One food trend that is still flying under the RADAR is the use of nitrogen to make custom order ice cream. Standalone shops have been popping up around the country, but nitrogen is about to get moving. Portable systems are showing up at weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. Not only do guests get to enjoy a delicious, custom ice cream, nitrogen-made foods have a lot of flair as the evaporation process creates harmless, but remarkable puffs of white “steam”. Ask your caterer for help locating a company that offers nitrogen-made foods.
Nitrogen is a naturally-occurring element; it’s as common as air. When concentrated, nitrogen can immediately freeze food. Nitrogen ice cream chefs use nitrogen to turn liquid cream into hard ice cream. Then, the ice cream chefs can add in flavors like coffee as well as treats like cookies or chips.
Nitrogen ice cream stations are just part of the overall trend of food stations at weddings and corporate events. Instead of guests simply sitting at one table all night, the hosts offer a range of foods, each prepared at different stations around the perimeter of the seating area. Pasta stations, carved meat, and sundae stations are just a few of the stations you can offer your guests.
The trend is not as expensive as you might expect. Because guests are mostly serving themselves, you don’t have to hire a full set of servers for the meal. Instead your caterer offers a limited number of chefs — each at a station — plus basic support staff to set up, maintain, and clean up. Guests usually walk away happier because they are able to pace their eating and be more selective of what they eat.
Of course, the more custom the options, the more expensive. A nitrogen ice cream station will cost significantly more than a standard ice cream shoppe. Review the options for your event with your caterer and create a custom experience for your guests.