"Top Chef" contestant provides an upscale dining experience to travelers with Lorena Garcia TAPAs y Cocina
DFW AIRPORT, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrity chef Lorena Garcia has teamed up with global restaurateur HMSHost to open Lorena Garcia TAPAS y Cocina at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. DFW Airport passengers now can enjoy creative, healthful tapas, entrees and cocktails at the Latin restaurant, which officially opened today at gate A33.
"As a global superhub, we are expanding our concessions program to offer a variety of world-class cuisine and healthy options to satisfy any taste," said Chris Poinsatte chief financial officer at DFW Airport. "We know our DFW Airport customers will enjoy the vivacious flavors that are the hallmark of Chef Garcia's Latin dishes."
Garcia is known for her appearances on several reality cooking shows, such as Bravo's "Top Chef All-Stars" and NBC's "The Biggest Loser." She began her television career with Telemundo, Gems and Mundo TV. In addition to her Lorena Garcia TAPAS y Cocina at DFW Airport, she also has cookbooks, a line of cookware and restaurants at two other airports.
"We are thrilled about opening Lorena Garcia TAPAS y Cocina for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport travelers. This restaurant is a great success for the Lorena Garcia brand, and I am excited for travelers to try our delicious menu items," Garcia said. "We have been partners with HMSHost for many years and are very proud to continue that relationship at this new restaurant."
The grand opening celebration featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks from Garcia, DFW Airport leaders and HMSHost representatives. Following the ceremony, Garcia signed cookbooks and even rolled up her sleeves to assist kitchen staff and serve food to restaurant guests.
Garcia is well-known for her use of bold flavors and healthy ingredients. Restaurant visitors can choose from a vibrant menu of tapas, coffee and cocktails. Tapas include olives españoles, yucca fries, black bean and queso fundido, and ropa vieja. Customers also can enjoy chef's specials or "especialidades," including char-grilled churrasco steak with chimichurri sauce or prickly pear baby back ribs, slow-cooked in the restaurant's signature barbecue sauce. Local Texas wines from Becker Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Flat Creek Estate, and Messina Hof will be featured as well.
"It is an honor to bring this restaurant to DFW International Airport," said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Anthony Alessi. "Lorena Garcia is one of the country's most prominent Latin chefs, and her local and national charisma and innovative approach to small plate dining really shines through on the menu at the new Lorena Garcia TAPAs y Cocina. Lorena and the Airport have been great partners in bringing this exciting dining experience to travelers."
About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport warmly welcomes more than 65 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. DFW Airport customers can choose among 158 domestic and 54 international nonstop destinations worldwide. DFW is elevating the customer experience with modernized facilities and updated amenities, as well as through a $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program to renovate its four original terminal buildings. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For more information, visit the DFW website, download the new DFW App for iOS and Android devices, or follow DFW on social media.
About Lorena Garcia
Venezuelan-born restaurateur, TV personality, TV producer, philanthropist and published author Lorena Garcia is currently one of the country's leading chefs, well known for numerous TV series, a successful chain of restaurants and cookbooks. Garcia left the legal world behind her and enrolled at Johnson & Wales University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in culinary arts and more recently received an honorary doctorate degree in culinary arts. Garcia created "Big Chef, Little Chef" as a comprehensive non-profit program to help children and their families take control of their eating habits and, ultimately, their lives.
SOURCE DFW International Airport