I attended a food industry discussion panel tonight, not as an industry professional but as a curious food blogger who works in the tech industry. The topic:
Cracking the Code on Millennial Dining.
Some takeaways were that, compared to older generations, millennials value:
Personal relationships over celebrity status
Newness over brand name cachet
Access over monetary gifts
Time over money
Customization over everything else
How have you seen millennial trends affect restaurant in your area? Positives? Negatives? In SF, we've seen an uptick in:
-"secret" everything: menu items, cocktails, rooms, entire clubs
-mix n' match dining: lounges attached to restaurants
-mix-use spaces: coffee bars that turn into restaurants that turn into clubs
-apps for everything: bill pay, bill split, reservations, "nearby and open"
Detailed post on the panel and a few more photos here: http://www.chezpei.com/2014/06/cracki...
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