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April 28, 2017

Airport Restaurant Month’s New Dishes Greet Travelers with a Unique Culinary Experience

HMSHost’s exclusive event soars in popularity to delight travelers at nearly 100 dining locations

BETHESDA, MD — Now arriving – Airport Restaurant Month this May at more than 50 airports across North America. Book your ticket, head to the airport and pull up a chair to savor this innovative culinary event created by global restaurateur HMSHost. Airport Restaurant Month is a unique take on the popular street-side restaurant week concept, but HMSHost has customized it for travelers, bringing an unmatched and uncommon culinary experience into the airport.

For the entire month of May, HMSHost offers a chef-driven menu full of bold flavors, featuring locally-sourced ingredients when available, with dishes that are expertly matched with wine pairings. Based on Airport Restaurant Month’s continued popularity and success as travelers seek unique dining options, new airports and nearly 100 restaurant locations, more than ever before, are participating this May.

Image of the pizza and salad

“HMSHost infuses innovation and culinary expertise into everything we do. With Airport Restaurant Month, we are elevating the airport dining experience to new heights, taking travelers on a culinary trip of flavors right inside the airport before they even take off,” said HMSHost Vice President of Marketing Atousa Ghoreichi. “Since launching Airport Restaurant Month at 20 airports in 2014, its popularity has soared, tripling its presence in airports across North America to reach more travelers than ever before with a unique culinary event they may not have come to expect in an airport.”

HMSHost’s award-winning culinary team created a single-plated chef’s tasting menu designed specifically with a traveler’s need for speed of service in mind. Each dish is plated perfectly together to help expedite the dining experience for the time conscious traveler so they may enjoy at their own pace.

This May’s Airport Restaurant Month menu gives travelers a variety of offerings – from hearty meals to lighter options. To spotlight different restaurants’ unique culinary offerings, individual restaurants offer special customized tasting menus that spotlight their own flavors and trends – like a tasting menu from award-winning Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi in Chicago O’Hare International Airport, as well as a celebrity chef driven menu from Chef Lorena Garcia at the Lorena Garcia Tapas Y Cocina in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

A sample of the dishes on the tasting menu include:

  • Flatbreads such as the Heirloom Tomato or the Crispy Eggplant  that features a creamy brie, caramelized onions, baby spinach, and a honey mustard vinaigrette.
  • Sandwiches such as the Grilled Chicken Gyro or the Cilantro Lime Shrimp Wrap that comes in a flour tortilla with jalapeño crema, roasted corn, and black bean slaw.  
  • Premium beef burgers such as the Asian Burger with hoisin ketchup, ginger sesame cabbage slaw, chili garlic mayonnaise or the Caprese Burger with vine ripe tomato, mozzarella, balsamic onions, and a basil pesto aioli.
  • Entrées such as the Pan Roasted Salmon or the Grilled Shrimp Skewers with pineapple, scallions, toasted sesame, and a hoisin glaze.  

The above dishes come with a variety of accompaniments, including a Peach Arugula Salad with roasted red peppers, toasted walnut, and strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Other options include pickled vegetables, parmesan seasoned fries, grilled asparagus and a daily creation of a chef’s potato.

Adding another layer to enhance the dining experience, HMSHost’s sommeliers have skillfully matched suggested wines for each Airport Restaurant Month dish. These wine suggestions balance the flavor characteristics of each dish with the flavor profile of each wine creating the perfect pairing.

Visit AirportRestaurantMonth.com for a full list of participating locations. 

Rosemary Chicken Breast

Rosemary Chicken Breast

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Wrap

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Wrap

Asian Burger

Asian Burger

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2017 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the tenth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the eighth year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Dale Jr.’s Whisky River at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining. HMSHost is a leader in worldwide travel venue dining, infusing innovation and culinary expertise into everything we do; this includes HMSHost’s unique events, such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month at more than 50 airports across North America and the award-winning Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and 99 travel plazas in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at fb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.         

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