Business Aviation Caterers

Buyers' Guide » 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 5:00am

In better times, business aviation catering can be highly lucrative, particularly during special events such as a PGA tournament or a trade convention. Now, with the economy in recession and companies and individuals cutting back their flight hours, lots of caterers are struggling just to get by. "Customers I haven't seen go through belt-tightening in my 30 years in the business are taking steps to cut their catering costs," said Paula Kraft, owner and president of Tastefully Yours in Atlanta.

The good news for private jet travelers is that caterers appear to be trying to adjust their menus to accommodate clients' tighter budgets. One is offering half-portions at half the regular cost. Another is featuring boxed meals at set prices-$20, $25 and $30. "Better a small order than no order," said the owner. And quality remains high, with bizav caterers featuring a wide assortment of ethnic, organic and innovative recipes.

Getting hungry? Here are state-by-state and alphabetical listings of caterers that primarily or exclusively serve the business aviation community.

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““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.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais