Airport food

Food fest at Chicago’s airports

O’Hare International Airport’s second-annual Ticket to Taste takes place next week – on January 24, 2017 – and free tickets are available now.

The event takes place post-security in Terminal 5, but is open to anyone who nabs one of the tickets and show up between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m for entertainment, cooking demonstrations and discounted meals.

There’s even free parking

Participating restaurants include Hub 51, R.J. Grunts Burgers & Fries and The Goddess and Grocer along with Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless and Tocco.

Details on getting tickets O’Hare’s Ticket to Taste are available here.

Can’t make it on the 24th? Don’t worry.

Ticket to Taste is the kick-off event for the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Airport Restaurant Week, which runs from January 27 through February 9 at both O’Hare and Midway airports and coincides with Chicago Restaurant Week.

Airport Restaurant Week includes live cooking demonstrations from airport chefs, celebrity guest chefs, and college student chefs as well as free samplings and discounts on special selections at 150 airport food establishments.

For schedules and more details about sampling schedules and specially-discounted meals during Restaurant Week at O’Hare and Midway click here.

Yum!

Souvenir Sunday: coffee from 1st airport Starbucks

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One thing air travelers need is coffee.

And many airports have Starbucks coffee shops where weary fliers can grab an espresso drink between flights.

Where – and when – did that trend start?

You guessed it: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where HMSHost and Starbucks Coffee Company just celebrated the 25th anniversary of not only the first airport Starbucks, but the first Starbucks licensed location, which opened in 1991.

 

 

 

 

Salad-dispensing vending machine at O’Hare Airport

The week is not yet over, but we’ll have to declare this fresh salad-dispensing vending machine spotted at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as the Airport Amenity of the Week.

Farmer’s Fridge¬† – found on the F Concourse (by a shoe shine stand) – is filled with jars of fresh salads, tofu and other toppings and a variety of healthy snack items – each packaged in a clear jar that can be seen behind the machine’s window.

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Salads cost about $8 each and – nice touch – there’s a little door for returning empty jars for re-use.

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Winning paella at O’Hare Airport

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There was a cooking competition at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport a while back and one of the prizes was having the winning dish featured on the menu at one of the HMS Host restaurants in the airport.

That dish is now ready – so next time you pass through ORD,you can stop by Goose Island Brewery and order the Paella Bowl, based on the winning recipe Sepi Naficy whipped up for the 2016 Channel Your Inner Chef contest.

Your plate won’t be as big as the one in the picture above, which was used to give travelers passing through ORD last week a taste, but it will have grilled chicken and shrimp with spring peas served over chorizo-infused rice.