Art of Food exhibit at MSP Int’l Airport

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A new exhibit at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is all about the foods and branded edible items that hail from Minnesota and show up on plates around the world.


Some of the Minnesota-based brands in the exhibit include General Mills Inc.
Land O Lakes Inc, Hormel Foods, RyKrisp and Summit Brewing Company and, in addition to food items, the exhibit includes reels of vintage commercials and their familiar jingles.

The exhibit opened at the end of April and will run through November 15, 2016 in the art gallery near Gate 12.

So far, “the response has been amazing,” said Robyne Robinson, Arts & Culture Director of the MSP Airport Foundation, “It strikes a chord with travelers – They burst into the Spam song from the 1970’s Monty Python sketch, or playfully spar over which cereal was best – Cheerios or Lucky Charms.”

MSP food bottles

msp food guy snap

Photos courtesy MSP Airport and and the Minnesota Historical Society

Help fund a film about airline food

Singapore food testing

If you’ve ever been curious about the food offered to passengers on planes, you may be interested in throwing in a few bucks to help out the folks over at inflightfeed, who not only love eating and reviewing airplane food, they’re got a Kickstarter campaign going to fund a film on the topic.

Their goal: $74,049.

So far, just over $2000 has been raised. But they’re early in the process and, well, who wouldn’t want to see what inflightfeed founder Nikos Loukas describe as “a very cool airline food documentary around the globe about Qantas, Air France, Turkish, Cathay, Air Baltic plus quite a few more airlines.”

The project sounds tasty: “We will have wine tastings, food tastings, and first class cabin mock up experiences,” said Loukas.

As Kickstarter projects go, there’s a long list of perks being offered for folks who pledge at various levels, including the opportunity to be a taste tester on the set.


What to do if you’re stuck at the airport

Pittsburgh Airport clearing snow

After canceling thousands of flights over the weekend due to a giant blizzard, airlines will attempt to get passengers back in the air and to their destinations on Monday.

But more than 1,300 flights are canceled across the country today and a lot of people will likely find themselves without canceled flights, but still stuck at the airport.

Here are two things to do if you’re left at the gate with time on your hands.

1. Explore.


Lots of airports have art exhibits displaying the work of national or local artists. Some have full-blown aviation museums (SFO & MKE), and many have an exhibit case or two filled with tidbits of local history. San Francisco International Airport has both an aviation museum and an exhibit program that mounts 20 exhibits around the airport at any one time.

Right now the SFO Museum has exhibits about football, vintage purses and Toy Story.

Aliens - Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios

Aliens – Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios

2. Eat

Wow Bao - a new Asian cuisine option in Terminal 5 at ORD_photo Harriet Baskas

While you weren’t paying attention, airports across the country have upped their game when it comes to food. Take a walk, inspect all the menus and take yourself out for a nice meal.

And if you’re lucky enough to be stuck in Chicago at O’Hare or Midway Airports, keep in mind that both airports are celebrating Airport Restaurant Week through February 2.

October is Airport Restaurant Month

Airport restaurant month

HMSHost’s Airport Restaurant Month is back again and that means that throughout the month of October you’ll find special seasonal fall tasting menus that include appetizers, main dishes and sides being offered in nearly 60 restaurants in North American airports.

Below is a list of airports where HMSHost restaurants will be participating. In many airports there are several restaurants to choose from. Enjoy!

• Albany International Airport
• Boston Logan International Airport
• Calgary International
• Charlotte Douglas International Airport
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport
• Clinton National Airport (Little Rock)
• Denver International Airport
• Edmonton International Airport
• General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)
• George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
• Halifax Stanfield International Airport
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Honolulu International Airport
• JFK International Airport
• John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana)
• Kansas City International Airport
• Lambert – St. Louis International Airport
• Los Angeles International Airport
• Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
• McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
• Memphis International Airport
• Miami International Airport
• Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
• Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
• Nashville International Airport
• Norfolk International Airport
• Oakland International Airport
• Ottawa International Airport
• Palm Beach International Airport
• Portland International Airport
• Raleigh-Durham International Airport
• San Diego International Airport
• T.F. Green International Airport (Providence)
• Tampa International Airport
• Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
• Toronto Pearson International Airport

Stockholm Arlanda Airport celebrates Swedish Midsummer


Filing this under “Best Airport Amenity of the Week:”

Stockholm Arlanda Airport
is celebrating Swedish Midsummer this week by inviting travelers to dance around a maypole and sample Swedish foods.

At a long table set up in Terminal 5, passengers will be able to sample herring, salmon, fish roe, Västerbotten cheese and elderflower juice.

A variety of Swedish products, including a book of Swedish drinking songs, will be for sale and there will be Swedish music.

Billed as a “crash course in Swedish Midsummer Traditions, the five “subjects” will be:

Dancing around the maypole – which is likely fun, but also insures good luck in marriage and childbirth;

Wearing a Midsummer wreath with flowers on one’s head;

Singing Swedish drinking songs;

Dreaming: Seven kinds of flowers placed under one’s pillow insure a dream of one’s true love;

and Eating – that’s where the herring, new potatoes, salmon, Västerbotten cheese and strawberries and cream come in.