Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Gourmet Airport Snacks

Airport food (not to be confused with “airplane food”) has improved immensely with the growth of air travel over the past 30 years or so. Instead of just small food stands with commercially made snacks and candies, you can now enjoy snacks selected by celebrity chefs.
While walking around Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) to catch a connecting flight, I chanced upon Cat Cora’s Gourmet Market.
Catherine “Cat” Cora is one of America’s Iron Chefs and one of the nation’s culinary stars. In addition to the SLC gourmet market, she owns “Cat Cora,” a bar/restaurant at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), “Cat Cora’s Kitchen” at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, and “Kouzzina by Cat Cora” at Disney World. Just a few weeks ago, she opened the 63-seat “S.E.A. Aquarium” at Resorts World Sentosa off Singapore.
Last year, she was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.
I walked around her SLC gourmet market and checked out the offerings – salads and sandwiches of all kinds, plus slightly exotic items such as hummus and tapenades. The counter girl told me they use eco-friendly plates, boxes, utensils and napkins … all bio-degradable.
But I wasn’t hungry, so I didn’t get anything. I did thank the girl and give her a big smile. Does that count?

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