With organic food and beverages now becoming more available in the restaurant and catering market, the latest company to embrace the organic and gourmet, regionally sourced food philosophy is Dubai-based international airline Emirates. The airline announced in March that it will enhance the world-class culinary experience in its airport lounges across Australia, with the introduction of gourmet food dishes specially designed by the executive chef of the globally acclaimed luxury property, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.

The uniquely Australian dishes from the Wolgan Valley Resort, located close to the Blue Mountains,150km west of Sydney, will now be available in lounges across the country including Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, allowing travelers to experience dining out with the resort. Every month, travelers will be offered different starter, main course and dessert menu options, designed by executive chef Anston Fivaz to refresh and delight the most discerning palates.

"Emirates has always been very attentive in delivering a dining offering on the ground and in the air that meets the highest standards in quality - ensuring an extraordinary culinary experience while maintaining the authenticity and seasonality of the products," said Mr. Mohammed H Mattar, Emirates' divisional senior vice president, Airport Services. "We're thrilled to extend our gourmet cuisine from Wolgan Valley to Emirates lounges and showcase our seasonal, regional and organic food philosophy," said Joost Heymeijer, general manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. "We look forward to delivering a uniquely Wolgan Valley gourmet experience for travelers."

A selection of the gourmet dishes include appetizers such as yabby salad, with shaved baby fennel, broad beans, pea puree, with asparagus spears; main courses including E Beck lamb rump, ratatouille, roasted tomato coulis, with candied basil leaves; and desserts of apple trifle, made with mascarpone cream, apple puree, caramelized apple, roulade sponge, and crème patisserie. The resort is known for its local and regional sourcing of premium, free range and organic meats, venison, dairy, fruits and vegetables, olive oils and specialty food.

Amongst international airlines, Emirates is one of few that truly invest in developing its own exclusive lounge facilities for customers at airports outside of its home base. All Emirates Lounges feature a business centre with individual work stations and complimentary broadband and wireless LAN access. Emirates Airport Services staff manage the lounge at all times, and on-site chefs ensure passengers have a wide selection of food and beverages round-the-clock featuring both hot and cold dishes.