and mashed potato bars to flatbreads and pizzas, caters report that carb-based dishes continue to be bestsellers and crowd favorites. Additionally, pasta based dishes provide affordable options for you and tasty vegetarian options for your guests. Sardella’s offers the finest pizza and Italian food catering options in the Valley!
Meat Eaters: As many diners avoid red meat, chicken is quickly carving out market share. Rotisserie, roasted, or fried and covered in hot sauce, chefs are getting fancy with chicken in 2014. One of our favorites, parmesan chicken, is always a hit with our business catering Phoenix clients!
Going Gluten-Free – Business caterers in Phoenix are adjusting many of their recipes to account for those on gluten-free diets. At Sardella’s Pizza and Wings in addition to 90% of our restaurant menu items available gluten free, we will work with you to ensure the dietary restrictions of your guests are met to the best of our abilities.
Sweet on Nostalgia – As trendy as desserts can be, chocolate remains a bestseller at any type of event. Favorite childhood desserts, such as s’mores, chocolate chip cookies, milkshakes, and brownies, are making a comeback.
Catering trends in AZ will always be evolving and tastes and preferences change, but if there is one thing that will remain the same it is the quality and consistency provided by the caterers at Sardella’s Pizza and Wings!