THEY HAVE been the surprise success of the lockdown – lunch boxes from our favorite restaurants delivered to our doorstep so we could sample fine haute cuisine at home.
And now the travel industry – among the hardest hit by the pandemic – has taken action.
Yesterday, British Airways announced a partnership with recipe box company Feast Box and DO&CO, its premium catering partner, to deliver a limited edition kit using food usually served in its first class cabin.
Each meal kit includes a four-course menu inspired by the chic dish served in the British Airways First cabin.
With a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, the boxes contain all the ingredients – as used in the First cabin – to prepare the meal at home as well as a recipe card and mini passport with more. ‘information.
The kits – for two people – cost £ 80 and the first 500 are on sale now for deliveries next week.
Early orders include a bottle of English Hattingley Valley sparkling wine – currently served in the British Airways First cabin and made exclusively for the airline – but this is already nearly sold out due to demand.
Feast Box also offers anyone booking the British Airways kit a free box from their usual internationally inspired menu.
Customers will also receive a 10% voucher on a British Airways flight.
I had the chance to test one of the first boxes and it worked perfectly. On the menu :
- Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon Timbale with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
- Slow Cooked British Beef Cheeks with Jalapeño Gratin, Tender Broccoli and Chimichurri
- Selection of cheeses with grapes, chutney and cookies
- Dark chocolate bread with orange liqueur and butter pudding with vanilla sauce.
Everything arrived in a sturdy box in good condition with all recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging.
There’s a limited amount of prep to do – chopping up the gorgeous Loch Fyne smoked salmon fillet for the first course requires little skill.
And creating the chimichurri sauce for the main course was a relaxing way to feel cooking, but without the faff or the dishes.
In addition to the very clear cooking instructions for the beef, gratin, and vegetables, there were simple tips for preparing the dishes for that first-class look.
The food was delicious and while not cheap you would gladly pay £ 40 per person for the quantity and quality of the food in any restaurant, not to mention the experience of enjoying the food from first class.
You can order your box on fetebox.co.uk/britishairways
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Earlier this month, British Airways announced that Tom Kerridge would take care of food for the short-haul flights, replacing Marks & Spencers.
Visit Florida is also launching its own unique meal boxes this week.
Drawing inspiration from the best of Florida cuisine, the three-course menu for two costs £ 55 plus delivery and includes a prawn and sweet corn starter, southern barbecue ribs with a grilled pineapple salad and a spicy sweet potato for the main event and of course a deliciously delicate lime pie for dessert.