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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 Nov 21, 17, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Dicksbits View Post
Thanks - so same as LHR then? The LGW wiki at the top shows a veggie on each route for long bands, if I am reading that right, on rotation.
Sorry, I assumed you were flying from Heathrow. My apologies. Not so sure about what the offering from Gatwick is. Choice of two hot meals, one at be vegetarian but not sure
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Just done CE from MAN-LHR-Larnaca and back. Apologies for the lack of photos.

MAN-LHR was a breakfast flight. I had tried to request a kosher meal which had defaulted to an Asian Vegetarian for some weird reason. However, when I got on board it turned out that no special meals had been loaded, so it was fruit and yogurt without the bacon roll. A pot of jam was also provided, but there was no bread for it, which made everyone laugh. Not a great initial experience.

Fortunately, the rest of the trip was brilliant. I'd ordered VLML to and from Larnaca and received the same dessert (coffee mousse on the outbound and strawberry pavlova on the inboard which is possibly the best dessert I've ever had on a plane) and cheese as the standard meals, with a different starter (caprese salad one way, don't know about the other way as I swapped with someone and had a delicious salmon sashimi) and main course (both pasta dishes, one cheesy, one not - both delicious). The standard mains looked and smelled good and my travelling companions confirmed that they were really tasty. Standard starter on the way back was duck, which also looked delicious. I was genuinely impressed with the presentation, quantity and level of service. The wines could go up in quality a bit, but there was no shortage of bar runs, and Ciroc vodka isn't cheap.

From LHR-MAN it was another breakfast flight and a kosher meal did appear, served on business class china. Biggest plate of exotic fruit I've ever seen on an aeroplane, which was fresh and tasty, alongside two (rather dry) pastries and a big yogurt. The fruit alone was more than enough.

Overall a very pleasant experience despite the issues on my outbound domestic segment.
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Originally Posted by klmml View Post
Curry for VGML breakfast ex-EDI and ex-HEL on nightstopping flights. Complained to CSM/CSD both times, not what I was expecting at 7 in the morning... AY do a delicious SH VGML hot breakfast (with a tofu-like omelette thing), so I don't see how it can be hard to get this right.
I had this recently as an AVML (oddly minus the tomatoes...) and thought it was pretty tasty, and a far more suitable breakfast than a lot of the other offerings - I can't comment on the main full English, but it looked streets ahead of the regular veggie version. Shows how much personal taste affects one's opinion though.
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I don't think it was entirely clear that you were on a LGW service, and from what we know LGW have also introduced new menus - different from LHR. There were some photos in post 1696 of the new LGW menu outbound, above but my browser isn't showing them any more. Unfortunately we need a bit more data from LGW travellers to be sure what is out there.
I'll see what I can do . Ordered a VLML as can't guarantee that there's a veggie option or fish!
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Old Nov 21, 17, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by LordBuckethead View Post
I had this recently as an AVML (oddly minus the tomatoes...) and thought it was pretty tasty, and a far more suitable breakfast than a lot of the other offerings - I can't comment on the main full English, but it looked streets ahead of the regular veggie version. Shows how much personal taste affects one's opinion though.
It seems entirely reasonable to offer this as an AVML, and in general I don't think there is any harm in merging the AVML and VGML options to simplify matters. But at breakfast I'd rather just have a large plate of fruit. If Kosher gets plated fruit on Longs, maybe I would consider that instead...
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Old Nov 22, 17, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
I don't think it was entirely clear that you were on a LGW service, and from what we know LGW have also introduced new menus - different from LHR. There were some photos in post 1696 of the new LGW menu outbound, above but my browser isn't showing them any more. Unfortunately we need a bit more data from LGW travellers to be sure what is out there.
re post 1696... my album disappeared, not sure if this was due to recent software updates. I have reloaded but unfortunately inbound LGW rot A menu is cropped whereas in 'My album" it is shown in full ... no idea why.

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Originally Posted by AmaaiZeg View Post
re post 1696... my album disappeared, not sure if this was due to recent software updates. I have reloaded but unfortunately inbound LGW rot A menu is cropped whereas in 'My album" it is shown in full ... no idea why.
It seems be back now, maybe it isn't just BA with flakey IT!

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I'll see what I can do . Ordered a VLML as can't guarantee that there's a veggie option or fish!
So it looks like vegetarian cannelloni
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BA548 Kosher meal LHR-FCO 21/11/17
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BA548 Kosher meal LHR-FCO 21/11/17
Good god!, what is it? It looks like something they just scrapped off the road!
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Potato with mushrooms in egg and someother food!!!
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Got a couple of CE flights this weekend - do we need pictures of particular special meals?

Happy to order them and take pictures. Below are the departure times of the flights and what I have selected so far.

25 Nov - LHR LUX - 0735 DEP - Vegetarian Vegan
25 Nov - LUX LHR - 1045 DEP -
25 Nov - LHR GLA - 1505 DEP - Kosher
25 Nov - GLA LHR - 1920 DEP -

26 Nov - LHR LUX - 0805 DEP -
26 Nov - LUX LHR - 1115 DEP - Kosher
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Originally Posted by angeloedades View Post
Got a couple of CE flights this weekend - do we need pictures of particular special meals?

Happy to order them and take pictures. Below are the departure times of the flights and what I have selected so far.

25 Nov - LHR GLA - 1505 DEP - Kosher
26 Nov - LUX LHR - 1115 DEP - Kosher
Love to see what the kosher meals look like on route sto GLA and I wonder who provides the meales from LUX. Please do order and provide pictures!!
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Love to see what the kosher meals look like on route sto GLA and I wonder who provides the meales from LUX. Please do order and provide pictures!!
You've got it tedcruz
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angeloedades beware, if the provider for the LUX-LHR flight is acompany from Belgium, you may get some life long food, then I'll get the blame
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Originally Posted by tedcruz View Post
angeloedades beware, if the provider for the LUX-LHR flight is acompany from Belgium, you may get some life long food, then I'll get the blame
I'm pretty sure all CE is catered from London for outbound and return so LHR-LUX kosher gets the same as LUX-LHR.
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