Friday, March 27, 2009

What happened to just Hotdogs and Beer?

"There's something strange, in your neighborhood.... "

Namely our baseball stadiums here in NY.
With the newly renovated Yankees and Mets stadiums...
With the respective new stadiums, it's not only the number of seats and VIP skyboxes that got a make over.
The food venues and choice of foods has changed for the better (I think).

Take a look at Yankees Stadium
excerpts from NY Times :
A number of restaurants and dining areas will be for their exclusive enjoyment. And the food will be prepared at open cooking stations run, from time to time, by Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef” fame, April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig, chefs from Le Cirque and cooks from Elaine’s

Those seated in the Delta 360 Club, which has 1,200 seats, will have access to a dining room where chefs from the Food Network will occasionally cook at two open kitchens.

On the broad concourse of food stands and carts for all fans, including those in the bleachers, there will be a small Lobel’s outlet. Outside a window, where butchers will be seen cutting dry-aged strip loins for the club restaurants, there will be the Triple Play Grill, a cart that will sell sandwiches of freshly sliced Lobel dry-aged prime rib ($15) along with beef and chicken sliders.

Among the newcomers will be some local places like Moe’s Southwest Grill, an Asian Noodle Bowl, a Latin Corner (with Cuban sandwiches) and a sushi station run by Soy Kitchen of the Bronx.

Because more than two-thirds of the 137 concession stands and carts will be able to cook, up from 14 percent in the old stadium, some will be grilling Nathan’s natural casing franks.

It’s part of the effort that Legends Hospitality Management, a company owned by the Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys and Goldman Sachs, said it is making to improve the quality and freshness of the food at all levels.
Then there's Citifield (Met's Stadium)
excerpts from Eater :

“As lifetime baseball fans and longtime Mets season ticket holders, we are incredibly excited to partner with the Mets and ARAMARK at the new Citi Field, and to have the opportunity to offer fans a fresh array of winning food options,” said Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group. “What you eat and drink – and how it’s all served – has become a major part of the ballpark experience, and we are eager to contribute as much as we can to why people will love going to Citi Field.”

“Working closely with the Mets, we have created a unique and extraordinary dining experience that will satisfy fans throughout every level of Citi Field,” said Liza Cartmell, Group President, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment. “By partnering with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Citi Field will showcase the very best of New York’s culinary offerings and provide fans with a wide variety of delicious menu choices and dining formats.

And it's not only Danny Meyer.. but rumor has it Drew Nieporent, Dave Pasternack also make up the list of Star Chefs lending a hand at Citifield.
Press releases are expected March 31st for Citifield...

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