The Bitten Food Conversation Proves That Tabletop Matters


This past Friday, the Little M Tucker team had the pleasure of attending the first annual Bitten Conference — a day-long food conversation covering everything from restaurant technology to the latest food trends, innovative food startups to the art behind hospitality.

Icons and pioneers including Bill Yosses, Peter Meehan, Benzi Ronen, and Ben Leventhal spoke about the state of the industry and the importance of understanding the decisions we make about food.

One common thread amongst many conversations was the importance of aesthetics as they relate to the overall restaurant experience. Tabletop matters — objects matter — and the way the guest interacts with what’s on the table not only starts a meal off on the right foot, but enhances it as each course is presented. Emilie Baltz, a food artist and technologist, spoke about how people experience the world through each of the five senses. She encouraged the audience to think about how small changes in one’s perception of sight or touch can be revolutionary — e.g., “what if, while dining at a restaurant, your table was alive?” This is a perspective we at Little M share, and a question we ask ourselves every day. This idea drives our passion for bringing our clients the most unique products out there to support a guest experience that is incredibly special and memorable.

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Not surprisingly, advancements in technology as they relate to food dominated much of the conversation. Over the last five years, social media has propelled chefs and restaurateurs to a star status. While those in the industry always idolized the thought leaders and artists of the food world, this sentiment has become so easily accessible that it is now naturally shared not only by members of the inner food circle, but by just about anyone who appreciates dining out. Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, the duo behind the Instagram sensation Infatuation, spoke about putting the restaurant story in the hands of its diners through photographs. NY Times photographer Daniel Krieger admitted his audience has not only grown, but become more diverse thanks to his following on these outlets. The wider the net is cast, the wider the appreciation is of our beloved industry — but also, the stronger the spotlight burns. We live in a world driven by information at our fingertips, where people are making decisions about what to do and where to eat based on what the conversation is online. To stay relevant and own that conversation, restaurants need to fight now more than ever to have a distinctive presence—to not only be a part of the wave of new media, but to lead it.

Take control of your table, and take control of the conversation. Little M Tucker is here to help. Contact us today for a consultation.

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