Seven Areas concepts nominated for the Oscars of airport catering

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With seven concepts selected, Areas (the global catering concession brand of Elior Group) will make its mark at the prestigious Airport Food & Beverage Awards (FAB Awards), the Oscars of the airport catering world. Organized by The Moodie Davitt Report and The Foodie Report, the FAB Awards are the key event of the year for the airport catering industry. The awards ceremony will be held in Geneva (Switzerland) on June 30.

Areas’ seven nominated concepts are:

DELI&CIA – in the Airport Food To Go of the Year category

Deli&Cia is a grab and go concept, comprising products prepared for take-out and ready to eat, created by Areas exclusively for airports after considering the best practices from leading international concepts. Deli&Cia offers healthy food based on a high-quality generalized offer, fresh and tasty, ready to take away and eat, for all tastes and all hours of the day. The brand was established in 2013 and operates in the airport market in France, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the USA, with 13 outlets, an offer that will be boosted when a new outlet opens soon at the Nice (France) train station.

MADRID-BARAJAS – in the Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year category

Areas heads up the restaurant offering at Madrid-Barajas, Spain's leading airport in passenger traffic, with 26 food & beverage brands for 47 outlets covering a wide spectrum of offers, services, pricing levels, and culinary options to satisfy the needs of all types of travelers. The food & beverage offer uses the codes of the high street, with franchised brands of national and international renown, own brands, and co-branding concepts. Areas continues to shore up its sales offer at Barajas with new openings of some of its most emblematic outlets. Espace Evian will also include a corner of the well-known brand, Casa Ametller.

I LOVE PARIS – in the Airport Chef-Led/Fine Dining of the Year and Food & Beverage Reflecting ‘Sense of Place’ of the Year categories

A high-end restaurant from renowned chef Guy Martin, awarded three Michelin stars. Located at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the restaurant has been designed to convey the Parisian identity. A love letter to the French capital, it is inspired by another famous restaurant from the same chef: Le Grand Véfour. Its location is ideal, its interior is designed by India Mahdavi and its dishes are a twist on classic French cuisine, always featuring organic and seasonal ingredients.

MICHELANGELO – in the Airport Chef-Led/Fine Dining of the Year category

Excellent cuisine, a meticulous design, and a friendly welcome, associating traditional cuisine and an exceptional panoramic view. This is the combination afforded by Michelangelo, a prestigious restaurant that opened at Milan-Linate airport in 2013 in a unique location to reach out to all types of passengers. The restaurant bears the name of its executive chef, Michelangelo Citino, and pays homage to the “made in Italy” concept. Each dish reveals unique flavors and the sophistication of a restaurant designed to enjoy the airport in a different, relaxed fashion, always with fresh, seasonal and strictly Italian products.

BRICIOLE – in the Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant of the Year category

Opened in March 2010 at Milan-Linate airport, Briciole takes its inspiration from traditional bakeries and offers fresh-baked quality goods that can be enjoyed instore or to take out. Briciole was designed to offer travelers the typical ambiance of a neighborhood bakery: a warm and family place with the aroma of freshly-baked bread, a place to escape from the usual hectic pace of an airport. The space is dedicated to passengers looking to wind down while they sample delicious and natural baked goods along with an excellent Italian coffee. Briciole has also recently introduced Satispay, a groundbreaking system for simple, convenient payment from a smartphone.

O’MERCADO – in the Airport Food & Beverage Reflecting ‘Sense of Place’ of the Year category

O’Mercado, at Lisbon-Portela airport, is a new space which captures the essence of Portugal and offers it to travelers. An idea designed so that passengers can keep the flavor of Lisbon with them before heading off to their destination. This new concept recreates a traditional market where customers can choose from a selection of typical Portuguese dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. It is divided into five purchasing points: a fruits and vegetables kiosk, a tap house, an area dedicated to traditional dishes, a cod fishcake factory, and a pastry area that includes pastéis de nata run by the emblematic pastry store, Aloma. This traditional pastry is the star product of this multi-concept space, with more than 14,000 tarts being sold every month.

MALPENSA AIRPORT FOOD COURT – in the Airport Food Court of the Year category

A multi-concept space at Milan-Malpensa airport, inspired by traditional markets, which combines three options: slow food, fast food, and a food bar, all of maximum quality. Passengers are enveloped in typically Italian aromas and fragrances. A place where you can enjoy leading brands of Italian pasta and true Italian cooking without leaving the airport. The food court also features a healthy area with fresh fruit and a wide range of salads and organic produce, a perfect option for vegetarians and vegans, and also suitable for people on a gluten-free diet, in line with its firm commitment to the Italian Celiac Association.