In-Flight Catering Inspiration from Professional FootballAugust 22, 2014 by John Detloff
Being a corporate flight attendant means flying some of the most interesting and talented people in the world. Whether you a flying a high-powered CEO to see his or her favorite team or flying the football team to their big game, take a little time to add a personal touch when ordering in-flight catering. The United States is a vast country with regional favorites and local flair, so use this to your advantage when operating to or from a professional football game. Below you will find a detailed list of popular local foods in each professional football city in the United States. As always, be sure to account for any dietary restrictions your passengers may have and adapt these ideas as necessary.
- New England – You cannot go wrong with locally-brewed premium beers and nice Italian sausage. Another local favorite is a lobster roll.
- Miami – Paella and Cuban sandwiches rule south Florida. When operating to a football game in Miami, explore some of the area’s famous Latin cuisine.
- New York Jets – It would not be New York without a signature Italian entrée. Serve spaghetti with meatballs made of beef, veal and pork that are mixed with parsley, garlic, basil and ground breadcrumbs for an authentic taste.
- Buffalo – Wings, wings and wings are key in Buffalo! However, you cannot resist serving the “Beef on Weck” sandwich with seasoned, slow-roasted, thinly-sliced roast beef, au jus and horseradish sauce on a kaiser roll.
- Baltimore – Bell’s Famous Chili includes turkey, black beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet onions and a blend of seasonings. Additional inspiration comes in the form of Maryland crabcakes; serve them as a sandwich like the stadium.
- Cincinnati – The “Who Dey Melt” combines macaroni and cheese, melted cheese and bacon. Another choice is the “Porkopolis” which is a panini hoagie with black forest ham, sliced pork loin, grilled mettwurst, longhorn cheese, pickles and mustard.
- Cleveland – Reuben Dog is comprised of a beef frank, corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing on a rye hot dog bun.
- Pittsburg – Capicola and Cheese Sandwich contains capicola, provolone cheese, french fries, coleslaw and tomatoes on Italian bread.
- Houston – Serve a pulled pork sandwich or a brisket sandwich rubbed with coffee and brown sugar on your way to the big game.
- Indianapolis – Home of the “Walking Taco.” This is a crushed bag of Doritos filled with taco ingredients and Black Angus hot dogs.
- Jacksonville – The “BBQ Bacon Cheddar Bubba Burger” is served on a corn-dusted kaiser roll with bacon, sliced cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
- Tennessee – The “Brew Pub Sandwich” uses beef and pork, cheese and produce from local growers. This is your chance to get create with ingredients and stick to local sources.
- Denver – Denver has a variety of food to pick from during football games. Street tacos and nacho con carne are two of the top choices.
- Kansas – Kansas City has long been known for their amazing barbecue. The “Chiefs’ Brisket Stack” is a smoked brisket topped with zesty barbecue sauce.
- Oakland – The “Long Bomb” is a 20-inch pork sausage served on a grilled sourdough baguette, topped with onion-bacon jam and brown-mustard-mayonnaise sauce. Serve with “Cholula Kalua Nachos” made with Cholula hot sauce-seasoned pork, avocado sour cream and pico de gallo.
- San Diego – Gourmet hot dogs rule games in San Diego, where you can create your own custom dog. Popular choices are the “Carne Asada Dog” (ground carne asada, peppers, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and fresh cilantro on an Amoroso roll) and the “Big Kid Dog” (topped with macaroni and cheese).
- Chicago – The “Mesquite Smoked Pork Butt and Beef Brisket Sandwich” comes complete with smoked pork butt, beef brisket, cheesy corn and coleslaw on a challah roll. Top with your passengers’ favorite condiments and barbecue sauce.
- Detroit – The “Victory Knot” is a two-pound gourmet soft pretzel topped with sea salt and served with spicy mustard, beer cheese and sweet cream cheese.
- Green Bay – The “Bratwurst with Kraut” is the top seller here. This is the only stadium that sells more bratwurst than hot dogs. Fried cheese curds and cheddar bratwurst are always a must!
- Minnesota – Spam, yes spam, is popular in Minnesota and a grilled spam sandwich is the way to go.
- Atlanta – “Sweet Heat Fried Chicken Nachos” have tortilla chips topped with buttermilk fried chicken, peach barbecue sauce and chipotle jack cheese sauce. For dessert, Peach Cobbler can’t be missed when traveling to Georgia. The freshest, juiciest peaches are available in the Peach State.
- Carolina – Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich is a surefire win when operating to a Carolina game.
- New Orleans – Cajun favorites like jambalaya, crawfish meat pies and gumbo are all favorite dishes in this area.
- Tampa Bay –Tampa is the home of the original” Cuban Sandwich.” Serve thinly-sliced roast pork loin, Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, pickle, salami and dijonnaise on Cuban bread to delight your passengers.
- Dallas – Meat lovers have a slew of choices when attending a game in Dallas. “Barbecue Brisket Quesadillas,” “Kobe Nacho Dogs,” “Green Chili Kobe Burgers,” “Pork Carnitas Tacos” and “Frito Pies” are the top culinary delights.
- New York Giants – The “Brisket Sandwich” here is a beef brisket served on a pretzel roll and topped with cheddar cheese, whole-grain mustard and fried onions.
- Philadelphia – “World-Famous Crab Fries” take center field here. Extra-long crinkle-cut french fries sprinkled with crab seasonings and served with a side of Philadelphia cheese sauce.
- Washington – The “Ultimate Steak and Cake” is best described as a sirloin-meets-crabcake served on a pretzel roll with melted cheese, a tower of onion rings, and garlic fries.
- Arizona – Barbacoa street tacos are a must, along with “Ancho Chili Turkey Panini” sandwiches.
- San Francisco – Serve garlic fries prepared with fresh garlic and parsley along with a crab panini.
- Seattle – The “S’pacific Salmon BLT” comes packed with a grilled salmon fillet, smoked bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, shredded iceberg lettuce and dijonnaise on a kaiser roll.
- St. Louis – Toasted Ravioli is a top seller at this stadium. Serve this unique dish in-flight to surprise your favorite St. Louis passengers.
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