Club Europe catering guide

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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 31, 17, 12:57 pm
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Can anyone confirm that FCO is definitely classified under long band for catering purpose? I am confused as some online sites has classified FCO under medium band.
Yes it's definitely Long. See post 1. I can see there would be scope for confusion in that under the old system it wasn't a band 4, for example.
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This was the child’s meal on a short domestic NCL/LHR departing at 11:40. A bit of chicken slices and some cheese. The cheese had gone a little hard and the desert was the same as fit the standard meal.
ah processed cheese and cake...healthy?!😏
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I've updated the LCY Band 1 flight post 1647 above with the tuna option photo, I have a feeling this menu is used in both directions for band 1, but more data points would be useful.

Originally Posted by edi-traveller View Post
Plastic tumbler? Did they run out of glass?
This was at my request, glass was available too.
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Old Oct 31, 17, 2:48 pm
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Can anyone confirm that FCO is definitely classified under long band for catering purpose? I am confused as some online sites has classified FCO under medium band.
Rule number 1 of FlyerTalk: trust FT *before* other sites.
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"Yes it's definitely Long. See post 1. I can see there would be scope for confusion in that under the old system it wasn't a band 4, for example."

Thanks for the confirmation, corporate-wage-slave!
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I did EDI to LCY last night and it was either the chicken tika or smoked tuna - served with a mouse and berry compote... I went for the chicken and a couple of bottles of castelnau

It was surprisingly tasty with some lime on the side to be squeezed over the salad - great service from the CSM too!
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Old Nov 5, 17, 11:49 pm
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Did FRA-LCY last night on the 8735. There were no menus and no choice of food, just a warm vegetarian pasta dish and a very bland sponge like dessert. Also no hot towels, not sure if cityflyer flights usually have them?

It looks like the plane had been parked in FRA since Friday evening which may explain the catering deviations from the salads we had been looking forward to!
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Old Nov 6, 17, 1:35 am
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Last night's delightful "dinner" from PRG.

I thought there would be a meal, not a roll. Also, why not sub out these to a decent sandwich maker. Tasted and looked vile
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Old Nov 6, 17, 2:02 am
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Last night's delightful "dinner" from PRG.

I thought there would be a meal, not a roll. Also, why not sub out these to a decent sandwich maker. Tasted and looked vile
Looks like one of the old ET offerings!
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Old Nov 6, 17, 8:10 am
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly View Post
Last night's delightful "dinner" from PRG.

I thought there would be a meal, not a roll. Also, why not sub out these to a decent sandwich maker. Tasted and looked vile
They don't want to compete with the M&S offering at the back!

Don't complain too loudly - "our customers traveling in Club Europe told us they would rather be able to buy from the on board stock of M&S food than the downgraded and deliberately made poorer complimentary offering. We are delighted to offer this alternative instead of the complimentary offering as we always listen to our customers and their feedback (when it suits our cost cutting purpose)."
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This was after a cup-a-soup in the PRG lounge, I don't know why I thought I'd be getting some kind of chicken pasta. Should've just gone downstairs and bought something and skipped the plane food...
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This was after a cup-a-soup in the PRG lounge, I don't know why I thought I'd be getting some kind of chicken pasta. Should've just gone downstairs and bought something and skipped the plane food...
I think I was on the same flight as you. An overall diminished experience versus a year ago, not helped by the somewhat clumsy delivery of service
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I think I was on the same flight as you. An overall diminished experience versus a year ago, not helped by the somewhat clumsy delivery of service
Must have been - it was particularly clumsy ! But friendly which can often overcome such issues
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Must have been - it was particularly clumsy ! But friendly which can often overcome such issues
Agreed - two friendly chaps
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BOD-LGW CE last week

Very, very attentive crew (granted, two rows of CE...). Got three minis of champers during the short flight. Food was tasty and of decent quality, just an absolutely tiny portion, especially given BOD has no lounge etc. Cold chicken salad with pasta. Other option was the croque, I think. Pudding was tasty but looked rather cheap.
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