The Corona Virus Pandemic has certainly bought the world to a standstill. With that in mind, any predictions we make are with great caution, and perhaps optimism, all the while remaining ready to adapt should circumstances dictate.
As can be expected, the F&B industries have been hugely affected throughout. Whilst trying to prioritise the health of the human race, how do you maintain your livelihood safely and effectively?
Most restaurants have increased their offerings to include new and exciting services. The focus is now more towards the quality of experience, unique menus and exceptional ambiance. Dining experience needs to be about so much more than just food! For example, we at Cassette, work tirelessly to bring art, music and the community together. We have made sure that customers not only get rich flavours, but also a piece of art served on every plate.
Plant based diets and immunity boosting dishes have been increasingly popular, as a way for people to reduce risk of future infections. We at Cassette have worked hard to create a world class sustainable restaurant menu. We strive to use organic ingredients sourced from local suppliers and purchasing fresh produce at its peak supply for our meals to be as delicious and nurturing as they can possibly be.
The creative culinary minds cease to amaze as fine dining alongside diner dining have had to shake up their services to remain relevant and attractive. What this means for patrons is that they finally have variety and accessibility that was previously unknown. Covid may have been the catalyst, but effects will last indefinitely.
Another positive to come out of this experience is the way the whole food and beverage industry has tried to support each other. This has created bonds and strengthening relationships between suppliers and restaurateurs. It means that the best ingredients are now in surplus supplies, and our chefs are positively licking their lips at the endless creative possibilities.
It is more important than ever to remember that food is there to be eaten. For Cassette, reducing food waste and redistributing surplus is a priority. Making food last for longer can aid social distancing by helping to reduce the need for getting supplies, which in turn also helps the environment.
It seems clear that future dining experiences are likely to still involve social distancing, masking, perhaps even continued temperature checks and the like, but we feel as though that will not deter nor take away from the joy of eating out. When Covid is hopefully history, we believe that people will be more appreciative and eager than ever for meals they have not cooked themselves!
We also hope that the way we have utilised technology to ensure the safe production and delivery of food will, and should, continue. A prime example is the use of QR codes to replace paper menus. Covid, may have been the stimulus, but it important to maintain and develop upon these changes to make the dining experience more relevant than ever.
We also believe that the new-found respect for community will lead to increased support of independent businesses. As a family founded enterprise, we have been overwhelmed by the championing spirits of our raving fans, and long may this continue.
As with all aspects of life, with dining there will be the BC and AC (Before Covid and After Covid) experience. The lessons we have learnt and the way we have had to adjust our practices will mean that from now on, eating out will be better than ever.
By: Haider Madani- Cassette Restaurant and Cafe
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