ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5225 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2374 times:
Seeing the thread on LSG/Sky Chefs returning to ORD lead me to think how the current catering firms (LSG, Flying Food, and Gate Gourmet) came into being.
Back in the 1970s, I seem to recall 4 major airline caterers. Sky Chefs was owned by AA. UA had its own catering business. There was Dobbs House, which I believe was owned by Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. (Chicago department store which also had a number of restaurants at ORD). Then there was Marriott.
I seem to remember that at airports that didn't have a Sky Chefs kitchen, Marriott catered AA aircraft.
And IIRC, didn't Flying Food start out catering for the original Midway Airlines at MDW.
So, how did AA/Sky Chefs, UA, Dobbs House and Marriot become the large caterers of today?
sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2041 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
Dobbs was bought by Gate which was part of Swiss Air. Marriott became Caterair, which was bought by LSG, which bought Skychef after it was cast off from AA. The name became LSG Skychef. NWA had its own kitchens closed them or sold them off. SY had 2 kitchens and IIRC has only 1 MSP. Flying Food IIRC started on its own. Host Int'l had some kitchens which I think they just closed.
Marriott's catering division was sold to Caterair International in 1989, who sold it to Onex in 1995 (who owned Sky Chefs at the time), who sold it to LSG in 2001 (LSG had started buying a stake in Sky Chefs back in 1993, when they bought a 25% stake.).
Dobbs was bought out by Gate Gourmet in 1999. Prior to their purchase, Gate Gourmet did not have any presence in the US market.
EASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
As I remember, Marriott began catering in Washington, boarding food stuff on EASTERN. It was made in a hotel near DCA.The hot meals were in round deep green casseroles, like corning ware, and placed in large thermos like containers surrounded by hot water. Liquor was not served for many years.