Delta has expanded the menus offered by its celebrated New York restaurant partner Blue Smoke on routes across Europe from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The move continues the airline’s focus on bringing regional fare to the in-flight experience.
The exclusive creations by Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois are being served in the BusinessElite cabin on flights to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Zurich. These routes join New York-JFK to London Heathrow, on which the partnership was launched in February this year.
“Unique in-flight dining is something our customers look forward to,” said Brian Berry, Delta’s Director of Onboard Services Strategic Planning. “Partnering with Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois’ team at Blue Smoke allows us to deliver an innovative menu offering that customers do not expect to find on an aircraft.”
The seasonal menus will be refreshed every three months and with four choices per flight, frequent fliers will be able to choose a different dish each time they travel. Current options for the winter menu include a root beer braised beef short rib, smoked chicken, baby back pork ribs, and root vegetable skewers served over toasted faro. These are served with the signature cocktail of the season and finished off with a selection of ice creams and toppings from the specialty Blue Smoke sundae bar.
Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns Blue Smoke, is the creator of some of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants and helmed by James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Danny Meyer.
Chef Bourgeois and Blue Smoke are part of a renowned culinary team, hand-picked by Delta, to design menus highlighting regional cuisine. Other chefs working exclusively with Delta include Linton Hopkins, Michelle Bernstein and Michael Chiarello. All menus from these chefs are complemented by wines selected by the airline’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. In October this year, the menus of Californian chef Chiarello debuted on Delta’s new flight from Los Angeles to London Heathrow.