“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Haute Cuisine: Lobster Pot Pie
The Dish: Lobster pot pie, featuring meat from a whole fresh lobster in a white wine sauce with sautйed mushrooms and green onions, served in a homemade butter pie crust.
The Caterer: Tastefully Yours, Atlanta, (770) 455-7002,
Paula Kraft started Tastefully Yours 30 years ago as a bakery and also to cater to high-end clients and provide goods to Macy's Food Cellar in Atlanta. Some of her Macy's baked goods ended up on Atlanta-based corporate jets and the rest, as they say, is history. "It was all an accident," Kraft insisted.
For 23 years, she and her staff have served the private aircraft market in a 90-mile ring around Atlanta from their base at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. "We don't have any non-aviation clients," she said. They operate 24/7 and offer an extensive menu of regional dishes, entrйes, salads, breakfasts and lighter fare.
The idea for the lobster pot pie began with a client's request for some upscale comfort food-a dish that stuck to the ribs like chicken and dumplings or chicken pot pie but was more elegant. "They wanted something that would make everybody feel good when they got on an airplane on a snowy ramp in winter," Kraft said. She ran with the suggestion and concocted the pot pie, which now ranks among her most-requested entrйes.