Grapevine chef whips up new dishes for American Airlines

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Making reheated pasta taste good at 36,000 feet was one of the hardest things Chef Sergio Secchi has ever done in the kitchen.

Secchi, who makes his family’s Italian recipes every night at Ferrari’s Italian Villa in Grapevine, has crafted four new dishes that will be part of American Airlines’ in-flight menu for first class and business class travelers this fall.

The idea to work with American on its in-flight menu came during one of his cooking classes at his Grapevine restaurant, he said.

“One of the guys that was running the food area at American did a cooking class with me and had a phenomenal time,” Secchi said, recalling that the concepts came over pasta and wine that night.

The new menu includes Pipette Pasta with Spinach and Mushroom Mix, Sachetti with Alfredo and Sundried Tomato Coulis, Creste De Galli Beef Bolognaise and Boccochini with Creamy Leek Sauce.

The challenge, Secchi said, was making pasta dishes on a limited budget that could be mass-produced by a third-party company, packaged and then given to American’s in-flight caterer to be placed on airplanes. After years of working in a restaurant, Secchi said he wasn’t used to working with ingredients that weren’t fresh.

And what does the chef recommend to those pulling out the tray table on an American flight?

“The Creste De Galli,” Secchi said. “It turned out rather nice.”

— Andrea Ahles

Unleashed by Petco store may be headed to Arlington

Unleashed by Petco, a smaller, boutique-style store concept from the big pet products retailer Petco, appears headed to the Woodland West shopping center at Park Row Drive and Bowen Road in Arlington.

A permit filing shows about $150,000 in renovations being made to the center to accommodate the store at 2717 W. Park Row Dr.

Calls to the company to learn more about the planned Arlington store were not returned last week.

Unleashed by Petco specializes in natural organic and higher-end products, according to its website.

The chain was introduced in San Diego in 2009 and today has 65 stores nationwide, including two in Houston and one in Round Rock.

Five Below to open three area stores in Thursday

Five Below, the Philadelphia-based discount retailer of apparel and merchandise for teens and pre-teens, will open 11 stores in Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday, including three in Tarrant County.

The retailer opened four stores in Austin in August.

The stores have an assortment of tech, fashion, beauty, crafts and seasonal items for teens and pre-teens.

Area stores will be located in Mansfield Town Center, 2041 N. U.S. 287; Overton Park Plaza, 4820 SW Loop 820 in Fort Worth; and the Shops at North East Mall, 894 North East Mall Blvd. in Hurst.

As part of its grand opening, Five Below will take entries and select one winner to receive four suite tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game. The winner will also watch the halftime show from the sidelines with the director of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

Each store will also pick a runner-up to receive a $100 Five Below shopping spree.

Five Below will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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