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September 29, 2016

HMSHost’s Airport Restaurant Month Returns in October, Delivering a Seasonal Culinary Experience for Travelers

A portion of sales from each dish to be donated to support the fight against poverty

BETHESDA, MD — Autumn is in the air and Airport Restaurant Month, by global restaurateur HMSHost, is now returning with an expanded, seasonally-focused menu full of new, bold flavors. This October, at HMSHost-operated restaurants in dozens of airports across North America, travelers will be able to celebrate Airport Restaurant Month, HMSHost’s version of the popular street-side Restaurant Week. Airport Restaurant Month offers an unmatched culinary experience for travelers with vibrant seasonal dishes that are expertly matched with wine pairings to deliver an elevated airport experience.

New during this fifth launch of the initiative, for each Airport Restaurant Month dish sold at participating airport restaurant locations in the United States from October 1 to October 31, 2016, HMSHost (Host International, Inc.) will donate $1 to HMSHost Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to fight poverty with food, shelter, education and workforce development opportunities by directing its charitable investments to organizations that are creating stronger, viable communities.

“Airport Restaurant Month is just one example of how HMSHost offers travelers unique dining experiences and culinary events in the airport. Our chefs were inspired with fall ingredients resulting in creative menus with broad appeal,” said HMSHost Vice President of Marketing Atousa Ghoreichi. “Not only can guests enjoy innovative dining, they will also have the opportunity to give back to a great cause with the HMSHost Foundation.” 

To help expedite the dining experience for busy travelers, 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 restaurant’s menu is customized and each dish beautifully presented just like you would find with street-side dining. This October’s Airport Restaurant Month menu was expanded with additional dishes to appeal to more travelers; unique seasonally inspired flatbreads, burgers, and sandwiches were added to complement entrée options. 

While each location’s main dishes and accompaniments vary, a sample of the all-day dining options on the tasting menu include:

  • Flatbreads such as the Grilled Chicken & Apple or the Roasted Butternut Squash served with an apple pecan salad featuring baby kale, cranberries, apples, toasted pecans, feta, and honey maple dressing.
  • Sandwiches such as the Short Rib Grilled Cheese or the Shrimp Roll served with seasoned sweet potato fries, pickled vegetables, and an apple pecan salad.
  • Premium beef burgers such as the Bacon Spinach Stack or the BBQ Short Rib Stack served with seasoned sweet potato fries, pickled vegetables, and an apple pecan salad.
  • Entrées such as the Pan Roasted Salmon or the Rosemary Skewered Shrimp served with an apple pecan salad, roasted Brussels sprouts & butternut squash, and the chef’s daily featured potato.

While feasting on these savory seasonal dishes, HMSHost’s sommeliers have expertly matched suggested wines with each dish as a fun, creative way to enhance your dining experience. These wine suggestions are intended to balance the flavor characteristics of each dish with the flavor profile of each wine creating the perfect pairing. 

HMSHost developed Airport Restaurant Month to celebrate the same culinary phenomenon that street restaurants offer during restaurant weeks in their cities with the desire to offer another fun and enjoyable way to eat and drink while traveling. Visit AirportRestaurantMonth.com for a full list of participating locations.

HMSHost is a leader in worldwide travel venue dining, infusing innovation and culinary expertise into everything the company does. As a proud supporter of the James Beard Foundation for culinary excellence, HMSHost brings its unique, creative, and award-winning dishes to airports across the country in celebration of HMSHost Airport Restaurant Month.

BBQ Short Rib Stack Burger

Shrimp Roll

Grilled Chicken & Apple Flatbread

Short Rib Grilled Cheese

Pan Roasted Salmon

Rosemary Skewered Shrimp

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost has been recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2016 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the ninth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the seventh year) by Airport Revenue News. HMSHost has also been recognized by Airports Council International-North America, receiving First Place for Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) for 1897 Market at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and First Place for Best Innovative Consumer Experience Concept for its 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, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 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 around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 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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