A taste of Switzer­land in the sky

Wine & Dine - - CONTENTS -

Swiss In­ter­na­tional Air Lines (SWISS) is tak­ing air­line food to new heights with its ‘SWISS Taste of Switzer­land’ pro­gramme, where top chefs cre­ate sea­sonal dishes from dif­fer­ent Swiss re­gions for First and Busi­ness Class guests on in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal flights from Switzer­land. For its lat­est in­stall­ment, set to go on till the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber, SWISS will be of­fer­ing culi­nary cre­ations from Can­ton Nid­walden in Cen­tral Switzer­land, con­cep­tu­alised by Mike Wehrle, culi­nary di­rec­tor of the award-win­ning Bür­gen­stock Ho­tels & Re­sort Lake Lucerne.

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the lux­ury re­sort’s eight restau­rants in­clud­ing RitzCoffier by Marc Hae­ber­lin, Spices Kitchen & Ter­race, Sharq Ori­en­tal, Tav­erne 1879, Ver­bena, Oak Grill and the Golf Restau­rant, Wehrle has cre­ated sev­eral dishes that per­fectly show­case the culi­nary of­fer­ings of Lucerne and its lo­cal pur­vey­ors. High­lights from the First Class menu in­clude the mar­i­nated lob­ster with pecorino cheese and cauliflower panna cotta, the veal ten­der­loin with black truf­fle sauce, and the choco­late mar­quise with poached pears. Busi­ness Class pas­sen­gers, on the other hand, can look for­ward to scrump­tious dishes like the sal­mon trout tataki with pump­kin and chervil root, beef ten­der­loin with valle mag­gia pep­per sauce, and pas­sion fruit cheesecake.

The cheeses served on board, too, puts a firm spot­light on the lo­cal Can­ton Nid­walden in both First and Busi­ness Class, with an ex­quis­ite range that in­cludes Bür­gen­stöck­ler, Dal­len­wiler Wy­mutschli and the renowned Sbrinz AOP. In view of Nid­walden’s lim­ited wine pro­duc­tion vol­umes, the wines have been se­lected from neigh­bour­ing Can­ton Lucerne for First Class and from Can­ton Valais for Busi­ness Class guests. The First Class se­lec­tion in­cludes a 2017 Müller Thur­gau and a 2016 Pinot Mer­lot Bar­rique from Brun­ner Wein­man­u­fak­tur in Hitzkirch, while the Busi­ness Class choice is sourced from Cave Saint Math­ieu in Sion, and in­cludes a 2017 Terra Joya and a 2017 Syrah de Sierre.

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