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Virgin America launches fresh fall flavors

Airline announces latest seasonal menu topped off with fan-voted #ButterByMoodlight Humphry Slocombe ice cream and taste-tested by San Francisco's Top Chefs.

SAN FRANCISCO – Virgin America, the California-based airline already known for its award-winning cuisine and international-grade First Class cabin, announces its latest seasonal menu update with tempting offerings in First Class like a grilled mushroom medley with bresaola appetizer, a savory soy ginger marinated salmon salad entree and two decadent ice cream flavors – #ButterByMoodlight and Chocolate Gold Rush – created by local San Francisco cult favorite ice cream maker, Humphry Slocombe.

Before launching the fall menu onboard, Virgin America invited Chefs Feed, the leading food industry media network and platform, to bring in its elite roster of contributing chefs to taste the new cuisine. Sampling the new seasonal menu were celebrity chefs, Hiro Sone (Ame, Terra, Urchin Bistrot), Staffan Terje (Perbacco, Barbacco), Chris Beerman (Citizen’s Band) and Elizabeth Binder (Former Top Chef contestant and Bar Bambino).

All of Virgin America’s menus are crafted using an assortment of sustainable and fresh ingredients, including local fruits and vegetables, premium meats and artisan breads. The airline’s focus on a fresh, diverse range of menu options also helped the airline capture the “Best Domestic Airline for Food” award in Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards as well being recognized for “Notable In-Flight Dining” in SAVEUR Culinary Travel Awards for both First Class and Main Cabin.

This spring, Virgin America gave its award-winning First Class menu and service an upgrade on long-haul business flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles to Newark, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport). This elevated menu includes the traditional after-takeoff cocktail with the addition of cocktail hors d’oeuvres of roasted tomato, marinated artichoke heart, olive and mozzarella skewer, served with warmed mixed nuts. The menu is topped off with two custom Humphry Slocombe ice cream flavors. Inspired by Virgin America’s signature moodlighting, #ButterByMoodlight is a creamy combination of brown butter ice cream with a blueberry glaze. Accompanying the airline’s signature flavor is one of Humphry Slocombe’s latest creations, Chocolate Gold Rush, a dark chocolate ice cream with chunks of bittersweet chocolate covered cones. The artisanal ice cream will be hand-delivered daily to the airline’s sleek home base at San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 to be served to First Class guests on the airline’s eastbound flights from SFO. Travelers in any cabin can also score a free scoop of ice cream at Humphry Slocombe’s San Francisco Ferry Building location by presenting their Virgin America boarding pass through December 31, 2014.

Other First Class menu options include:

  • Roasted Chicken with Artichokes: Sumac herb marinated chicken breast that is roasted with the skin-on and served with marinated gigante beans, seared artichokes, roasted radish mix and caramelized fennel with sherry chicken jus. The dish is then garnished with a salsa rustica of charred tomatoes, onions, poblano peppers, capers and anchovies.
  • Spicy Ginger Pepper Noodles: Lo mein noodles with seared Chinese long beans, red bell peppers, and onions that are topped with a sauteed shitake and oyster mushroom mix, tossed with a spicy garlic ginger pepper sauce and garnished with scallions and cilantro.
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