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‘Farm-to-runway’ brings fresh, local food to airports

Delaware North’s travel hospitality division was featured by, a popular “all things food and drink” website.

Writer Nikkitha Bakshani took a look at the “farm-to-runway” concept that Delaware North relies on at several airports in which it operates food and beverage services.

“The company currently sources locally grown produce, meat, and dairy products for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Austin–Bergstrom Airport (AUS), and Boise Airport (BOI),” Bakshani said in the piece.

“Renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Masaharu Morimoto and Rick Bayless have had restaurants in airports for many years,” the story continued. “Now, lesser-known but sustainability-oriented restaurants like Casavana Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Airport, a restaurant that features authentic Cuban cuisine; Big City Boise, a female-run café that serves out-of-the-box treats like cherry pie scones, Mexican chocolate shortbread, and ethical coffee; and a soon-to-open outpost of Los Angeles’s popular Wahoo’s Tacos are vying for the attention of food loving travelers.”

Also included in the piece is the award-winning Famers Market @LAX in the Los Angeles International Airport.

“The best part of this development? A farmers market right at LAX,” the article said. “Los Angeles’s popular Original Farmers Market, which has been operating since 1934, is opening its second location in Terminal 5 — the same terminal as Skewers by Morimoto. Past the mock-sculpture of the iconic clock tower at the original Los Angeles Farmers Market you’ll find a host of vendors (Bennett’s Ice Cream, Dragunara Spice Bazaar, the Dog Bakery, and more) along with ‘Farmers Market To-Go’ items in refrigerators.”

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