SWISS Offers Guests A Taste Of Ticino

Between March and May 2009, SWISS International Airlines will offer its First and Business Class passengers on intercontinental flights from Switzerland and selected inbound flights culinary creations from Urs Gschwend, executive chef at the Aphrodite Restaurant of the Hotel Giardino in Ascona in southern Switzerland. Business Class travellers on longer outbounf European flights will also be sampling the new SWISS guest chef’s creations.


Part of its award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” inflight catering programme, passengers will be able to sample dishes from the Swiss canton of Ticino, influenced by the cultures and traditions of the Prealpine region and Lombardy. SWISS First passengers will enjoy a menu of bresaola tartare on fruit crisp bread as a starter, fillet of beef and Ticino polenta with wild garlic, merlot jus and spring vegetables and for dessert, chocolate-and-vanilla lasagne with warm spiced banana or rhubarb tiramisu with marinated strawberries and fir bud ice cream. SWISS Business passengers will be offered dishes such as fillet of beef with Café de Paris butter, carrots, green asparagus and parpadelle pasta, along with desserts that include a layered mousse of raspberry and lime with thyme.


Accompanying the new menus is an extensive wine selection from Ticino. With over 1,000 hectares of vineyards and over 80% dedicated to the merlot grape, SWISS will offer passengers both red and white Merlot del Ticino, as well as an excellent Tuscan red wine produced by Swiss couple Barbara and Martin Kronenberg-Widmer, renowned winemakers and owners of the Brancaia estate in Maremma.


Launched in 2002, the “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” culinary concept has garnered the inflight catering industry’s Mercury Award for its innovative approach of bringing Swiss cuisine from award-winning chefs and their restaurants around the country onboard SWISS flights. The national airline of Switzerland, SWISS International Airlines flies to 76 destinations around the world from its hub at Zurich and from the cities of Basel and Geneva.

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