Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, one of the nation’s leading airport foodservice concessionaires and retail companies, in partnership with Food Network, debuted on Nov. 8 the nation’s first airport outpost of Food Network Kitchen at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The grand-opening celebration of the restaurant took place in Terminal 3, Concourse F, and was attended by city and county elected officials and dignitaries as well as by Delaware North Companies, Food Network and Broward County Aviation executives.

“We are thrilled to welcome travelers to our Food Network Kitchen at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a first-of-its-kind concept offering the newest and freshest alternative in dining on the go,” said Matt King, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. “Here, families can enjoy creative dining options that are fast, fresh and healthy in a welcoming environment with the attentive, hospitable services that guests have come to expect from Food Network and Delaware North Companies.”

Photo by Brian Babineau

Food Network Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant and gourmet market from America’s best friend in food that takes dining while traveling to new heights. Inspired by the real test kitchens at the heart of Food Network, the restaurant offers fresh, delicious food made with wholesome local ingredients including sustainable food with organic produce, all-natural meats and artisan-baked breads. Additionally, Food Network Kitchen features a curated selection of snacks, drinks and baked goods from South Florida’s leading food artisans.

“For years, fans of Food Network have asked to dine in our New York City test kitchen. Now, with Food Network Kitchen, they finally have their chance and we are delighted to host them,” said Sergei Kuharsky, general manager of Food Network’s new business enterprises. “Fort Lauderdale has delicious local ingredients and a vibrant food culture making it the perfect city to open our first Food Network Kitchen. We’re excited to serve customers Food Network’s fresh take on South Florida food and to give them a unique taste of Food Network.”

Made-to-order options at the new Food Network Kitchen include a Cuban breakfast burrito served in a whole-wheat wrap; steel-cut oatmeal with dried tropical fruit; a Florida shrimp po’ boy; a tropical turkey sandwich; a burger of black beans and rice with mojo mayo; and a citrus Cobb salad. Smaller bites for children and a variety of bar snacks and sides are also available.

Grab-and-go selections include a goat cheese, watercress and fennel sandwich; a tropical-fruit salad with orange, mango, papaya and pineapple; and a baby-kale salad with hearts of palm, papaya and candied pecans with white-balsamic vinaigrette. Patrons can also order a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, while skilled bartenders will be pouring locally inspired cocktails, South Florida craft beers and a variety of wines that pair perfectly with the food.

Food Network Kitchen’s bright and airy layout features design cues from its own test kitchen, as well as traditional commercial kitchens, such as a butcher-block bar counter, subway tiling and stainless-steel surfaces. Monitors feature Food Network programming and custom content for those dining within the space. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, seven days a week.

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