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    American Airlines Debuts Traditional Indian Fare

    On June 1, American Airlines will enhance its menu offerings for flights between Chicago and Delhi, India, with new dishes that embody the fragrant, exotic flavors of India.

    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080528/LAW526) Chicago to Delhi Menu

    First and Business Class passengers on flights from Chicago (ORD) to Delhi (DEL) will dine on new entrees developed by the executive chef of Chicago's critically-acclaimed Vermilion restaurant, Maneet Chauhan.

    "We are pleased to offer our customers entrees that unite the best of two cultures as part of American's continued commitment to enhance premium class products and services," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President - Onboard Service. "Chef Chauhan's extensive knowledge of Indian cuisine and contemporary culinary techniques combined to create a flavorful menu reflective of the characteristics commonly appreciated by our customers."

    "On behalf of Vermilion, I'm delighted to introduce the vibrancy and bold flavors of Indian cuisine to American Airlines guests," said Chauhan. "While Vermilion is known for its unique Indian-Latin fusion, these authentic Indian creations and their eclectic accompaniments that we've crafted exclusively for American go beyond the stereotypical Indian fare found outside of India. We hope American's passengers enjoy their culinary journey prior to arrival."

    The new menu is the result of a collaborative effort between Vermilion, Gate Gourmet chefs, and American Airlines flight attendants. Newly-designed selections will rotate monthly and include:

    -- Patrani Maachali - coconut mint marinated halibut served with lemon rice and punjabi saag paneer
    -- Dahi Elaichi Rajma - red kidney beans simmered in a green cardamom yogurt base
    -- Dalcha Gosht - slow braised lamb served with mango rice and malal kofta
    -- Shrimp Moilee - shrimp with a delicate turmeric and coconut sauce served with tomato cumin rice and anardana chole (garbanzo beans with pomegranate seeds) Delhi to Chicago Menu

    Customers in First Class and Business Class departing from Delhi also will enjoy freshly-created menus developed in conjunction with American Airlines Indian catering group, TAJSATS. In addition to cheese antipasto, a mint mango salad dressing, and olive artisan bread, the new offerings debuted in May and include:

    -- Cheese and Tomato Omelet - cheese omelet with a potato and carrot rosti
    -- Kalonji Aloo - diced potatoes seasoned with coriander served with a light ginger-garlic sauce, sauteed onions and tomatoes

    -- Chicken Chettinad - diced chicken accented with coriander, fresh tomatoes and garlic, served with lemon basmati rice and carrot and peas poriyal
    -- Ka Khagina Paneer - mashed paneer cooked with coconut milk, cashew paste and coriander served with saffron dill basmati rice
    -- Sliced Lamb - tender lamb served with peppers and shallots complemented by Creole rice and marinated asparagus tips

    American Airlines began regularly scheduled service between Delhi and Chicago in 2005.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

    About Vermilion

    Vermilion (http://www.thevermilionrestaurant.com) is an upscale restaurant in Chicago known for its innovative Indian-Latin cuisine. Owned and founded by the concept-creator Rohini Dey, this restaurant is an Indian women led entity, with Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan at the helm of the kitchen. Rohini's vision and inspiration from travels combine with Maneet's core skill sets to define the ongoing evolution of the cuisine at Vermilion. Maneet graduated from India's top hotel management school, the WelcomGroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, at the top of her class; and from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Her extensive background encompasses both Indian and contemporary culinary techniques. Maneet teaches cooking and spice classes at Vermilion as well as Sur La Table, Whole Foods and the City of Chicago. Additionally, she led Vermilion to host three James Beard dinners at the Foundation House in New York City. Vermilion has been recognized as "Best New Restaurant" in Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, Bon Appetit, USA Today, and Wine Enthusiast. It has also been featured by BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, FSB, O Magazine, and Crain's Business among others for its pioneering cuisine and women led team.

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