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SWISS will be serving its premium passengers inflight delights from Canton Zurich over the next three months. The latest chapter in the award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” culinary concept spotlights dishes from Zurich’s mesa restaurant, while the “SWISS Traditions” feature will be celebrating the city of Winterthur’s annual Albanifest, which takes place at the end of this month.
Customers travelling in First or Business Class on long-haul SWISS flights from Switzerland will enjoy menu creations from Zurich’s mesa restaurant from 3 June to 1 September. In collaboration with Antonio Colaianni, the restaurant’s executive chef and the holder of one Michelin star and 17 GaultMillau points, SWISS will be serving up Mediterranean cuisine that offers italianità in both traditional and contemporary guises.
SWISS First customers will sample delights such as smoked sturgeon tartare with caramelized cauliflower mousse, black cod with citrus vinaigrette, Cima di Rapa coulis, red peppers, saffron fennel and salicornia and a chocolate slice with sour-cream ice cream and raspberry jelly. And for SWISS Business guests Antonio Colaianni has come up with such appealing concoctions as smoked duck and chicken breast with pistachio cream and couscous salad, followed by barbecue-glazed beef shoulder with rosemary polenta or John Dory fillet with citrus vinaigrette and potato purée, with a pistachio-and-lime financier with yoghurt and peach to round off the occasion.
Canton Zurich features strongly in the current wine selection, too, where SWISS will be serving choice reds and whites from what is, with its 618 hectares of vineyards, the biggest winegrowing canton in German-speaking Switzerland. The Business Class selection includes a fine white from Neftenbach and a fruity Schiterberger Himmelsleiterli AOC 2013 Pinot Noir; and First Class guests will be offered a Neftenbach Sauvignon Blanc from young winegrower Nadine Saxer and a Gamaret Prestige Barrique from the Staatskellerei Zürich.
SWISS will also be bringing a Canton Zurich tradition aboard for its Business Class customers on selected European flights. Every June the city of Winterthur holds its “Albanifest”, the biggest annual old-town fair in Europe. And from 10 to 23 June this festival of St. Alban (one of the city’s patron saints) will be taken aloft, too. The culinary fare here will include – depending on the flying time – such specialities as asparagus salad with local raw ham, skewered beef with local potatoes, potatoes stuffed with mushrooms, local cheese and root vegetables and apricot compote with quark-and-lime mousse.