Food

Delta serving Pacific NW treats

delta northwest

Some may see it as yet another way Delta Air Lines is trying to outdo Seattle-based Alaska Airlines in the Seattle and west coast markets, but in this case passengers flying in the first class cabin will reap the benefits.

Starting this week on “select” flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Delta Airlines will be serving First Class cabin passengers salmon and other Northwest-based food favorites.

If you live in Seattle or have visited, you’ll recognize the names of these local suppliers and products:

Pike Place Chowder,
Pike Place Fish Market
The Pike Brewing Company’s XXXXX Stout Mustard,
Uli’s Famous Sausage,
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese,
Le Panier Bakery,
Pappardelle’s Pasta.

Menus using ingredients from these suppliers (i.e. Pappardelle’s lavender fettuccine with Pike Place Fish Market’s wild Alaskan coho salmon and Northwest Seafood Seasoningar) are being served to First Class passengers on flights from Seattle to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Delta said it plans to expand this line-up to other mainline lunch and dinner flights between 900 and 1,500 miles.

Go to BWI airport, eat chocolate

BWI_SPAGnVOLA storefront AIRMALL BWI

Like chocolate?

At Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport (Concourse A), Maryland gourmet chocolatier SPAGnVOLA now offers an array of handcrafted chocolate bars, bonbons and truffles made with cacao beans from a single-estate farm in the Dominican Republic that are roasted in Gaithersburg, Md. SPAGnVOLA was named one of the top 10 chocolate shops in the world by National Geographic.

 

 

Farm to Flight at Kelowna Int’l Airport

YLW Fram to flght

Here’s a tasty idea:

In British Columbia, Canada, Kelowna International Airport (YLW) teamed up with a local produce distributor for a Farm to Flight program, which makes various in-season fruits available for passenger to purchase in the airport’s Departures Lounge gift shop, which is past airport security screening.

The fruit is packed in specially packaged containers that fit under airplane seats, so travelers can bring home Okanagan fruit if they’re heading to a Canadian destination or, if they’re on their way to the U.S. – just snack on it on the plane.

YLW Farm to Flight

United starts pouring illy coffee on July 1.

United coffee art

You can stop saying “No, thank-you” when flight attendants on United Airlines flights come around offering coffee.

That’s because starting Friday, July 1, the carrier will start serving a specially chosen dark roast coffee from famed Italian coffee roaster illy on all flights.

“We acted on customer feedback and are delivering a product our employees are proud to serve, while bringing excellence and passion to every one of the 72 million cups of coffee we serve inflight every year,” said Jimmy Samartzis, United’s vice president of Food Services and United Clubs in a statement.

After merging with Continental Airlines, United had stopped serving Starbucks brand coffee in favor of the brand Continental had been serving. Customers noticed.

To fix that, United went all out – sending Illy coffee experts and caffeine-conscious employees into airports and onto flights to do taste testing and gather feedback on which coffee blend might be the best replacement – and the dark roast blend “won.”

United began serving the illy coffee in its United Club locations in December, 2015. Now that illy has had time to ramp up a special production line to make enough pillow-packs to supply United with the 50 tons of coffee it needs monthly, United passengers will be getting the better brew too.

United was really serious about this coffee switch and back in April, sent a team of key personnel to illy’s intensive University of Coffee at the Culinary Institute of America’s campus in St. Helena, Calif., where they learned about growing, roasting and preparing great coffee.

United team wiht their cups

I got to go along and wrote a piece for USA TODAY about the experience – and about United’s goals in making the switch.

You can read those stories here and here.

Coffee University_United's Jeffrey Pelch conducts taste test at illy University of Coffee in March 2016

Free meals for military at airports

Armed Forces

Between Memorial Day and Independence Day 2016, active and retired military personnel traveling through many of the nation’s airports may show a military ID when or ordering or at check-out and receive a free meal (an entree, salad, or appetizer and a non-alcoholic beverage), courtesy of the Treat of Troops program of airport retail and restaurant operator Paradies Lagardère.

Here’s the list of airport restaurants participating in this program:

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Sweet Auburn Market

Asheville Regional Airport – Blue Ridge Tavern

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Say Si Bon!, Washington Pour Bar, U Street Pub, Wow Bao and Magic Pan

Denver International Airport – Say Si Bon!, Magic Pan, Big Bowl and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Long Beach Airport – Long Beach Marché, The Boathouse and 4th Street Vine

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport – Jammin’ Java, Coastal Roast, Say Si Bon!, Smokewood American Grill and Core Brewing Co.