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Private Jet Catering vs. Restaurant Catering

Which Is Right for You on Your Next Flight to St Maarten?


Flight attendants, we know you’re busy. You’re always on the go, and you don’t have time to mess around with complicated inflight catering options. That's why we're here to help you choose between restaurant catering and private jet catering for your next flight to St Maarten.

The short answer…

Restaurant catering is a great option if you’re on a budget or if you have a lot of passengers to feed. However, it can be difficult to find a restaurant that offers high-quality catering services, and you may have to settle for food that’s not quite up to your standards.

Private jet catering, on the other hand, is the way to go if you’re looking for the best possible dining experience for your passengers. Private jet catering companies (like Flying Seahorse) specialize in creating delicious and elegant meals that are perfect for inflight dining. They also offer a wide range of options, so you can choose the perfect private jet menu that’s tailored to your specific needs.

The long answer…


Restaurant Catering Characteristics

Restaurant catering is the provision of food and beverage services for events outside of a restaurant setting. This can include weddings, corporate events, social gatherings, and, yes, sometimes even aviation. Restaurant caterers typically offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Menu planning and customization

  • Food preparation and delivery

  • Set-up and clean-up

  • Service staff

Some of the key characteristics of restaurant catering include:

  • Affordability: restaurant catering is often more affordable than other types of catering, such as private jet catering or hotel catering. This is because restaurant caterers typically have lower overhead costs.

  • Convenience: Restaurant catering is a convenient option for event planners because it is typically a one-stop shop for all of their catering needs. Restaurant caterers can handle everything from menu planning to food preparation to set-up and clean-up.

  • Flexibility: Restaurant caterers are typically flexible with their menus and services. They can customize their offerings to meet the specific needs of each event.

Key takeaway: So, yes, restaurant catering is flexible, affordable, and convenient. However, will it be able to deliver food on time, and will restaurant caterers factor in the altitude element?

Enters private jet catering for your next St Maarten flight.


Private Jet Catering:

The Alternative

Of course, nothing is off-limits when it comes to food on a private jet menu. Anyone who owns or charters a private jet may most certainly buy whatever luxury item they choose. For many, it’s all part of the experience. Working in the private jet industry exposes you to excesses, a plethora of special requests – and sometimes things that are plain odd.

Menu and orders

The flight attendant or cabin crew manager creates the inflight menu based on prior flights and guest preferences and then prepares a catering order. The VIP caterers, often on short notice, have private chefs on duty to offer the meals and luxury items necessary before each flight. The flight attendant will also stock the plane with high-end items such as champagne and premium chocolates to make sure the passengers have something luxurious to eat.


Caviar is a must-have item, and its service must be flawless, or else this pricey dish will be a waste of time. It’s served over ice on special caviar dishes with mother-of-pearl spoons, which, along with platters, guarantee that the caviar retains its natural flavor and is not affected by metal or silver spoons. This comes with blinis and a side of creme fraiche, shallot, lemon, and shredded egg whites and yolks. The most popular caviar is Beluga, followed by Oscietra.

Fine dining

Fine dining is the norm, and meals, expected from a private jet catering service, must include things like beef carpaccio, wagyu beef, Balik salmon, lobster, foie gras, and anything with truffle. Sushi is popular, but quality is vital, and it must be presented with condiments correctly.

Everything is individually plated in accordance with 5-star hotel standards. Champagne, whether Roederer Cristal, Dom Perignon, Laurent Perrier, or Veuve Clicquot, is required. Unless in a dry country, a selection of great wines and spirits are accessible onboard. Such private jet catering companies as Flying Seahorse order expensive chocolates and pastries from suppliers like Laduree, Fauchon, Patchi, and Sprungli.

The children’s menu

Mini chicken burgers and fish goujons served with ketchup and mayonnaise, are always available for our younger guests. Pasta options include macaroni and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs. Some of the popular desserts include cupcakes, brownies, and ice cream.

Other menus

All diets and tastes are catered for, and practically anything, whether vegan, diabetic, or allergy-restricted, can be arranged.


Why Consider Flying Seahorse Catering for Your Next Flight to St Maarten?

For years now, our business has been the product of word of mouth.

How come, you ask?

Well, for one, we’re very good at what we do – our reputation depends on it.

At Flying Seahorse, we know how to cater to private jet passengers who come to St Maarten – and, thanks to our Michelin-starred chef, the food is just outstanding!

Located just ten minutes from the airport, Flying Seahorse has a state-of-the-art facility where our talented private chef meticulously executes culinary creations. He uses nothing but the freshest, local, and homemade ingredients. That said, needless to say, our commitment to food safety and quality is second to none.

But it's not just the food that makes Flying Seahorse stand out. We also have a deep commitment to customer service and our core values of professionalism, punctuality, finesse, enthusiasm, respect, quality, trust, and love.

This is evident in every aspect of our operation, from the moment you place your order to the moment your food is delivered to your private jet.

Flying Seahorse serves destinations from St Maarten to St Barths and Nassau, Bahamas, and our high-loader services make it easy to get your food to your private jet, no matter where you're flying.

Of course, Flying Seahorse is happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions or special requests. Just let us know what you need, and we’ll make it happen. If you have any questions or concerns, our staff cannot wait to assist you in any way, shape or form. Send us a WhatsApp text at +33643538619 or email us at any time, anywhere.

Author: Imad Guemmah

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