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June 6, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

In-Flight Cuisine: Lufthansa Spices Up the Skies

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

East Meadow, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

This month, Lufthansa is presenting premium passengers with menus inspired by Azul, Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s signature restaurant. Business and First Class passengers traveling from the airline’s 17 U.S. gateways to Germany will enjoy delectable selections that feature European flavors coupled with American and Asian influences from the restaurant that has been described as the “Magic City’s” top dining destination.

“Lufthansa’s 16-month collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group allows our passengers to get a taste of the extraordinary culinary experiences presented by three of the Hotel Group’s outstanding U.S. properties,” said Jürgen Siebenrock, Lufthansa Vice President The Americas. “We began serving the Azul-inspired menus earlier this month, and passenger response has been outstanding.”

The four course First Class menu features a selection of three appetizers, among them Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Thai Chili Jam, and Arugula and Panzanella Salad; and four entrees, including Braised Lamb Shank with Parpadelle, and Miso Bass with Shiitake Mushrooms and Udon Noodles. Hazelnut Crunch Bar and Berry Short Cake complete the primary menu. First Class passengers may also select from a light-menu later in the flight which features cold and hot selections, including Poached Salmon, Curley Endive, Toasted Almonds and Orange segment, or Roasted Tomato and Sweet Onion Soup with Tahini Chicken Salad.

The three course Business Class menu features Tataki Albacure Tuna with Redwine Vinaigrette, Serrano Ham wrapped in Melone and Tarragon Vinaigrette, and Roasted Asparagus with Baby Mozzarella and Watercress Dressing for starters. Among the selection of three entrees are Confit of Artic Char with Wild Rice and Baby Carrots, and Hazelnut Gnocchi with Broccolini.

“Mandarin Oriental and Lufthansa are both committed to providing superlative service and a high quality guest experience,” said David Nicholls, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Director of Food & Beverage. “The chefs at our luxury hotels around the world are known for culinary excellence and innovation, and we are delighted to extend that dining experience to Lufthansa’s onboard menus in 2012.””

The Mandarin Oriental Star Chef menus will be available onboard all Lufthansa long-haul flights from the U.S. to Germany until February 2013. www.lufthansa.com

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