January 23 2023  |  Catering

Delta refreshes onboard meal service

By Alex Preston

To mark the new year, Delta has refreshed its food and beverage menu with a focus on regional fare

Delta has refreshed its onboard food and beverage menu as it welcomes in the new year.

The latest menu refresh brings regional touches like traditional afternoon tea and tapas to pre-arrival menu selections, while seasonal additions feature comforting meals from favourite restaurants like New York’s Gramercy Tavern.

“Your onboard meal or beverage should be no different than your go-to restaurant at home, and that’s why we’re constantly reinventing our onboard service at Delta — we always want to surprise and delight our customers with seasonal and fresh menu options,” said Kristen Manion Taylor, S.V.P. of In-Flight Service at Delta in a January 19 company post. “From delicious Spanish tapas plates to refreshing rosé, there is something new for everyone to enjoy.”

A key feature is the return of the Delta One dessert cart to international flights, which includes plated desserts, fruit and cheese plates, and a build-your-own ice cream sundae. Passengers can indulge with items like opera cake with chocolate ganache; Cowgirl Creamery wagon wheel, Midnight Moon gouda, and grapes; and a vanilla ice cream sundae with a choice of toppings like whipped cream, cookie crumble, fruit compote and chocolate chips.

Delta One customers on select flights will be able to select the premium rosé label, La Fête du Rosé, a Black-owned brand, whose founder Donae Burston works to advocate for underrepresented and underserved communities.

Another new beverage is Tip Top Proper Cocktails’ Espresso Martini made in partnership with Counter Culture Coffee.

Tip Top has been Delta’s onboard cocktail partner since 2021 — and starting this year, the brand will bring on more cocktail flavours in a rotational program. Look forward to their popular cocktail selections, which will be phased in as the year progresses, and include classics like Tip Top’s Old Fashioned, Espresso Martini, Bee’s Knees, Negroni and more.

Tip Top’s rotational cocktail selections will kick off with the Espresso Martini and Old Fashioned; these will be available on select domestic and international flights later this March.

Those departing from New York-JFK will now have the option to pre-select Questlove’s Cheesesteak™️ made with Impossible™️ and pickle relish and Gramercy Tavern’s signature kielbasa with crushed fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts and Dijon mustard, served with a marinated yellow beet salad with walnut pesto and ricotta.

For those flying out of Los Angeles, Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are serving up their chicken piccata with lemon caper sauce and Calabrian Caesar salad.

Passengers flying out of select markets can pick from vegetarian options like Chef Mashama Bailey’s roasted sweet potato tagine with chermoula sauce.

Dessert includes a chocolate chunk and sea salt cookie from Bell’s Cookie Co. or blueberry lemon cheesecake.

Meals are available to First Class and Delta One customers on flights 900 miles and greater; options vary depending on the city of departure.

Delta One passengers flying to the US from Spain, the UK, or Ireland will be treated to regionally inspired pre-arrival menus. Customers flying out of Madrid and Barcelona will enjoy Spanish-style tapas, while those flying out of London, Edinburgh and Dublin will relax with a traditional afternoon tea offering.

The Spanish tapas include hot and cold options like beef empanadas, Spanish tortillas with stuffed piquillo pepper, Ibérico ham, dried beef, smoked salmon and aioli potato salad. The traditional afternoon tea menu features Thrive Farmers tea, warm fruit scones, tea sandwiches, clotted cream, strawberry preserves and mini pastries.

Elsewhere, Delta’s skincare partner Grown Alchemist is bringing its luxurious products to lavatories on Delta flights. From January, premium cabin customers on select flights will wash up with Grown Alchemist’s sweet orange, cedarwood, and sage hand wash and hydrate with the brand’s vanilla and orange peel hand cream.

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