““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Haute Cuisine: Air Culinaire
Filet mignon is filet mignon, right? Not according to executive chef Salvatore Lano of the Air Culinaire kitchen in South Hackensack, N.J. His Signature Filet is center-cut choice USDA, seasoned and perfectly grilled. But what really sets it apart from ordinary filet mignon is the accompanying mushroom medley, which begins with sautéed, caramelized shallots and pearl onions and a variety of high-density mushrooms. To that Lano adds a red wine to create a rich brown demi-glace and, as a final touch, truffle oil and seasonings. In what the chef describes as a sort of backwards presentation, the mushroom medley serves as a lush bed for the steak, which is finished off with a fresh herb garnish.
THE CATERER: AIR CULINAIRE, (866) 679-9341 (U.S.), +44-209-993-5522 (London, for callers outside the U.K.), www.airculinaire.com
Air Culinaire operates 13 U.S. kitchens and one in London. Caterers acting as vendors for Air Culinaire serve more than 1,000 airports worldwide under the CaterLink brand