4 Menu Tips for Feeding Teens

By Kelsey Ogletree, October 18, 2017

Figuring out what and how to serve thousands of teens at a time is no small task. Their preferences change as often as their moods, but Tracy Stuckrath of Thrive! Meetings & Events says these suggestions are universally pleasing.

Bowled Over

Serving food in bowls is one of the biggest trends of 2017. Teens are eating it up—and not only in the form of cereal. Bowls are a creative way for teens to create their own healthier meals— everything from acai bowls to burrito bowls, Buddha bowls to ramen bowls and breakfast bowls to quinoa and yakitori bowls.

Organic, Sustainable and Local

According to the Organic Trade Association, 52 percent of organic buyers are millennials. And organic sales have almost tripled in the past decade thanks to this generation (and their younger counterparts) seeking foods that are natural, preservative- and additive-free, and overall good for their body and mind. Work with your chef to incorporate as many local and organic items as possible.

Create Community With Meals

Food has always brought people together, from engaging all the senses, creating conversation and sharing a meal. This group is no different; in fact, they love to talk about their food and share it. Make the food—and the experience that comes with it—worthy of sharing on Instagram so they can establish a sense of community with each other at your event.


One in 13 children under the age of 18 has food allergies, and they are at your events. Be sure to ask in the registration form if they have allergies, and label all food with the allergens each contains. Ask those with allergies if they are carrying epinephrine, and create a buddy system for each person to help keep them safe.

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