Last April, Toronto Pearson announced a new partnership with leading airport restaurateur OTG to bring the very best of Toronto's culinary talent and dining scene to the airport. At the time, nine chef-driven concepts were introduced. The first two open today.
"We're thrilled to welcome the incredible culinary talent of Mark McEwan and Devin Connell to Toronto Pearson," said Pamela Griffith-Jones, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). "We continue to create experiences for our guests to enjoy and today's openings are another step helping us deliver on that."
Serving Terminal 1, Mark McEwan's Fetta Panini Bar is a dynamic restaurant offering guests a delicious selection of gourmet paninis, salads and small plates. Fetta provides a true Canadian feel, with its design including elements made of maple wood.
Located in Terminal 1, Heirloom Bakery Café serves up light entrees including soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. Devin Connell's menu items are made fresh using the finest local ingredients from within the region. This is the first of two Heirloom locations planned for the program.
"Dining at the airport continues its ascent," said Rick Blatstein, OTG CEO. "Working closely with our partners at the GTAA, and talented chefs such as Mark and Devin, we've dedicated our focus on delivering a wonderful customer experience. From the quality of the menu to the inviting atmosphere, these openings mark an exciting debut of what's to come for Toronto Pearson."
The new dining options also offer guests free access to Apple iPads at every seat. From there, they can order meals through an intuitive visual menu that can be easily converted to one of 12 languages, which include Chinese, Japanese, German, English, Hebrew, Greek, French, Hindi, Italian, Arabic, Korean and Spanish. Food orders are then prepared fresh, and delivered to the customer's seat in 15 minutes or less.
The iPad platform allows international travelers to easily communicate, order chef-inspired food, check their flight status and much more in their native language - transforming international travel by making them feel at home. Guests will have access to 208 iPads, which is part of the overall plan of 2,500 iPads being rolled out as part of the OTG program.
Also included in this line-up of openings is Cibo Express Gourmet Market. Tucked into Terminal 1, this fresh market offers a variety of grab and go products, with an assortment of items from local shops and vendors; including Beretta Farms' famous "Protein Puck" cookie.
About Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA):
The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's biggest airport and one of the largest airports in North America in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic. In 2011, Toronto Pearson handled 33.4 million passengers and is ranked 4th largest in international passenger traffic in North America. The focus of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the airport's status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of our guests and ensuring the long-term success of the organization, our airline customers and the regional economy. Join Toronto Pearson on Facebook and Twitter (@torontopearson).
OTG (www.otgmanagement.com) is an award-winning airport food & beverage operator with more than 175 restaurants and retail boutiques in 10 airports, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Toronto Pearson, Boston Logan, Tucson, Washington National, Orlando, Chicago O'Hare and Philadelphia. Since its entry into airports in 1996, OTG has been recognized throughout the industry for its exceptional customer focus and groundbreaking innovation; growing to become the second largest privately held airport food operator in the United States in just over a decade.