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December 3, 2009

Lufthansa Sets Holiday Menus For First, Business Class

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

East Meadow, NY, December 2, 2009 – For the holiday season, Lufthansa passengers on long-haul flights to Germany can look forward to a relaxing, festive atmosphere onboard. Holiday delicacies will fill the cabin, together with seasonal decorations and treats for children in all classes.

Each year during November and December, First and Business Class passengers on long-haul flights can select a traditional German Christmas dinner — roast goose with red cabbage and potato dumplings with a herb crumble. Around 112,000 portions of this festive delicacy will be served on board in November and December.

New this year is a culinary Christmas market on select flights from Germany to the U.S. East Coast: First-Class passengers will savor typical specialties sold in abundance at Germany’s Christmas markets, such as potato pancakes with apple sauce or salmon roll fritters. Nuremberg bratwurst, cucumber potato salad, veal rissoles or Christmas Stollen, a traditional German fruitcake, will also be served together with a special cinnamon-spiced black tea. An additional highlight on the holiday menu are Christmas cookies chosen from the “Lufthansa baking“campaign by World Champion Pâtissier Bernd Siefert. The winning entry is a baked apple tiramisu in an almond-spiced (Spekulatius) star cookie. A small packet of the best Lufthansa cookies will be presented on board to Business-Class passengers. Passengers in Economy Class will get to enjoy them as well.

On longer European routes, a classic roast goose dish will also be served in Business

Class. The entrée is a venison pyramid with chanterelles and Walldorf salad. Rounding off the menu is a Printen gingerbread mousse with a dusting of cinnamon and fig sauce. In the days after Christmas, Lufthansa cabin crew will be handing out around 61,000 truffle chocolates, 370,000 chocolate Santa Clauses, 270,000 snowmen, one million mini-gingerbreads and 580,000 Christmas pralines to Lufthansa passengers.
Furthermore, 850 holiday wreathes will enhance the festive spirit onboard. As of mid-December, a special surprise also awaits the youngest Lufthansa passengers: On all routes and in all classes, children will be given a small elk to cuddle with onboard.

The holiday atmosphere will naturally also set the tone in Lufthansa lounges. In addition to festive decorations, passengers in First-Class lounges and the First-Class Terminal will have a choice of savory seasonal food: Crème brulée from pâte de foie gras with pureed cinnamon apple and gingerbread, for example, or roasted duck with cranberry sauce, caramelized red cabbage and bread dumplings, venison stew with nut spaetzle and baked apple. As a finale to wind up their stay in the lounge before their flight, they can savor almond-fig tartlets as a dessert or cinnamon mousse with honey and rum.

Passengers in Business and Senator Lounges during the holiday season will be offered butter Stollen fruitcake, gingerbreads and red apples.

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