The Tampa Bay Rays continue to step up their game, food and drink game, that is. I really can't say anything negative about a team that builds wine bars in their ballpark, stadium, enclosure. Really I can't.
Centerplate sent me this excellent photo of Peel-and-Eat Shrimp at Safeco. Look at that mini Tabasco! And is that rosemary? Why? Details (price, where sold, etc to follow). I wanted to X out that Miller High Life commercial, but did not want to detract from the bucket.
I can't believe this news, mostly because it means I may have to stop criticizing Tropicana Field. Sheesh. Chef Dave Pasternack has partnered up with concessionaire Centerplate to offer two new food stands to Rays fans, which means to relocated New Yorkers who go to Yankees games. Hee hee. I can't give the Rays a break.
Moving on, Fresco Fish Taco and Ti Dave’s Po’ Boys stands will serve signature menu items Pasternack created especially for Rays fans.
Family 4 Pack - Mondays: Every Monday game you can get discounted family package that includes: 4 hot dogs, 4 small sodas, 4 bags of chips and 4 lawn tickets for $30. Prorated for families larger than 4.
$2 Dogs - Wednesdays: Every Wednesday game you can get standard ballpark hot dogs for $2 at main (Centerplate) concession stands. (Does not apply to the Ruthian hot dog or specialty vendors).
This Peoria Sports Complex Spring Training Food Map is a pdf. That's your warning. If you can open it you will be very excited. I'm excited and I'm sitting at a dreary desk in a dreary cube on a dreary floor in a dreary building in midtown Manhattan (aka far from sun, far from Spring Training).
I realize it's too late to do any good with the following information (because orders needed to be placed a month ago), but it's still interesting and worth sharing. And, you weren't attending the Opening Ceremonies anyway. Were you? Or the Closing. Didn't think so.
CANADIAN WELCOME - $3875, Serves 12
PRE-SET SNACKS: Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter Pretzel Pralines, Maple Syrup Roasted Agassiz Hazelnuts with Sea Salt, House made Kettle Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip, Indian Candy (Honey and Sea Salt Cured Alderwood Smoked Northern Pacific Salmon
strips), Red Pepper Hummus with toasted pita chips and fresh vegetables
PRE-EVENT RECEPTION: GATE OPENING: Cheese (fruit, berries, crackers, flatbreads and baguettes), Canadian Maple Margarita Shrimp “Lollipopettes”, Cortez Island Smoked Oysters and Boursin in Cherry Tomato, Pepper Crusted Albacore Tuna on Nori Crouton, Mini Compressed Melon Stick with Cilantro, Shooter of Local Carrots Ginger Juice with Tapioca Pearls, Mini Cones with Ojibwa Manomin (Wild Rice) Salad, Okanagan Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs and Local Goat’s Cheese “Poutine” (Pan fried Yukon potatoes topped with cabernet demi glaze braised beef short ribs topped with local goat’s cheese), Shredded Zucchini Pakoras with Mint Okanagan Pear Chutney, Fire Roasted Fanny Bay Oysters, Cabernet Roast Okanagan Pear Salad
Everglades BBQ, as you can see by the photo taken by Steve Cahoon of Centerplate (who recently acquired Boston Culinary Group), is part of the pregame tailgate at Dolphins Stadium. In 2008 the concessionaire tried selling BBQ beef to Marlins fans, but it didn't work out because who wants cow when you can have pig! Chefs Dan Filarecki and Orlando Morales then created a pig-based-bbq menu and now there are Everglades BBQ stands and carts throughout the stadium. Yes SG should have mentioned this earlier in the season. Sorry. Next year you can check it out and let me know.
Everglades BBQ is now also in the BankAtlantic Center (Panthers), and the stadiums at Florida, Central Florida, Ole Miss (altered logo there, in place of the gator).
Still a LandShark swimming around the Sand Bar at Miami's football stadium. Why is the naming and renaming and renaming so entertaining to SG? Check out all those flags to the right, that's because this photo was taken before the ProBowl. Thanks again to Centerplate and Steve Cahoon for making me wish I had a plane ticket and a game ticket.
Thanks to Steve Cahoon, Centerplate’s VP of Sales, for sending me some photos from Miami. I love this one of the Dolphins Stadium grounds. Yes SG is still calling it Dolphins Stadium. Yes this is a Pre SuperBowl event, but it's the same space.
Available to general ticket holders on the first floor and on the club levels at Miami's Football Stadium of many names, Super Paella will be priced at "market rates" (lobster prices have been as low as $5/lb (wholesale), btw; high supply, lowish demand). Available at Paella stations SuperBowl only (no ProBowl, is what we're saying here). Thanks to Centerplate for the photo and the info.
Other Super Food Offerings at the ProBowl and SuperBowl:
Super Meatball 18" Sub
Available at all "Pizza" stands on the 100, 400 levels and "Slice" on the club level. Centerplate suggests this as a meal for 2. Super ≠ Overeat. $18.
Available at all "Franks" stands on the 100, 400 levels and "Caliente" on the club level. Another offering for 2. $20.
Boar’s Head “Big Game Sub”
Available at all "Boars Head " stands on the 100, 400 levels and the club level. Thrice, for 2. $20.
Footlong Pretzel Dog
Available at "Freeze" on the 100 and 400 levels and GRILL and the "Hot Dog Factory" on the club level. Alas, no sharing this puppy. $10
Super Seafood Cocktail Display (Super Bowl only)
Available on the club level Section 254. $35
The above items will be offered in addition to the 45 concession items available on the regular season game day menus.