SFO’s Dazzling New Terminal 2 Offers Wine Country Visitors Delicious, Sustainable, Local Cuisine

Publisher’s Note: The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the gateway to the Wine Country for many visitors from across the country and around the world. While air travel has become much more of a chore than a treat in recent years, SFO’s Terminal 2 (stylishly dubbed T2)–which opens for business on Monday, April 11–offers travelers a ray of hope. Its focus on environmental sustainability, traveler comfort, and–most of all–local, organic cuisine worth eating makes T2 a pleasant oasis on the all too frequently harsh landscape of contemporary air travel.

SFO's Terminal 2 Opens Monday, April 11, 2011Chef Tyler Florence Kicks Off Opening Event Featuring T2’s Food Purveyors

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2011 —  The food purveyors and restaurants inSFO’s dazzling new Terminal 2 (T2) fired up the ovens and displayed their wares today for a “Taste of T2” – a special event highlighting the delicious cuisine options that will be available to passengers traveling through SFO. Unlike most other U.S. airports, T2 is a boon for travelers and foodies, with local and organic fare sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. The restaurants in T2 are distinctly San Francisco, offering everything from local artisanal cheeses to fresh clam chowder. Whether passengers are grabbing a quick snack before boarding or meeting an associate for lunch after arrival, T2 offers the country’s finest airport dining experience.

“Just saying the words ‘airport food’ strikes fear in the average traveler,” said Michael Levine, CEO of Tastes on the Fly, the developer and operator of both Napa Farms Market and Lark Creek Grill. “But here at Terminal 2, food is a pleasurable experience again – whether you are going to sit and enjoy a meal, or grab something on the go.”

“We’re delighted to offer travelers some of the most delicious fare the Bay Area  has to offer,” said  John L. Martin, Director of San Francisco International Airport. “Our food offerings here at T2 are unique – we feature a delicious variety of Bay Area favorites; many of which are natural, handmade and organic. It’s a new way to enjoy traveling.”

SFO’s groundbreaking Terminal 2 (T2) is the country’s most comfortable and traveler-focused terminal. Registered with the United States Green Building Council, the terminal aims to become the first LEED Gold-certified terminal in the United States. The 640,000 square-foot terminal has just completed a $383 million renovation through a design-build partnership between Turner Construction and Gensler. The design of T2 is a notable departure from traditional airport terminals – most of which were built decades ago. T2 is customized for today and tomorrow’s modern travelers with features designed to elevate the travel experience and to shatter perceptions and limitations of what the public has come to expect from air travel.

Home to American Airlines and Virgin America, each year 3.2 million enplaned passengers are expected to pass through T2. It is fitting that the most modern and sustainable airport terminal in the world will also be home to a sampling of San Francisco’s world famous cuisine and gastronomic offerings.  Inspired by San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building, T2 offers a beautiful food marketplace and retail street featuring the best of the Bay Area’s retailers and restaurants offering locally-sourced, organic menu items. The terminal’s unique food marketplace features the local bounty of Napa Farms Market’s purveyors, including California wines from Vino Volo, Tyler Florence’s R&W of Napa, Kara’s Cupcakes, Cowgirl Creamery, Equator Coffee and Acme Bread. Along the retail street, travelers will also enjoy the Bay Area’s favorite Lark Creek Grill, Andale, Wakaba Sushi & Noodle, Burger Joint, The Plant Café Organic, and Pinkberry. Out in the gate area, T2’s other celebrity chef Cat Cora is the host of a namesake restaurant and lounge with beautiful bay views.


Napa Farms Market : Napa Farms Market is a celebration of locally grown and produced artisan foods and wines. It celebrates the Bay Area’s freshest culinary traditions by bringing such well-known artisan brands as Equator Coffee, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery Cheese, Kara’s Cupcakes, Mighty Leaf Tea, Frog Hollow Farms produce, Napa Valley Vintner’s Association wines and Tyler Florence’s R&W, Napa together in one emporium. Additionally, San Francisco-based Vino Volo wine bar, which opened its first location in 2005, will adjoin Napa Farms Market.  The market, an extension of the Bay Area’s innovative food community, lets travelers create their own picnics-to-go, find special gifts to bring home a culinary memory of San Francisco or relax over a fine glass of wine.  Napa Farms Market has been developed and will be operated by Tastes on the Fly, LLC.

Tyler Florence’s R&W Napa : In 2010, Chef Tyler Florence opened his second Bay Area location, Rotisserie & Wine in Napa, CA.  It features uncomplicated recipes, bright flavors and fresh plates of food; a place where great product meets tried-and-true-techniques.  The inspiration for the menu is taken from the Southern dining concept of “meet and three” – a selection of meat and 3 sides for a meal. The R&W menu that is part of Napa Farms market takes its inspiration from the original Napa location.

Lark Creek Grill : Lark Creek Grill, the 14 th restaurant in the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, will offer many Lark Creek classic dishes and a wide-ranging menu to please all guests with choices from garden-fresh sandwiches to sustainable seafood to sizzling steaks. The offerings are designed with the airport passenger in mind – fresh, healthy and portion-appropriate.  It will feature an all-American wine list and full bar, and service will be cognizant of the traveler’s need for speed without feeling rushed.  In addition to table service for approximately 120 guests, Lark Creek Grill offers takeaway options.  Lark Creek Grill has been developed and will be operated by Tastes on the Fly, LLC.

Vino Volo : Vino Volo revolutionized the airport wine experience by developing comfortable post-security retreats for travelers combining a cozy wine lounge, restaurant and boutique wine shop. They offer wines by the glass, in tasting flights and by the bottle. In SFO, their home airport, they will offer a rotating menu of 22-24 wines grouped by tasting flights.  The Vino Volo wine bar will be a part of Napa Farms Market.

Kara’s Cupcakes : Kara’s offers the most mouth-watering cupcakes in San Francisco.  Founded by executive pastry chef  Kara Lind, Kara’s Cupcakes lovingly creates each batch of cupcakes by hand every day, using only the finest ingredients. Their ingredients are sourced from local producers and whenever possible are sustainable and organic.  Kara’s Cupcakes will be offered as part of Napa Farms Market.

Equator Estate Coffee & Teas : a successful women-owned company dedicated to quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.  They produce distinctive organic coffees and teas from growers who practice responsible land stewardship and bio-friendly farming techniques. Equator Coffees and Teas have won over some of the country’s best chefs including Thomas Keller, Traci des Jardins and Elizabeth Falkner.  In 2009, Equator Coffee was named Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine.  Their outpost in Napa Farms Market is their first retail café and will offer the more time-consuming pour-over coffee.

Cowgirl Creamery : Sue Conley and Peggy Smith started Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station in 1997 in a small barn that was converted into a small plant for hand-crafted cheeses. Today, they continue to make a small collection of artisan, environmentally responsible cheeses. They are distributed to over 60 of America and Europe’s most prized producers as well as retail outlet in the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. Their cheeses will be offered in Napa Farms Market.

Acme Bread : Founded by Steve and Suzie Sullivan in 1983 to bake bread for restaurants and stores who wanted to offer better bread than was generally available on the wholesale market at the time, Acme has grown to become the supplier of dozens of Bay Area restaurants including Chez Panisse and scores of grocery stores and farmers markets. Acme’s quintessential Bay Area Breads will be offered within Napa Farms Market.

Cat Cora : The Cat Cora concept is a sophisticated culinary experience that focuses on using fresh and organic ingredients within its creation of innovative tapas plates and truly groundbreaking cocktails.  The lounge has a strong emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. With its gorgeous views of the Bay Area hills, travelers will be mesmerized by the marriage of design, form, function and delicious culinary offerings.

Andalé :  A veteran concession at SFO with locations in the International Terminal and Terminal 3, Andale has a lengthy tradition of serving healthy, flavorful Mexican dishes in the Bay Area.  Andalé was founded in 1987 by three friends—Luis, Ignacio and Pedro—all hailing from San Jose de Gracia in Central Mexico. While all Andale locations are committed to supporting local enterprises, their T2 location will put an even greater focus on using local meats and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Burger Joint : Step back into retro at this 1950’s burger spot!  With five popular locations in the Bay Area, this T2 quick-serve spot will offer diners enjoy broiled Niman Ranch burgers, fries and more.

The Plant Café Organic: The fourth restaurant in the team’s portfolio, The Plant Café Organic will offer T2 passengers delicious, fresh, wholesome dishes and freshly made juices – all organic and at affordable prices.  The Plant’s menu is almost entirely organic and relies heavily on what is available from local farms, dairies, and ranches.  The signature Plant Burger, made with lentils, mushrooms, bulgur, beets and cashews, garnished with avocado, roasted onions, aioli and cheese, is “cooked by solar power.

Pinkberry :  Founded in West Hollywood in 2005, Pinkberry offers a refreshing new take on the old idea.  Gluten free and made from fat free milk, Pinkberry produces uniquely flavored frozen yogurt and makes it the foundation of its fresh menu.  It is the perfect nutritious snack, wholesome dessert or light meal.  Pinkberry was rated the #1 Frozen Yogurt concept by Zagat in 2009 and is considered one of the hottest yogurt concepts in the world.

Wakaba : Wakaba in T2 is the sister to Sankaku Sushi & Noodle restaurants which are located in SFO’s Terminals 1 and 3.  They are owned by Kimiko Hattori, her son Hiro Hattori and Nula Makha who launched their first two restaurants “Sanraku” in 2004. Like its sister restaurants, Wakaba will serve authentic and healthy Japanese dishes from sushi, to Udon noodle soup, to Donburi.

Peet’s Coffee : Founded in 1966 in Berkeley, California, this specialty coffee roaster and retailer has a fiercely loyal and devoted following known as Peetniks. In the spirit for T2, Peet’s will brew custom-cup coffee, will serve only fair trade and organic coffees.

Starbucks Coffee : Starbucks has become synonymous with the words “gourmet coffee.” This Seattle, Washington headquartered corporation’s unwavering commitment to excellence has made it one of the most recognizable brands in the world, even as it maintains a local feel in many of the markets it serves. Starbucks offers rich-brewed, Italian espresso beverages, teas, specialty drinks and much more.


Compass Books :  Compass Books is a full-service bookstore with newspapers, periodicals and related gift items. Compass Books is owned and operated by Books Inc., the West’s oldest independent bookseller.

Greetings from SF :  Greetings from SF products reflect San Francisco’s diverse local culture, from recycled kitsch to items that are souvenir cool. Offerings include locally made gifts; local artists such as Anastasia Keriotis and Alise Sheehan; and souvenirs and t-shirts with the award-winning designs of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

I-Tech X-Perience : I-Tech X-Perience, which launched its first airport location in 2005, allows travelers to immerse themselves in a fun interactive gaming experience before boarding their flights. This truly high-tech environment will also allow passengers to try out products such as PDAs and MP3s before purchasing.

Kiehl’s :  Kiehl’s began as an old-world apothecary over 150 years ago in New York’s East Village. Today, Kiehl’s is a worldwide brand that remains dedicated to providing unique, effective skin, body and hair care products for both men and women.

Mango : As one of the leading brands in today’s fashion market, this highly-defined conceptfrom Barcelona, Spain is committed to quality fashion apparel and accessories at moderate price points. With a store already located in Terminal 3, the T2 store is focused on the brand’s best-of-the-best fashion tops and accessories.

Mosaic Fine Art & Craft Gallery : Operated by Avila Retail, Mosaic Fine Art & Craft Gallery was designed especially forSan Francisco and T2, and features 30-40 percent of its merchandise from local artists.Mosaic offers an assortment of quality handmade creations, including a variety of decorative, functional and wearable artworks, in addition to paintings,prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood, art glass, sculpture, and functional art. Mosaic’s ‘Museum Gift Area’ especially compliments SFO’s commitment to the arts and the area’s museums.

Natalie’s Candy Jar : Reach into Natalie’s Candy Jar, where more than 300 varieties of candies and candyrelated gift items are offered.  The store will carry a bulk selection of chocolates, sours,gummies, jubes and jells, sugar-free treats, nuts and health conscious trail mixes.  Localfavorites such as See’s Candies and Charles Chocolates will also be featured.

SFO News Express : SFO News Express offers a wide variety of books, the most current magazine issues and newspapers, and to-go snacks.

Sunset NEWS :  Sunset News is the newsstand of the favorite California publication Sunset Magazine and was created exclusively for SFO’s Terminal 2 traveler.  Sunset NEWS provides a high-end, quality newsstand offering up-to-the-minute news and information. In addition to the selection of newspapers, magazines and periodicals, T2 passengers will find a generous assortment of snacks and beverages, including eco- and health-conscious brands.

XpressSpa : In need of a little R&R?  XpresSpa has the largest global network of “Premium Class”airport spas in existence. At XpresSpa, travelers will find personal care solutions and anarray of spa travel gifts. So relaxing!

About San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop links with more than 31 international points on 29 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with more than 69 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com. SFO was voted “North America’s Best Airport” in 2010 by passengers for its modern and efficient facilities and its multi-modal transportation systems.