In Fort Worth, Texas barbecue from the legendary Eddie JR.’s BBQ and fajitas from Abuelo’s will never go out of style. But that doesn’t mean the city isn’t embracing new trends. The Fort Worth restaurant scene is growing quickly, as Eater points out. There are more options, and more and more of Fort Worth catering isn’t just following trends. They are leading the way on blending familiar ingredients with fresh new ideas, embracing variety, and adding new twists on comfort food.
There’s always some comfort in the familiar. But just because a dish is a classic, doesn’t mean it can’t be reimagined for a flavor kick. Chefs throughout the Fort Worth restaurant scene are trying out old favorites with new twists.
Even in Fort Worth, where steak seems to always be popular, there is a movement in Fort Worth catering towards including more variety on the table. That includes vegetables and options for those with dietary concerns.
“People are newly aware of dietary restrictions and are more conscious about their catering selections,” says Fernandes. “Most times, our customers make sure salad and veggies are available for people looking for alternatives.”
Bakker is seeing interest in updated side dishes such as roasted turmeric cauliflower and green beans with fennel and orange sauce. Next time you’re planning a catered meal, think of these as stand-alone dishes or as accompaniments for ham or turkey.
As the season shifts and the weather gets cooler, heartier fare is making its way back onto Fort Worth catering menus. Traditional dishes are getting an update with fresh, somewhat unexpected ingredients. Bakker is seeing a pop of orders for mashed potatoes with gravy and bread pudding. “I add a little smoked gouda to the potatoes. It is a little different without being too unusual,” she says.
Fernandes confirms that the trend in the Fort Worth restaurant and catering scene is moving back to more comfort foods. “Everyone wants to feel comfortable and cozy,” she says. “Good ol’ pot roast is always coming out as a number one seller,” she adds. “It’s cooked low and slow with lots of love and seasoned with carrot and red onion, it is a classic staple.”
While barbecue and Tex Mex favorites like fajitas are always popular, Fort Worth catering is embracing the latest trends. Even Brussels sprouts are making a comeback. “They are newly popular for parties,” says Fernandes.
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