THEY’VE been the surprise lockdown hit – meal boxes from our favourite restaurants delivered to our door so we can get a taste of haute cuisine-quality food at home.
And now the travel industry – among the hardest hit in the pandemic – has got in on the act.
Yesterday, British Airways announced a partnership recipe box company Feast Box and DO &CO, its premium catering partner, to deliver a limited edition kit using food usually served in its First Class cabin.
Each meal kit includes a four-course menu inspired by the posh nosh served in British Airways’ First cabin.
With a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, the boxes come with the full ingredients – as used in the First cabin – to cook the meal at home along with a recipe sheet and mini passport with more information.
The kits – serving two – cost £80 and the first 500 are on sale now for deliveries next week.
The first orders include a bottle of Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine – currently served in British Airways’ First cabin and made exclusively for the airline – but this has already nearly sold out due to demand.
Feast Box is also giving all those who book the British Airways kit a free box from their regular internationally-inspired menu.
Customers will also receive a voucher for 10 per cent off a British Airways flight.
I was lucky to test one of the first boxes and it hit the spot beautifully. On the menu was:
- Loch Fyne smoked salmon timbale with a honey mustard dressing
- Slow-cooked British beef cheeks with Jalapeño gratin, tenderstem broccoli and chimichurri
- Cheese selection with grapes, chutney and biscuits
- Dark chocolate and orange liqueur bread and butter pudding with vanilla sauce.
Everything arrived in a sturdy box in good condition with all packaging recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.
There’s a limited amount of preparation to do – chopping the gorgeous fillet of Loch Fyne smoked salmon for the first course required little skill.
And creating the chimichurri saunce for the main was a relaxing way to feel you were cooking but without the faff or the washing up.
As well as very clear cooking instructions for the beef, gratin and veg, there was easy tips on plating up the dishes for that First Class look.
The food was delicious and although not cheap, you would happily pay £40pp for the quantity and quality of food in any restaurant, let alone the experience of enjoying First Class food.
You can order your box at feastbox.co.uk/britishairways
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Earlier this month, British Airways announced that Tom Kerridge would be catering the food for short haul flights, replacing Marks & Spencers.
Also releasing their own unique meal boxes this week is Visit Florida.
Taking inspiration from the best of Floridian cuisine the three course set menu for two costs £55 plus delivery and includes a shrimp & sweetcorn ‘grits’ starter, Southern BBQ ribs with griddled pineapple slaw & spiced sweet potato for the main event and of course, a deliciously delicate Key Lime Pie for dessert.