Settling for a lackluster in-flight meal seems to be par for the course of the flying experience these days. If every time that dining cart rolls down the aisle, your mind automatically thinks of tiny bags of brandless pretzels and plastic-wrapped sadness, you’re not wrong. But Alaska Airlines wants you to actually get excited about eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the air. That’s why they offer well-researched and meticulously planned menus that make you feel like you’re dining in a veritable flying bistro -- whether you’re traveling in first class or in the main cabin.
“We are inspired by the flavors and traditions of West Coast food,” says David Rodriguez of the airline’s food and beverage team. “This means looking at the produce that is especially abundant and popular on the West Coast. It also means pulling from culinary traditions that make West Coast dining interesting, including a significant influence from Asian dishes as well as a strong tie to Latin American cooking traditions.”
Their menus rotate quarterly and star seasonal ingredients (think brussel sprouts, chard, cranberries, root vegetables, and mushrooms for winter), so you can expect to eat fresh no matter what the weather is doing outside. And since you can achieve elite status on Alaska Mileage Plan after just 20,000 miles, you’re that much closer to getting bumped up a class to sample even more menu choices. So whether you’re flying home for the holidays or getting in out-of-office time, here’s a few of the food and beverage pairings to indulge in during a trip onboard Alaska Airlines.