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Baseball Stadiums to Offer Enhanced Menu

Coming Soon to a Ballpark Near You: Sophisticated Food

On Major League Baseball's Opening Day, there'll still be plenty of ballpark favorites like hot dogs and pretzels, but this year, the stadium pickings won't be quite so slim. A number of food service companies are following in the Yankees' footsteps and serving up nontraditional fare. Delaware North, which caters to the likes of the White Sox and Padres, has teamed up with Food Network to develop new menus and signature dishes for suite menus at all of the company's stadiums. Aramark, which services the Red Sox, Rockies, and Mets, is expanding its gluten-free and vegetarian fare. And Centerplate, which works with the Giants and the Rays, will be rolling out vegan soups, veggie dogs, a charcuterie and cheese offering, and a fresh seafood stand. I always appreciate a little variety, although I still don't believe canapés will ever really compete with chili dogs at the ball game. Not to mention if a beer costs $9 at the stadium, I can't imagine how much a charcuterie platter would set me back.

How do you feel about the enhanced offerings?

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snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
or, if you hate the food that much, you could survive a baseball game without eating!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
When we go to AT&T Park my bf and I either bring in our own food, ala Togos (for snacking I also bring fresh veggies or berries, seeds or trail mix and of course, my big bottle of water) or we find something to share from the ball park food, which isn't bad at all. The food and drinks are part of the experience of the game. But not everyone can eat what's offered at the park if the menu is limited. I eat a hot dog knowing I will pay for it later. Goddess help me if I eat the Garlic Fries. Healthier options are great and I know I'll take a gander at them. At the SJ Giants game they have plenty of yummy food too. The line for the grill is always long. And I bring the usual snacks as well.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
At my local baseball stadium they actually have a panini stand that makes pretty good sandwiches! What's wrong with offering options? If there is a market for nicer food at the stadium, someone should tap into it and take advantage. It's not as though they will stop serving ballpark favorites.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Awesome! It sucks being a vegetarian and going to places like this where we have to pack food or starve. Maybe we want the ball park experience too :) Pass me a veggie dog, please.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
I think it'd be more expensive and for expensive I better have a nice damn table and a waiter. Although there are waiters at the club loge @angels stadium. Me and my bf prefer hot dogs, carl's jr, and these very delicious HUGE chili cheese fries with beans, jalapenos, and tons of ketchup on them! Yum!!!
ccsugar ccsugar 7 years
**oops I meant sushi. Was thinking about tofu after reading fitsugar's tofu recipe. Heh heh.
ccsugar ccsugar 7 years
AlexisSF, w/all due respect, you don't eat that at a baseball game! You eat over-processed, sodium laden hot dogs w/mustard (NO ketchup) and cheap watered down beer. That's part of the experience! I heard on the local news here in Atlanta that they're going to start serving tofu at Turner Field... gag me.
luckyP luckyP 7 years
Oh please baseball stadiums don't need 'fancy' food. And how can you hold your beer, a bowl, and eat it.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I would probably go to more Brewers games if the food was better, that's for sure. I'm not a huge fan of the greasy hot dogs and overpriced warm beer they usually have there.
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
that is a picture of a cha cha bowl from at&t park in san francisco. I'm going to opening day this Friday and can't wait to eat one — it's the best thing ever! black beans, rice, bbq's chicken pieces and zucchini and carrot slaw — douse it with hot sauce, wash it down with a cold beer, and you'll be ready for baseball in no time!
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