STrRedWolf wrote:More questions as I'm slowly getting in on this topic. I've had some of Amtrak's cafe car. What is the quality of the food with NexDine? If it's equal or better, then why isn't Amtrak using NexDine all over the place?
It is substantially better in my opinion based on comparative experience. The operating contract with the State of Maine (NNEPRA) allows the agency to choose a contractor to provide foodservice with Amtrak providing the cafe car.
The key points with regards to quality are 1. Availability of local craft beer and regional cuisine, 2. Creative approach to food prep (use of both microwave and convection oven), 3. Careful circulation of food stock and menu items, 4. Strong inventory management (aka don't run out of beer, wine, liquor or non-alcoholic beverages).
All of this is topped off with very friendly and familiar service (many of the Epicurean Feast employees were hired by NexDine).
It probably doesn't hurt that Boston sports teams make the playoffs a lot ...