• Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

  • Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.
Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by R.B.Phillips
 
Did Amtrak renegotiate labor agreements so the cafe opens along the Hudson after departing NYP?
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
jonnhrr wrote: Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:03 pm One issue you have with the LSL is the split at Albany. Currently the diner runs to/from NYC and the
cafe to/from Boston. If you go to one food service car and say run it to NY you have no way to
provide food to sleeper passengers on 448/449.
Similar situation on Builder, with diner to Seattle and lounge on the Portland branch.
  by Alphaboi
 
The descriptions I've hear about the cold boxed meals offered to Portland passengers sounded alot better than Flex meals.

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  by AgentSkelly
 
Alphaboi wrote: Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:53 pm The descriptions I've hear about the cold boxed meals offered to Portland passengers sounded alot better than Flex meals.

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You can get still hot food from the cafe in the lounge; the boxed meals as I recall were for sleeper passengers but were warmed up.
  by STrRedWolf
 
This came across Google News: Review: Amtrak reinvents ‘traditional’ dining car meals
ABOARD THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF — A month after Amtrak revamped dining-car menus on the five long-distance trains that serve the West Coast — replacing pre-packaged meals in a bowl with freshly-prepared breakfasts, lunches, and dinners — it’s clear the company is aiming for a higher standard than what it previously offered.

“I was really surprised,” observes Chef Frank Villasenor, who, with Food Specialist Brian Garrigues, is manning the Southwest Chief’s kitchen, on the lower level of the Superliner dining car, out of Chicago on July 22. “This is a step above where I thought we would go, especially with the direction we were going.”

...But he did see how airline-accustomed management’s cost cutting took its toll on the Coast Starlight when the train lost its “Pacific Parlour Car” for sleeping-car passengers. Several years ago, there was also a directive removing all but the most basic spices from dining car kitchens, further tamping down chef creativity in favor of standardization.

Now he leads one of dozens of crews working the Chief, Starlight, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, and Sunset Limited, implementing a menu that brings back restaurant-style meals and service after a year’s absence resulting from COVID-19 health concerns.
  by lordsigma12345
 
It’s indeed very good. I certainly gained some pounds after my Chief trip home back in late June did not miss a single meal offered. And the first beverage free thing definitely does get you in the mood to have another.
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