American Going Local with their Newest Chef

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by: aadvantagegeek

American decided to go local when they added Chef Stefano Secchi to the roster of Consulting Chefs who design recipes and menus for their inflight dining service.

He may not be a world famous celebrity chef (yet), but he and his family are well known to diners in Dallas.

Jane and Francesco Secchi opened their first Ferrari’s Italian in Addison back in 1983, and since then they’ve been serving customers authentic Italian cuisine based on 100 year old family recipes.

Their son Stetfano is the Chef de Cuisine at his family’s restaurant, Ferrari’s Italian Villa, in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, and in addition to being the youngest guest chef to be invited to cook at The James Beard House in New York, he can now add American Airlines Consulting Chef to his resume.

Andrea Ahles of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram explains how it happened:

One of the guys that was running the food area at American did a cooking class with me and had a phenomenal time,” Secchi said, recalling that the concepts came over pasta and wine that night.

The new menu includes Pipette Pasta with Spinach and Mushroom Mix, Sachetti with Alfredo and Sundried Tomato Coulis, Creste De Galli Beef Bolognaise and Boccochini with Creamy Leek Sauce.

 If you don’t have any travel planned or can’t get to Grapevine, you can still sample his cooking: his recipe for Ragu Bolognese with Creste di Galli is available on American’s website.
From personal experience I can say that his cooking is tasty when you’re on the ground, I can’t wait to try it at 35,000 feet!

American Airlines Updates Premium Class Menus for Flights to Seoul and Tokyo

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by: aadvantagegeek

American has added several new meal items to their First and Business Class menus for flights to Tokyo and Seoul.

Back when American started service to Seoul in early May, they launched with six meal items that had been created exclusively for the route. The updated DFW/Seoul menu expands the number of dishes that they offer.

They’re also introducing a few new pan-Asian meals that will be offered on flights both to and from Seoul and Tokyo.

These are the new pan-Asian meals available on flights to/from Tokyo and Seoul

Sesame Chicken - NRT- ICNSesame Chicken


Orecchiette Pasta with Italian Sausage - NRT - ICNOrecchiette Pasta with Italian Sausage


Beef Filet with Tomato Chili Sauce - NRT - ICNBeef Filet with Tomato Chili Sauce


Shrimp Yakisoba - NRT-ICNShrimp Yakisoba


These meals are available on flights to/from Tokyo

Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce - NRTChicken with Teriyaki Sauce


Pumpking Bisque Soup - NRTPumpkin Bisque Soup


These items are available between DFW and Seoul

Beef Filet with Red Wine Sauce - ICNBeef Filet with Red Wine Sauce


Cod with Lemon Butter Sauce and Saffron Risotto - ICNCod with Lemon Butter Sauce and Saffron Risotto


Chicken Stuffed with Mushrooms ICNChicken Stuffed with Mushrooms


Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Japanese Cream or Arrabiatta Sauce - ICNWhole Wheat Penne Pasta with Japanese Cream or Arrabiatta Sauce


Korean Cold Noodle Salad with Shrimp - ICNKorean Cold Noodle Salad with Shrimp


Chicken Noodle Bowl - ICNChicken Noodle Bowl


Roasted Ham with Cheese and Pasta Salad - ICNRoasted Ham with Cheese and Pasta Salad


BBQ Prawn with Couscous Salad - ICNBBQ Prawn with Couscous Salad


Chicken Kimichi with Korean BBQ Sauce and Green Onion Pancakes - ICNChicken Kimichi with Korean BBQ Sauce and Green Onion Pancakes


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A look at Kosher meals on oneworld member Cathay Pacific

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by: aadvantagegeek

Kosher Gourmet

Earlier this year I told you about a post I read on a food blog that reviewed the Japanese meal service on American Airlines.  Well, I’ve come across another interesting food related post on someone else’s blog, and I thought I’d share it with you.

Jay Cab writes the First Class Project blog and he has a look at a couple of Kosher meals served on a Cathay Pacific flight between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Go here for breakfast and here for dinner.

Photo: Kosher Gourmet in New York City.
Credit: Rupert Ganzer on Flickr

Breaking News: American Airlines adds Gourmet Potato Chips to the Menu

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by: aadvantagegeek

The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this week and it was a big win for online news outlets. I was pretty disappointed to be left off the list, so I’m vowing to improve the quality of content here on the blog.  As part of that effort, I bring you this news item about the new gourmet potato chips that were added American’s buy on board menu.

I was on a flight the other day and noticed this addition to the AA menu:


Boxer Chip


Hand cut potato crisps….what’s not to like?  Here’s a description of these “Savagely Salted” chips from the Boxer Chips website:

This is a crisp for the kinda person who really goes for it. Someone who is not afraid to sand up and say, “I have a dream. A dream that one day all crisps will have the right to be savagely salted.”

They’re $2.99 and being offered after 10 AM on all flights greater than 2 hours.

Have a good weekend!

NEW: Buy on Board Food Choices WIN: @AmericanAir USB Card with Free Gogo Wifi Code

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by: aadvantagegeek

I was on a flight the other day, sitting in coach, and was glancing through the Buy on Board menu and noticed that it was updated March 1 and that there were some new food choices.

Over the last few months, chef Marcus Samuelsson has collaborated with American to enhance their premium class food service.  Now you’ll be able to try a few of his New American Table creations in the back of the plane: some new sandwiches and a new cookie have been added to the food-for-purchase menu.

Here’s a look at what’s been added:

Brisket, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich

New: Brisket Lettuce Tomato Sandwich


California Cob Sandwich

New: California Cob Sandwich


Triple Shot Cookie: oats, cranberries, chocolate

New: Triple Shot Cookie


To make way for these new choices, some long time staples of the buy-on-board menu have be dropped.


Gone: Gourmet Chocolate Waffle

Gone: Chocolate Waffle


Gone: Turkey and Chutney Sandwich

Gone: Chutney Turkey Sandwich


Gone: in flight Delights

I’m going to miss this snack box. It was sold on flights from DFW and Chicago into LAX and SFO.  I guess it wasn’t a popular item.

Gone: in flite delights


Gone: Boston Market Carver Sandwiches

I’ve never been a fan of these sandwiches. In theory, it seems like they ought to be appetizing, but the reality was much different…as Kurtis Blow used to say, “Baby You’ve Got To Go”!

Here’s a look at the new menu

American Airlines Spring 2012 Menu: inside fold

American Airlines Spring Menu: inside fold


American Airlines Spring 2012 Menu: outside fold

American Airlines Spring Menu: outside fold




Reader Giveaway

Congratulations to Dave G, he’s the randomly selected winner of Monday’s Reader Giveaway!  Yesterday I asked readers. “Have you ever won contest, sweepstakes, or giveaway?”. This was Dave’s answer “I never win anything. NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! well… there was that one time I almost… NEVER!” He might want to book a flight to Vegas, because his luck has turned!

Screenshot from Random dot Org


Reader Drawing: Win an American Airlines USB Card and Free Code for Gogo Wifi

The AA social media team was nice enough to give me five USB cards with free codes for Gogo Inflight Wifi.   I’ve given away three so far,  and now I’m giving away the remaining two – one today, one tomorrow.


American Airlines USB Card

American Airlines USB Card


I always travel with a couple of Odwalla snack bars in my laptop bag and take a large bottled water with me on every flight.  When I’m on vacation, I always take along some Haribo Gold Bears – they’re my favorite in-flight indulgence (besides the baked-on-board cookie, of course).  

To enter today’s drawing, just share your favorite in-flight snack.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll have a random drawing to pick a winner and will announce the results in Wednesday’s post.  One entry per person. The deadline to enter is tonight, March 20, at 11:59PM Pacific.

Good luck!

Reader poll: A look at an American Airlines dinner menu from 1979

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by: aadvantagegeek

Anthropologist, and U.C. Berkeley professor, George M. Foster was a man that traveled the world for more than 70 years.  His field work took him across the globe to study peasant societies and to document the impact and changes that 20th century technologies had on their cultures.

He traveled by airplane, train, and steamship, and along the way the collected the menus and, as you would expect from a scientist, took meticulous notes of his trips.

He collected almost 400 airline menus and recorded details such as airline, route, flight number, even aircraft type.

Dr. Foster was an alumnus of Northwestern University and before his death in 2006 at the age of 92, he donated his collection to the school’s Transportation Library.

Here’s a look at menu from an American Airlines fight from Los Angeles, Calif. to Washington, D.C., April 25, 1979:

Menu: Cover

Menu: American Airlines Los Angeles, Calif. to Washington, D.C., April 25, 1979


Menu: inside cover


Menu: Page 2


Menu: back page


The university’s collection is available online, and it’s fascinating to see not only how much airplane food has changed, but also how our taste preferences have evolved.

One thing that’s pretty much the same is the Filet Mignon au Poivre.  It’s still served on many flights and it’s one of my favorites.   If had to select a main course from this menu, that’s the one that I’d pick.  

Which entree would you choose?

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Have a great weekend!

Image credit: Northwestern University Transportation Library Menu Collection

A look at the Japanese meal served in American’s International Flagship First Class

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by: aadvantagegeek

American Airlines First Class Japanese Menu

Umamimart is a Japanese food blog I follow in my Google Reader subscriptions. And the other day, one of the writers at the blog, Yamahomo, posted a review of the International Flagship Service Japanese meal he was served in first class on an American Airlines flight from Tokyo to JFK.

He actually posted photos of the western meal service he had on the flight to Japan as well, but I’ve seen many similar images over the years.  I thought the Japanese food items were interesting, so I thought I’d share his post with you: ReCYP: First Class Cabin Meal.

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