Westfield opens new retail and F&B concepts at Chicago O’Hare T5

USA. Westfield Concession Management has opened two new concepts at Chicago O’Hare International as part of the major Terminal 5 concessions overhaul.

Chicago based Vosges Haut-Chocolat features globally inspired chocolate products. Areas USA and its joint venture partner Robinson Hill Inc have teamed up with Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) to bring Chinese-Thai restaurant Big Bowl. The opening marks LEYE’s airport debut.

When complete, the Terminal 5 transformation by Westfield will bring 15 new dining and retail brands.

“With the openings of Vosges Haut-Chocolat and Big Bowl, international travelers will get a taste of two Chicago favorites,” said Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. “It’s vital that Chicago-based businesses can provide travellers with top quality cuisine while creating jobs and helping the local economy.”

The opening of Big Bowl marks Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ airport debut

Westfield Executive Vice President Dominic Lowe added: “These incredible new offerings from Vosges and Big Bowl showcase Westfield’s commitment to providing travellers with a first-class experience while at Terminal 5.”

With Executive Chef Marc Bernard and Creative Director Patricia Yeo at the helm, the 800sq ft foot Big Bowl offers Chinese and Thai cuisine. The menu features potstickers, noodle and stir fry dishes, salads, cocktails with fresh-squeezed juice, and more.

Big Bowl sources ingredients from local farms and is the first restaurant at O’Hare to carry local spirits, with a bar menu featuring FEW Spirits as well as beer from Chicago-based Revolution Brewing and Goose Island.

The 355sq ft Vosges “Purple House” boutique offers luxury chocolate products using fine ingredients from around the world. Products include chocolate bars such as the Oaxaca, with guajillo and pasilla chilis and Tanzanian bittersweet chocolate; Exotic Truffle Collections; caramels; baking mixes; and more. Under its Green Purchasing Oath, the chocolatier selects ingredients with sustainable merit and uses packaging made of 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat boutique offers luxury products using ingredients from around the world

“I am excited about the new International Terminal because of the green and sustainable requirements that the Commissioner has made obligatory to all concessionaires and to be representing the local Chicago artisanal movement,” said Vosges Haut-Chocolat Founder and CEO Katrina Markoff. “Green and craftsmanship is where Chicago is at now and it’s great to see some of that in the new terminal.”

The openings of Big Bowl and Vosges Haut-Chocolat follow Tortas Frontera, the first new restaurant to open at Terminal 5 in over 20 years. Other recent openings include post-security shops Swatch, Hudson News and Dufry – all located post-security.

Under its Green Purchasing Oath, the chocolatier selects ingredients with sustainable merit

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