The economic and human toll COVID-19 has caused is devastating. As a society, we have resolve and will rebound from this devastating situation. As we look into the future, how will this impact how we live? Will our spending habits change? Will our social engagement improve? Will we cook more at home or dine out more? Some of my initial thoughts . . .
- We will see a baby boom in 9-10 months. After all, you can only play Monopoly so many times, you can only post so many times on Instagram and Facebook and you can only clean your cabinets so many times, so what is left to do. . . .
- People will be spend less on non-essentials and thrift store shopping will increase. So many of my friends and colleagues have mentioned that they are using this time to clean and purge. Many have also commented on finding clothes and other items with their price tags sill on them. Two things will come out this - we will spend less, thinking about all the unused, new items we have and people will find value in going to the thrift store finding these "new" items with the price tag still on them.
- People will be uber vigilant on health and sanitation. The days of getting a "B" or less on your health department inspection and staying in business will be gone. And the restaurants that understand that contactless is not a fad, but the future will succeed. It could be as simple as a contactless bathroom - from entering to leaving, you touch nothing.
- Restaurants will have to adapt their model as people will continue to cook at home and dine out less. Is the Grocerant the wave of the future?
How do you see this shaping our future?
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As we enter a new decade, industry experts and chefs have predicted so many trends for 2020. Here are a few trends that I predict for 2020.
Health & Fitness - 2020 will be a year we focus on food as an integral part of our lifestyle. There will be an emphasis on not only healthy food, but food that nourishes the mind and soul.
Our Impact on the Environment - our planet is in distress, and I foresee restauranteurs and chefs taking notice. As an industry we will continue to look for alternatives to plastics and polystyrenes and to sourcing food locally from producers who understand their impact on the environment and society. However in 2020 - we will see bigger changes - an industry that reduces waste significantly, an industry that reduces its consumption of energy and water, and an industry that looks at every product they are using and the impact these products have on the environment.
Vegetables and more Vegetables - menus will be more plant-based, with a greater use of vegetables and a focus on the connection between our food and the impact on our body, mind and soul.
More Conversation at the Table - restaurants will offer more communal tables and offer family-style offerings - thus encouraging interaction and conversation at the table.
"Dry 2020" - the "dry" trend will carry beyond January. Restauranteurs and bartenders will focus on more "dry" spirits - creating amazing "cocktails" that can be enjoyed all day. (And hopefully create a better name than "Mocktails!")
What trends to you predict for restaurants in 2020?
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Gen Z is on the cusp of being our industry's major consumer with about 80 million members. According to a recent NRA Show panel, this generation will demand the non-negotiables:
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