Culinary Tourism Trends: What’s In and Out

Eat With ; Hummus Brunch with Naama Shefi & Noam Bonnie ; Photo By: Eilon Paz

Make no mistake about it, culinary tourism is booming. It’s now a mature special interest category which brings with it higher expectations for novelty, creativity, and innovative offerings. Cooking and mixology classes, food and wine pairings, and food festivals seem so, well, yesterday. Here’s a look at what was and what’s now.

 

THEN NOW
Cooking classes Behind the scenes with the chef
Wine tastings Hot sauce or other specialty food tastings
Eating local Eating with locals in their homes or outside venues (e.g. mama cooks, eat with a local)
Group food tours Personalized dining itineraries based on food preferences, traveling configurations, budget
World’s Fair with Food Courts Food themed world’s fair (Milan Expo 2015)
Chef driven menus Crowd sourced menus
Dining as party Dining and conversation (“silence is the new luxury”)

 

And in the category of dining trends, it’s important to not leave out gluten free. Any major restaurant has to cater to the needs of gluten free diners. Not only is it expected, but the absence of sensitivity to these special needs loses business and also makes a statement about service.

It’s interesting that in two restaurant visits in Miami in the past 45 days, one to a multi million dollar upscale restaurant operated by an international group, there were only two items on a multi page menu for gluten free. I was with a group of 8 and the diner walked out. In another case, another high-end restaurant, the waiter and kitchen staff had obviously not been trained about this special needs group. Take note!

Photo courtesy of Travel and Leisure

 

5 Responses to “ Culinary Tourism Trends: What’s In and Out ”

Karen Escalera Says:

That’s a tough one. I suggest you ask the firm BaumWhiteman who also write about culinary trends (they’re a restaurant and food consulting firm) and maybe they’d have an idea. http://www.baumwhiteman.com/michaelbio.html. Good luck!

Tourismfanatic Says:

Thank you very much for your reply!

Kind regards

Tourismfanatic Says:

The company could not help me but I would like to know where you found the trends in culinary tourism. Could you please give me the website?

There is no other page with trends in culinary tourism so I would like to know where you found these.

Kind regards

Karen Escalera Says:

I came up with these based on my reading and background in following and reporting on trends. There was no single outside source.

Tourismfanatic Says:

Thank you very much for your reply.

It’s a pity you don’t have other outside sources for the trends in culinary tourism

Kind regards



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