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Ritz-Carlton Food Will Fly the 'Freundlich' Skies

April 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Occasionally, while going about our city business, we find ourselves having to squash the urge to walk up in the nearest fancy-schmancy hotel and plop down in their restaurant for a lavish, white-tablecloth meal. Ideally, our choice would be to spontaneously sink down into the plush environs of a Ritz-Carlton restaurant, but it looks like we'll just have to book a business class flight to Germany on Lufthansa for that.

From May 1 through August only, Ritz-Carlton chefs from properties in Denver, New York City, Boston, and San Francisco will offer special menus to lucky First and Biz Class passengers on Lufthansa flights from their 18 US gateways to Germany.

Lufthansa has always shown love to the Michelin-starred chefs, but it's about time they switched it up to make the Ritz-Carlton experience completely seamless. It is now possible to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, dine at their restaurant under chef Jacques Sorci, and fly to Germany the next day while still enjoying his cuisine en route.

Now to drool over the menu possibilities:

In First Class, dishes will include halibut with a Parmesan crust served with basil risotto in white wine sauce. One of the dishes on the Business Class menu will be spinach gnocchi, garnished with sauteed Cremini mushrooms and pine kernels. Every two months, a new chef will create imaginative menus.

All of that sounds amazing, but we're left wondering how the Ritz-Carlton brand will be represented. Will the meals be served on plastic plates printed with the RC logo? Will in-flight entertainment include RC ads and an introduction to the featured chef's restaurant? They kind of have a captive audience, so we're sure they'll make out with the gratuitous Ritz-Carlton praise.

[Photo: Quan the Pooh!]

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