WASHINGTON — Last night several guests had a pretty special experience on Qatar Airways, and yet they never left the gate at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, DC. The highly regarded Doha-based airline invited a handful of media last night to celebrate their SkyTrax five star award for World’s Best Business Class with a five star dinner featuring their Culinary World Menu aboard one of their Boeing 777-300ERs.

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Guests were seated in the airline’s highly regarded business class and were treated to a number of delicacies from premium chefs. Dishes includes mushroom rice fritters, beef anticucho, and braburn apple puree with vanilla creme.

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Special guest James Cluer, the Qatar Airways Master of Wine, put on a demonstration of how wine tastes different at 35,000ft, and how he climbed up Mt. Everest to prove it (seems a bit excessive, but you gotta give him credit; that’s some serious dedication – link to the video).

The airline has been embarking on an aggressive expansion in 2013, adding Chicago and Philadelphia in the US with five other destinations elsewhere in the world. The carrier recently announced plans to join the oneworld alliance, and is expecting their first Airbus A380 in the near future.