Your house or mine
The entire population has gotten very used to, and largely comfortable with, the at-home dining experience. Pre-Covid, diners were already looking for more unique dine-in experiences, with 75% prepared to spend more to accommodate this. Post-Covid, the implications for this behaviour are huge. For a start, it propels the private dining chef into a potentially new world of mainstream market dinner party experiences. The traditional exclusive stomping ground of the private chef is set to expand to include the world of simple, tasty life-enhancement – cheaper by necessity, but with a marked increase in volume. This is reflected in a recent study we undertook, where 40% of chefs surveyed noted that they are “considering using private dining in the home as a potential revenue stream.”
The truth is, previously marginal areas of hospitality are opening up for any of us willing to take the plunge, offering up a world of culinary excitement that does not require the hefty cost and relative inflexibility of a static restaurant premises. The study further reveals a genuine undercurrent of hope with 77% of chefs surveyed saying that “Covid has made them feel more flexible in terms of further businesses they may own or work at in the future.
”In the United States in particular – always a crystal ball for new trends on this side of the pond – the food truck concept is growing exponentially. Traditionally aligned with live music festivals, budding restaurateurs and restaurants have been getting their offering mobile and bringing it to the neighbourhoods themselves. Not only has this been providing a valuable public service, but also a gourmet experience without breaching social distancing rules or travel restrictions. Such ideas have the effect of enhancing and building on the new community strength and togetherness that has emerged during Covid, and is set to stay after.