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 May 26, 17, 1:03 am
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this was my breakfast last week on LHR - CFU (think it was called omelette - I didnt fancy the full english as I had already had a nice breakfast in the CCR). that 'patty' was actually quite tasty.

interestingly, chatting with the crew, he said that service takes 2 hours which means they can't really do it properly on the shorter flights (obviously no surprise for short flights - but I wouldn't have guessed that full service takes 2 hours).
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Two hours does sound excessive. And surely the 'length of service' will vary (and sometimes dramatically so) according to the CE load on any given flight ......?
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Originally Posted by subject2load View Post
Two hours does sound excessive. And surely the 'length of service' will vary (and sometimes dramatically so) according to the CE load on any given flight ......?
Agreed. I think part of his point was that on a 2 hour 30 mins flight, it's even then a push for time to do the full service as expected: drinks round (or two), starters, mains, tea, coffee, etc. clear.

I agree though (and was thinking that at the time) that 2 hours feels long - though guess it's meant to be a CW service.
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Although the food quantity and quality seems improved for long band flight, the service certainly takes a lot longer than it used to do.
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Originally Posted by vanmunchen View Post
I was on that flight as well. It certainly wasn't up to much. The outbound lunch on Tuesday was also poor - a half sandwich size Croque Monsieur.
It's supposed to be a full size, you might want to ask for the other half if you're hungry.
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Hi we flew CE to Malaga in May, will it be a different menu for Split in June please?
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Originally Posted by paulaf View Post
Hi we flew CE to Malaga in May, will it be a different menu for Split in June please?
Well I think Split is a long service like Malaga. Menu rotations may change so it won't necessarily be the same dishes though.
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Thanks I'm glad it's a "long" service hopefully but would prefer a new menu!
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Originally Posted by paulaf View Post
Hi we flew CE to Malaga in May, will it be a different menu for Split in June please?
You will be on Rotation B, so I think you'll get Chicken Khao Soi / cod miso on the outbound (which is the Rotation A inbound) and the chicken red pepper risotto/beef cheek on the inbound.
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Thanks all who replied!
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On "long" band flights, is meal service meant to be delivered by hand, by trolley, or is it up to the crew? On my flight to AGP last week, they delivered it by trolley, which was efficient, but the meal was hand delivered for the return--which, while more "restaurant-like", took ages and seemed like lots of work for the flight attendant. CE was nine rows on both flight.
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Originally Posted by PDXNRTLHR View Post
On "long" band flights, is meal service meant to be delivered by hand, by trolley, or is it up to the crew? On my flight to AGP last week, they delivered it by trolley, which was efficient, but the meal was hand delivered for the return--which, while more "restaurant-like", took ages and seemed like lots of work for the flight attendant. CE was nine rows on both flight.
Meal is delivered by hand. The whole service takes longer, it is like a CW style service where there is a tray with a starter is brought out, then the starter dish taken away, then the main course comes out, an eventually the tray is taken away, all interspersed with a few drinks runs (with drinks runs done by trolley).
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Breakfast on LHR-FCO before the madness, a nice enough offering from an ancient 767!
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Hello all,

Has anyone worked out the menu rotations for each month?

I've been following this thread and hoping to work out the menu for EDI/LHR (afternoon tea) and LHR/ATH (long meal) for July but I haven't managed to work it out.

Most obliged if anyone knows
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Originally Posted by KLMkitty View Post
Hello all,

Has anyone worked out the menu rotations for each month?
Not absolutely certain but I think it's Rotation C. So EDI-LHR will be ploughmans or sandwiches; LHR-ATH will be chicken risotto or beef cheek.
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