November 21 2019  |  Catering

American Airlines refreshes onboard menu

By Sabrina Pirillo

American Airlines has signed an exclusive multiyear partnership with the James Beard Foundation, designating it as the official airline partner of the New York City-based not-for-profit org. The partnership comes as American Airlines continues its investment in enhancing the premium experience for travelers. It will bring new menus designed by the foundation’s portfolio of up-and-coming chefs into the cabin, with the aim of making the passenger experience more “delicious, diverse and sustainable,” read the November 19 release.

The statement also announced Top Chef alum Sarah Grueneberg as the first James Beard Award-winning chef to curate onboard and lounge menu items, including an appetizer, pasta entrée and a dessert.

Travelers will see the new items in Flagship First Dining and Flagship Lounges starting December 3. Beginning December 11, passengers traveling in Flagship First and Flagship Business from the United States to Europe, South America and transcontinental flights between JFK, LAX and SFO will have access to updated menu items.

“A premier culinary partner like the James Beard Foundation provides unique and delicious offerings for our customers,” said Janelle Anderson, Vice President of Marketing at American Airlines. “We’re honored to work with their roster of award-winning chefs who embody diversity, modernism and sustainable practices in the culinary world today.”

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