Ritz-Carlton Chefs Take Flight With Lufthansa; Vegan At Vegas’s Wynn/Encore


This ain’t your Mama’s reheated meal! From now through the end of 2011, travelers aboard Lufthansa Airlines will be treated to meals designed by chefs of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel line. With rotating menus, the airline’s “Star Chefs” program will feature a chef from a different property each month. Through April 30th, a dishes designed by chef Josh Becker, chef de cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach’s DiLido Beach Club, are offered on the cross-Atlantic flights, with menu selections including tuna confit ajo blanco and roasted grapes; chicken ropa vieja; and braised salmon, with pepper and tomato sofrito stew.

“Lufthansa’s unique Star Chefs program is a highlight of our premium guests’ stay on–board,” said Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales at Lufthansa. “Now approaching its tenth year, and after featuring more than 56 Michelin-Star chefs from around the world, the cooperation with The Ritz-Carlton certainly takes this program to the next level, with our customer satisfaction ratings the highest they’ve ever been worldwide.”

In the land of $5 prime rib and all-you-can-eat buffets, it seems veganism is taking a seat at the table. According to a recent press release, celebrated vegan chef Tal Ronnen has teamed up with the chefs at the Wynn and Encore to develop new vegan menus for the luxury hotel locations. Following their move to being the first on the Las Vegas Strip to feature an extensive vegan menu selection, restaurants within the resort, including SW Steakhouse, Sinatra, and chef Jet Tila’s Wazuzu, will all be implementing the new dishes created by Ronnen.

“I am excited to work with the esteemed Wynn and Encore chefs to introduce my vegan cuisine to Las Vegas,” Ronnen says.  “I hope diners will find that eating meat and dairy-free cuisine does not have to feel like a sacrifice, but a step up.”

Later this week on Daily Blender – thanks to my trusty sidekick, Jessica – a feature on a favorite 2011 James Beard Foundation award semifinalist nominee, just in time for next week’s finalist announcements here in Portland.

~Jennifer Heigl

*Photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

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