We live in a food-obsessed, body-obsessed culture. Depending on your individual health concerns you can most likely find a book, or a blog, and maybe even a restaurant that caters to your interests. The food service team in your hotel may find themselves trying to negotiate the various dietary needs of your guests who come from different places and lifestyles all over the world.
While it’s not possible to anticipate the needs of all of your future guests, there are a few diets that are worth preparing for.
Over the last decade, the number of people who are practicing a gluten-free diet has skyrocketed. Dietary lifestyles like Paleo and Keto have led to countless books, product lines, and even brick and mortar restaurants to serve the followers of this diet. While for some people, cutting gluten is an easy way to slim down, for others their sensitivity to gluten is so serious that a change in diet is necessary for their health. Either way, it is wise for chefs in the food service industry to prepare their menus with this diet in mind. One option is to purchase gluten-free bread for sandwiches and burgers while others may prefer to scratch the bread altogether and make all burgers available served over salad greens. With the popularity of this diet, it is wise not to alienate guests with these restrictions.
Vegan or Vegetarian
Some of the best chefs in the world these days are cooking vegan menus. People choose to become vegan these days for a number of different reasons ranging from health and environmental concerns, to the belief that it is not compassionate to eat other animals. Vegans, unlike vegetarians, do not consume any part of an animal or their byproducts. This includes milk, cheese, eggs, and, for very strict vegans, even honey.
Appealing to the vegan community will certainly open the doors to a much larger audience than you would have otherwise. And adding vegan items to your menu doesn’t require you to purchase expensive “meat-like” products, focus on fresh, organic veggies and dairy-free sauces. In many restaurants, vegans and vegetarians are limited to ordering a basic salad. By offering items that are hearty and filling, while also being vegan friendly, you’ll make a name for yourself as an inclusive establishment.
Most Americans consume far more refined sugar each year than is recommended by physicians, and this has lead to a crisis of people, young and old, who struggle with obesity and even diabetes. Adding low sugar options that are not highly processed is a matter of health for your guests. An easy, low sugar switch that your food service team can make is to prepare your sauces and dressings from scratch. So many processed dressings including high levels of sugar, so even if your guests skip the dessert cart they are eating more sugar than they intend to.
We'd never recommend chasing food trends, but making preparations to accommodate your health conscious guests is another great way that you can provide the best possible customer service for them. If your team remains prepared and flexible, you’re much more likely to please your guests and their individual dietary needs.
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