“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: Sin in a Tin
The Dish: Sin in a Tin This perfectly named chocolate pâté, which is laced with 60-percent Belgian bittersweet chocolate, is created from an old French recipe. But it isn't the recipe that makes it special as much as the proper assembly of ingredients, said the chef. The dessert can be served plain or with fresh berries.
The Caterer: Guthrie's Dining Designs, Pensacola, Florida, (850) 436-4517, www.guthries.net.
Guthrie's menu includes appetizers like oysters with velouté sauce with green onion butter; and such entrées as coronet of gulf flounder with lobster-infused cream, blanched haricot vert and potato puffs. For dessert, if Sin in a Tin isn't enough, you can indulge in poached pears with chocolate in port wine reduction or Lemon Lust, a lemon-crisp tart.
"We specialize in fine dining, but we take particular delight in these dessert products," said caterer William Guthrie, who has been involved in his family-owned business since age 13.