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Delta Taps Danny Meyer to Make Airline Food Taste Less Like Airline Food

Delta Taps Danny Meyer to Make Airline Food Taste Less Like Airline Food
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Danny Meyer, a restaurateur who dishes out some of New York’s best food, has inked a deal with Delta to elevate airline fare. This is good news, as I had the misfortune of sampling a variety of first-class or business class offerings from Virgin, United and American earlier this year, little of which tasted like it belonged anywhere outside an airplane.

Sure, the steaks were all serviceable, but a citrus rind could have passed for Lemon Pledge, cream of mushroom soup tasted fresh from the can, and the “brie and leek ravioli,” must’ve been cribbed from Betty Crocker, circa 1956. The irony is expensive: Spend $50 at Meyer’s Blue Smoke in Manhattan and a good meal is a sure thing. Spend $5,000 on a first class ticket and enjoy lovely Champagne with food that wouldn’t be out of place at a highway rest stop.