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Last night, I (along with 40 of NYC’s top Diamond Medallions, top Delta executives and members of the press) had the pleasure of attending an event sponsored by Delta at the Chelsea Market James Beard Foundation Pop-up restaurant. The meal was cooked by Delta celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and her crew who flew up from Miami to staff the event. Also in attendance was Delta sommelier Andrea Robinson, who charmed the crowd while Michelle and crew prepared the meal in the kitchen.

As a Delta Diamond Medallion, I’ve eaten a lot of first class meals on-board and I can firmly say their meals are some of the best in the sky – at least as far as US domestic carriers are concerned. As I wrote about recently in my JFK-LAX BusinessElite review, their filet is always tender and cooked medium rare, which is surprising for airline food.

As a gift I got a copy of Michelle’s new book Cuisine a Latina and I asked her to sign my copy. I’d like to give it to a TPG reader, so if interested, simply comment below and I’ll use to generate a random winner on Wednesday at noon EST. Feel free to shower me with compliments, though I promise they won’t factor into the decision making process at all 🙂

The event itself was fantastic. I’ve been to a lot of corporate and press events and this one was really solid all around – great food, wine and people. I got to speak with a lot of Delta executives, including Gail Grimmett (who runs Delta’s NYC operation). She was extremely optimistic about Delta’s NYC future and I think she was more excited to get JFK renovated than any of us frequent flyers. This is good to know because Delta’s facilities at JFK sorely need some sprucing up.

Overall, I’m excited to see how Delta continues to ramp up their NY presence. While the facilities “are what they are,” I continue to remain loyal to Delta because I almost always receive top-notch customer service (and the near 100% domestic upgrade rate I’ve experienced doesn’t hurt either).

Pics from the event:

Delta 757 Business Elite Seats (Not my purse on them!)
The food was better than the menu could convey

Tasty Stone Bass Fresh from South Florida

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