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Club Europe Catering Guide 2017.

This thread outlines the new arrangements for Club Europe catering, introduced on Sunday 26 March 2017 and due to end on Tuesday 11 September 2018, based on 3 zones. A new Club Europe catering product is due to be launch on Wednesday 12 September 2018, and this is based on 4 bands. The main information piece - in terms of timings and the distance zones for the meals can be found in post 1. The following cross references the photos below against the matrix of options. In addition to the photos, some FTers have written extensively on their experiences so there is more to this thread than the pictures. Also note that there was an increase in food offered on some combinations shortly after the start-up, so the more recent photos may be the best place to start.The previous shorthaul catering guide, now locked but which had the previous 4 band system, is to be found here.

Numbers relate to the post number. Vegetarian means the alternative option provided as standard rather than the pre-ordered versions - which are VLML (Lacto-ovo), AVML (Asia) and VGML (Vegan) . There are differences between the offering in/out of LHR, LGW, LCY+STN. Last update: 833
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Note posts before 1-832 are typically the April 2017 menu. 833 and above is from the menu for May 2017.
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Chef's Chat sheets for:
CE LHR Summer 2017 - Rotation A
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28338151-post954.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28339641-post958.html

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Short Band (UK, France, Ireland, BeNeLux, Germany)
Breakfast: 279, 570 (vegetarian), 629, 674, 821 (Express breakfast for MAN and LBA), 1343 (Vegan), 2285 (Express for LBA and MAN), 2445

Brunch: 180, 289, 469, 563, 685, 716, 2625 (AVML)

Lunch: 207, 545 (diabetic), 644 (first photo), 680 (VLML), 802, 928, 1322 (Kosher), 2284


Afternoon tea: 339, 404 (vegetarian), 480, 600 (VLML), 710 (including low lactose), 800, 882 (gluten free), 1281, 1322 (Kosher), 1673, 2679 (Kosher), 2792


Dinner: 563, 630 (VGML), 669 (Kosher Passover), 771 (VGML LCY) 799, 819 (AVML), 833 (May 2017 menu), 1283, 1287, 1674, 2446, 2616 (Kosher), 2793


Comments on difference between AVML and VLML here.
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Medium Band (e.g. Madrid, Nice, Prague, Copenhagen)
Breakfast: 645 (vegetarian), 724 (vegetarian), 1003

Brunch: 199 (VLML), 600 (VLML), 659 (Kosher Passover)

Lunch: 239 (child), 251, 425, 641, 733

Afternoon tea: 332 (also includes vegetarian), 426 (GFML), 813 (Muslim)

Dinner: 456, 551 (also includes VLML), 666, 1004,
1278
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Long Band (e.g. Lisbon, Rome, Warsaw, Stockholm).

Breakfast: 195 (vegetarian)

Rest of the day: 306 (LFML), 345, 427, 443, 468, 597, 676, 687, 695, 783 (VLML)
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NOT MAINTAINED AND OUT OF DATE: The complete Short Haul meal structure for the longer flights as of October 2017 is:

LHR
Meal 1: Chicken / red pepper risotto
Meal 2: Beef cheek
Meal 3: Chicken supreme / gnocchi
Meal 4: Miso glazed cod
Meal 5: Chicken khao soi
Meal 6: Hot smoked salmon linguine

LGW
Meal 1: Thyme roasted chicken
Meal 2: Spicy corn and paneer masala
Meal 3: Thai Penang chicken curry
Meal 4: Roasted red pepper tortellini
Meal 5: Beef and mushroom caserole
Meal 6: Tomato and four cheeses tortellini


Structured into:

Rotation A
LHR outbound
Meal 3
Meal 4
inbound to LHR
Meal 5
Meal 6


Rotation B
LHR outbound
Meal 5
Meal 6
inbound to LHR
Meal 1
Meal 2


Rotation C
LHR outbound
Meal 1
Meal 2
inbound to LHR
Meal 3
Meal 4
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October 2017 = Rotation C
November 2017 = Rotation A
December 2017 = Rotation B
January 2018 = Rotation C
etc
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Old Oct 17, 17, 3:59 pm
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Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post
Don't bother, almost all SPML (including child) except kosher are one and the same...
That is disappointing to hear
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So is there any need in me ordering a SPML for a lunchtime INV-LHR rather than the panini?
Yes you can (and in my view probably should), but apart from KSML, you can order almost any of them and still get the same result.
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angeloedades - yuck. To think that is served on ex-Band 3s where we used to have hot prawn pasta dishes is indefensible.
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Old Oct 17, 17, 11:21 pm
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angeloedades - yuck. To think that is served on ex-Band 3s where we used to have hot prawn pasta dishes is indefensible.
To be fair, LUX is not ex band 3, is it?

How gastronomic to serve bread with the panino. But then, we've had this discussion before.
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Old Oct 18, 17, 12:06 am
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To be fair, LUX is not ex band 3, is it?

How gastronomic to serve bread with the panino. But then, we've had this discussion before.
I passed an Auntie Annie's yesterday and noticed they charge £3.50 for a pretzel.

Just had me imagining the BA head of catering must be a huge fan.
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Old Oct 18, 17, 2:41 am
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Originally Posted by florens View Post
To be fair, LUX is not ex band 3, is it?

How gastronomic to serve bread with the panino. But then, we've had this discussion before.
Since when was that Band 3?

Now I’ve had all 3 bands of catering and I’ve no problem with any of it. I’m a glass half fulll person except where wines and fine are concerned. I think that the greatest development is the serving of wines and Champagne in large bottles. Such an improvement in quality.

Still I’m probably not one who expects too much so I’m rarely disappointed.
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Old Oct 18, 17, 3:14 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
Since when was that Band 3?

Now Iíve had all 3 bands of catering and Iíve no problem with any of it. Iím a glass half fulll person except where wines and fine are concerned. I think that the greatest development is the serving of wines and Champagne in large bottles. Such an improvement in quality.

Still Iím probably not one who expects too much so Iím rarely disappointed.
In my one experience drinking white wine on a MAD flight, it was still really poor quality. Not comparable to say CW wines.
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
Since when was that band 3

Now Iíve had all 3 bands of catering and Iíve no problem with any of it. Iím a glass half fulll person except where wines and fine are concerned. I think that the greatest development is the serving of wines and Champagne in large bottles. Such an improvement in quality.
I must say that I am not getting that feeling on the wine. The other day I really DID fancy wine and asked what they had. I was shown the bottles and just gave up, went for a G&T instead. I think CE wines as just as poor as before.

Also, for all practical purposes, unless referring to the ultra short (MAN, LBA, etc) there are effectively only two catering bands: the low band is short+medium, and the high band is long. That means that what you get on LUX is exactly what you get on half of the former band 3 routes (e.g. MAD, NCE, OSL, etc).
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Does anyone know what wines are served on the small band (ie. LHR to NCL)?

I was on the BA1338 last night and they looked suspiciously like the ones that used to be offered for free on domestic pre-BOB.

Very happy to see the Tanqueray minis making an appearance though
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Boys - there is only one White wine that I drink on board and thatís Champagne. In CW I go for that king of whites Chablis Premier Cru. I was thinking of the Merlot which goes so well with cheese. I, Pucci Galore, am a Cheeseaholic.

Now Oe never mind that. Why is all the butter French?
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Old Oct 18, 17, 7:47 am
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I don't think I've ever had a cheese plate in CE Pucci. Maybe I'm flying the wrong routes ;-)

(a fellow cheeseaholic)
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I don't think I've ever had a cheese plate in CE Pucci. Maybe I'm flying the wrong routes ;-)

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You certainly still get a cheese plate (well, one piece of cheese on a plate) on 'long' routes. On 'medium' routes it was enhanced away when the catering changed - it did make a welcome reappearance (certainly it was there in May) but appears to have vanished again recently leaving just an empty plate on the tray
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Old Oct 18, 17, 8:26 am
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You certainly still get a cheese plate (well, one piece of cheese on a plate)
Hahahah yeah precisely.

Originally Posted by volar View Post
on 'long' routes. On 'medium' routes it was enhanced away when the catering changed - it did make a welcome reappearance (certainly it was there in May) but appears to have vanished again recently leaving just an empty plate on the tray
What's LHR >> MAD - medium?
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What's LHR >> MAD - medium?
Yes.

LGW >> BCN (also medium) on Friday night I just got the sad empty plate. I'm doing LHR >> BCN tomorrow night so will report back on the presence or otherwise of any cheese.
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Old Oct 18, 17, 9:28 am
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I don't think I've ever had a cheese plate in CE Pucci. Maybe I'm flying the wrong routes ;-)

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Maybe calling it a cheese plate isis overstating it. There a piece of cheese on a plate on Long Catering routes - so we get it to ALC. I hath to say that they have had some delicious cheddar on occasions Probably I should be called Mrs Grommit but Well matured Cheddar can be delicious. Personally I wish that theyíd do Wensleydale.
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