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  • Joe Breitfeller

Delta Air Lines Unveils Onboard Food and Beverage Refresh

To start out the new year, Delta has unveiled a new onboard food and beverage refresh, including the return of the signature Delta One dessert cart, as well as Top Top’s espresso martinis, afternoon tea, seasonally inspired items, Questlove’s Cheesesteak™ and more.


Delta Introdices 2023 Food and Beverage Refresh - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

On Thursday (January 19, 2023), Delta Air Lines unveiled their 2023 onboard food and beverage refresh, featuring the return of the signature Delta One dessert cart, as well as novel additions such as Tip Top’s espresso martinis, seasonally-inspired menu choices, Questlove’s Cheesesteak™, and much more. The new additions build on the carrier’s extensive food & beverage program which already includes Du Nord Social Spirits, vegetarian options in partnership with Impossible Foods, partnerships with three award-winning James Beard chefs, and an elevated wine selection from Imagery Estate Winery, led by winemaker Jamie Benziger. The onboard menu refresh also features traditional afternoon tea with tapas, pre-arrival selections, and seasonal comfort meals from favorite restaurants such as New York’s Gramercy Tavern.

In Thursday’s announcement, Delta Air Lines’ SVP – Inflight Service, Kristen Manion, said,


“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. From delicious Spanish tapas plates to refreshing rosé, there is something new for everyone to enjoy.”


As previously mentioned, Delta is also bringing back their much-loved Delta One dessert cart, a trolley full of treats, including plated desserts, fruit and cheese plates, and a build-your-own ice cream sundae option. Customers will delight in choices such as opera cake with chocolate ganache, the Cowgirl Creamery wagon wheel, Midnight Moon gouda, and grapes. The vanilla ice cream sundae can be topped with a range of favorites like whipped cream, cookie crumble, fruit compote and chocolate chips. The dessert cart will be available on international routes, with options varying by departure city.


Delta One guests on select flights will also enjoy a premium La Fête du Rosé, from the heart of St. Tropez, produced by La Fête Wine Company in partnership with the prestigious winemakers of Château Saint-Maur. Customers can also treat themselves to Tip Top Proper Cocktails’ Espresso Martini, a strong and smooth cocktail made in partnership with Counter Culture Coffee. Delta’s partner since 2021, Tip Top will bring additional cocktail flavors on board this year in a rotational program, with selections such an Old Fashioned, Bee’s Knees, Negroni and more. The cocktails will be available on select domestic and international flights from March 2023.


A Sample of Selections From Delta's New Onboard Food & Beverage Refresh - Courtesy Delta Air Lines


Customers on departure from New York-JFK will also now have the option to pre-order Questlove’s Cheesesteak™, made with Impossible™ and topped with a pickle relish. They can also enjoy Gramercy Tavern’s signature kielbasa with crushed fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, and Dijon mustard, accompanied by a marinated yellow beet salad with walnut pesto and ricotta. Guests departing Los Angeles will be treated to Chefs John Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s chicken piccata with lemon caper sauce and a Calabrian Caesar salad. In select markets, customers can choose from vegetarian options, including Chef Mashama Bailey’s roasted sweet potato tagine with chermoula sauce. Those craving something sweet can also enjoy a delicious 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 or longer, and options will vary by departure city.

Delta is also offering a variety of regional touches as part of their onboard food and beverage offer. Delta One customers flying to the U.S. from Spain, the UK or Ireland will be treated to regionally-inspired pre-arrival menus. For example, customers traveling from Madrid or Barcelona will enjoy Spanish-style tapas, while travelers from London, Edinburgh and Dublin will relax with a traditional afternoon tea. The tapas include hot and cold options such as beef empanadas, Spanish Tortilla with stuffed piquillo pepper, Ibérico ham, dried beef, smoked salmon and aioli potato salad. Delta’s afternoon tea service features Thrive Farmers tea, warm fruit scones, tea sandwiches, clotted cream, strawberry preserves and mini pastries.



Source: Delta Air Lines

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