Last night, I sampled a mac and cheese flight at Sessions Public. It was the first “Food Flight” event, featuring three interpretations of a cafeteria classic for $9. Elevated versions of a different item are featured every Thursday evening in September, including chicken strips (9/13), corn dogs (9/20) and meatloaf (9/27). You can add a flight of beer for an additional $6.
It got me thinking about flights: in general, and specifically how chair dancingly happy they make me. It comes down to two main factors: the excitement of trying multiple items, and (even more important) doing so without having to change into a pair of pants with pleats and an elasticized waistband before leaving the restaurant.
Beer, wine, sake, and champagne flights all make sense (and are being done) but there are many more opportunities for the serving style. Here are 5 flight ideas I wish existed:
How often have you agonized between two potential milkshake flavors? For me, it happens just about every time I drink one. At places like Holsteins in Las Vegas, or Stacked in Fashion Valley Mall, it’s even more difficult than usual because the options go way beyond chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. Instead of fully committing to one flavor, what would it be like to enter into a short-term, poly-amorous relationship with three, mini-sized shakes? You don’t have to answer that because I already know: IT WOULD BE AMAZING.
Daiquiris, Margaritas, and Mojitos
I’m a big fan of getting “girl drink drunk“, but having more than one super sugary drink (without collapsing into a diabetic coma) is rather challenging. The solution? Flights! Three or four, mini-sized, cocktail-umbrellaed, tropical drinks, served just like a flight of beer, but with a different fruity base or boozy backbone. Imagine being able to have a mango margarita, peach daiquiri, and pomegranate mojito AT THE VERY SAME TIME. This is obviously the best idea, ever.
Indian restaurants are good at letting you get a combo plate (at least during lunchtime), but Thai restaurants expect you to choose one dish and stick with it. That’s usually not a problem for me, since panang curry is one of my all-time favorite meals, but sometimes a girl wants a little green, yellow, or red with her orange. The solution is simple (and undeniably awesome): CURRY FLIGHTS. Instead of one big bowl, you get three or four small ones, each filled with a different type of curry. Testing out the curry formulations at new Thai places would be more efficient, and the meal would be more exciting. Where do I sign to make this happen in real life?
Snooze does pancake flights, where you get any three pancake flavors on the same plate, but I wish it was more commonplace. It seems easy enough to execute in the kitchen, especially if the batter is pre-loaded or pre-mixed… and isn’t the most obvious answer to chocolate chip, blueberry, or buttermilk pancakes all three? I think so.
Imagine a plate with a few types of cake and yeast doughnut holes, each served with its own dipping sauce. Maybe a red velvet doughnut with cream cheese dip, or a chocolate cake doughnut with cherry preserves? What about a yeast doughnut rolled in citrus zest, served with a small pot of warmed, spicy Mexican chocolate? Yeah, that’ll work.
Anything I’m missing? Have your say in the comments section.