Pune; mostly known as the Oxford of the east is a home to many aspiring students. However, in recent years, apart from students many workaholics have also made Pune their living dream. As the IT culture crept in, many people who were in search for professional opportunities have made Pune their work town. As the population has increased, the rise of Tiffin system or industrial catering has also been phenomenal. From being an educational hub to the most influential work place, the city has been on the professional rise since industries added themselves. Depending on the demography and the taste of people from different areas, industrial caterers have provided different options that have indulged people to experiment with food and universal tastes. It’s a known fact that south Indian and North Indian dishes are so much omnipresent that people blindly enter any eatery and you get these two options in food anyhow. But, until recently Maharashtrian food has also entered the competition of making their mark. The factors might be many but the end result is people have adapted themselves to the workplace like their own, they most certainly have selected their food style as well.
To get a clear idea of the current food style in Pune, few trends have come up in focus-
Love for spices
Its a known fact that although Indian food might be universally considered as a blend of many different spices, still regional foods have had their unique styles. No two regional foods will be prepared in similar manner. Just like they say that language changes its course ever 20 kms, so does the cooking style. Even in Maharashtrian food you will find variety of making styles that just adds to the tanginess, crispiness and deliciousness of every dish.
When it comes to eating outside, everyone nowadays thinks about the pocket value that is going to be discharged. Eating everyday in some restaurant is definitely a big No-No considering the economical options. The use of raw materials used by any smallest restaurant also puts up the person into weird position after a course of time. This has indeed acted on people choosing to eat in dining hall, mess or caterers; All the more reasons for the rise of industrial caterers.
Flow of Hygiene
Most prominent reason why there is a difference in the home cooked food and outside food is the cleanliness. Every family has a mom who has extensive OCD for her kitchen. This very habit has made food healthier the one that is put on the table. But, you definitely cannot expect this loyalty from people you don’t know who are cooking. Caterers know the importance of hygiene and comply with the utmost measures in keeping their inventory clean and healthy.
Keeping up with what customers want
Time and again does it happen that people tend to get bored with the same tastes and same flavours? The key for any caterer is to know what their customers want. Industrial caterers are somewhere lagging behind in this regard. However there are somehow take extra effort in knowing what variety do their customers want and indulge in change of tastes periodically.