Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Saturday 30 August 2014

THE FOODIE REPORT TOP STORY

HMSHost partners with celebrity chef to open tapas concept at Atlanta Airport

Published: 31/10/12

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By Genevieve Knevitt

US. Global restaurateur HMSHost has partnered with celebrity chef Lorena Garcia to open a tapas concept at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Lorena Garcia Tapas opened yesterday and is located post-security in the Concourse F Mezzanine of the International Terminal.

“Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is proud to welcome Lorena Garcia Tapas to our airport,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “The collaboration between Chef Lorena Garcia and HMSHost has resulted in a unique and outstanding restaurant that Hartsfield-Jackson travellers are sure to enjoy.”

Cutting the Lorena Garcia Tapas ribbon, left to right: HMSHost Senior Vice President, Operations Jeff Yablun,; Chef Lorena Garcia, LorenaGARCIA Group; ATL Deputy General Manager & COO Roosevelt Council, ATL; HMSHost-ATL Director of Operations Tim Slaney; and ATL Director of Concessions Paul Brown
For her first full service airport restaurant, Chef Garcia has created a menu specifically for airport travellers, offering a variety of her signature tapas dishes.

Menu highlights include Mango Glazed Chicken Wings, Turkey Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Roasted Portobello Mushroom Sliders and a Citrus Chicken Marinated Avocado Wrap. Beverage options include an extensive wine list, beers from around the world and premium cocktails.

The opening of Lorena Garcia Tapas marks the second partnership between HMSHost and Chef Garcia. In 2011, they worked together to open LorenaGARCIA Cocina, which offers healthy snacks and sandwiches designed for the Bacardi Mojito Bar at Miami International Airport.

Chef Lorena Garcia commented: “After successfully entering the airport restaurant arena with the opening of LorenaGARCIA Cocina at Miami International Airport, I was extremely excited to work with HMSHost again on the opening of Lorena Garcia Tapas at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“I am very proud of this restaurant and the variety of tapas dishes that we’ve created specifically for this location.”

HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi added: “We are pleased to continue our tradition of excellent restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We are always excited to work with the amazing people at Hartsfield-Jackson, and working with a world-class chef like Lorena Garcia has been an absolute honour.”

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