03/29/2011 9:50 AM ET
Twins and Delaware North Sportservice Adding More Minnesota Favorites to Target Field Concessions
Local fare remains major focus in ballpark's second season
The Minnesota Twins and food, beverage and retail partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice today introduced a variety of new menu items to an already well-regarded Target Field concessions lineup. In remaining consistent with the inaugural season's emphasis on local fare, the Twins and Sportservice once again sought out unique and delicious foods from Minnesota.
New this season will be a turkey sandwich from Minnesota State Fair and Nicollett Mall food truck purveyor Turkey to Go, the Walk A Taco™ from St. Paul's El Burrito Mercado, the Minneapple Pie from the Cottage Grill just outside the Twin Cities, and two additional Kramarczuk's bratwurst dishes created specially for Target Field by Food Network, a Sportservice partner. The Twins and Sportservice are also introducing a Kosher hot dog cart.
"The Twins are proud of the partnerships established with a growing roster of Minnesota-based signature restaurants and products," Twins President Dave St. Peter said. "We believe the vast menu variety is consistent with our fans' expectations, and we remain committed to ensuring Target Field's food and beverage offerings rate among the most diverse in Major League Baseball."
Last season, Twins fans enjoyed Sportservice-prepared Minnesota favorites such as the Pecos River Red Chili of the Loon Café near Target Field and a steak sandwich inspired by popular downtown Minneapolis steak house Murray's.
All will return in 2011, as will the Vincent Burger at Town Ball Tavern, the expanded Kramarczuk's sausage lineup, Land O' Lakes soft-serve ice cream and several dishes created in collaboration with Twins greats - the Tony Oliva (Tony O's) Cuban Sandwich and the Kent Hrbek version of the Juicy Lucy, the Rex Burger.
"It's all about Minnesota," said Pete Spike, general manager for Sportservice at Target Field. "We're committed to offering fans some of the state's most dynamic and delicious options to enjoy at the ballpark."
New for 2011 are:
Turkey to Go - A mouth-watering taste of the Minnesota State Fair since 1959, the Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich - marinated overnight, served hot and fresh, and pulled from the bone - makes its Minnesota-sports debut in a portable stand behind home plate on the main concourse.
A product of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Turkey to Go also has a popular food truck at Nicollett Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota is the No. 1 turkey-producing state, with 250 farmers raising 45 million turkeys each year.
Sportservice will serve the new signature sandwich at Target Field with the flavor of another local favorite - Ken Davis BBQ Sauce. Ken Davis opened a restaurant in Minneapolis in the late 1960s and developed his signature BBQ sauce in 1972. Today it is available in grocery stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.
The State Fair also served as inspiration for some of Sportservice's inaugural concession stand offerings, including the Walleye on a Spike, J.D. Hoyt's Cajun Pork Chop on a Stick, and Cheese Curds. All are returning in 2011.
Walk A Taco - El Burrito Mercado, a local Mexican favorite in St. Paul's "District del Sol" for more than 30 years, lends this concept - a tortilla-based cone, stuffed with authentic taco ingredients. Owned by the Silva family, El Burrito Mercado has featured its Walk A Taco at countless festivals, including TwinsFest 2011, Taste of Minnesota, Cinco de Mayo and Grand Ol' Days.
El Burrito Mercado will supply the cones, and Sportservice will prepare and serve the Walk A Taco at Target Field's Señor Smoke's locations. Before the selections of flavorful ingredients are stuffed into the cone, they're mixed in a way that provides each bite with an equal balance in taste.
Minneapple Pie - What better to have with baseball than apple pie? Armed with a century-old family recipe, the Atsidakos family developed this individual apple pie in the 1960s at Peter's Grill in Minneapolis and now serves it in the family-run Cottage Grill in Rogers, Minn. It's featured at the State Fair and will now be supplied to Sportservice to serve at Target Field.
Sportservice will serve the Minneapple Pie - apples inside a deep-fried, flaky crust and topped with cinnamon and sugar - in the State Fair Classics stand. For an additional cost, this tasty treat can be topped with another local favorite returning this season, Blue Bunny Ice Cream.
Food Network - Twins fans can enjoy two Food Network takes on the highly-popular Kramarczuk's sausage in addition to the bratwurst, Polish and Hungarian sausages already served at Target Field by Sportservice The new Food Network specialties are a smoked bratwurst with horseradish cream and a wild rice bratwurst with pickled red cabbage and beer mustard.
The sausages will be made fresh daily just one mile away from Target Field at Kramarczuk's and will be served at a Food Network cart at section 114.
Delaware North and Food Network, one of the most popular lifestyle networks on television, began their partnership in March 2010. Last year, Food Network's team of chefs created signature dishes for suite menus in the Major League ballparks at which Sportservice operates. This winter they turned their attention to creating concessions fare that all fans could enjoy.
Hebrew National Hot Dog - For Twins fans seeking a Kosher selection, the Hebrew National Hot Dog comes to Target Field this season. The preparation of the main attraction at Target Field's first kosher hot dog portable cart will be supervised Sunday through Thursday by a Rabbi or one of his representatives. The cart will remain open Friday and Saturday, but in observation of the Sabbath, it will not be supervised. All food items - including bread, condiments and specially packaged soft drinks - fall within kosher standards.
The Twins Brews stand returns in 2011 featuring many local and regional brews, including Summit, Schell's, Finnegan's, Grainbelt Premium and Leinenkugel's. New for 2011 is Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery based in Stillwater, Minn.
Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) returns as the official soft drink provider of Target Field. PBC has the exclusive soft drink pouring and marketing rights in the new stadium for the next four years. PBC is also a sponsor of the TwinsCare outreach program, which provides tickets to children and adults without the economic means to purchase them.
Four different varieties of Schweigert hot dogs return to Target Field:
- The Big Dog - This quarter-pound, all-beef hot dog replaced the Dome Dog. It is served with chips and sold at portable grills and select concession stands.
- The Original Twins Dog - This pork and beef Tenderbite skinless hot dog is the same hot dog that was served at Met Stadium, just a bit bigger. This hot dog is served at select concession stands.
- The Dugout Dog - The pork and beef old-fashioned hot dog with a natural casing will again be served by retro fitted vendors in the stands.
- The Dinger Dog - The pork and beef foot-long hot dog is a skinless hot dog and will be served at select Hennepin Grille locations.
The Twins also continue their partnership with Anheuser-Busch, including the return of the Budweiser Roof Deck, a popular seating section at Target Field. Budweiser has now sponsored the Twins for more than 20 years.
Minneapolis-based coffee company Caribou Coffee returns in 2011 as the official coffee of the Minnesota Twins and Target Field.
Chef Pastor Jimenez, Sportservice's executive chef at Target Field, returns to oversee all concessions and premium dining and supervise a large culinary staff working in several kitchens at the ballpark. Sportservice will once again feature broad menus in Target Field's clubs and suites, including a Food Network menu - Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese, Sausage and Pepper Potato Skins, a number of salads and several other dishes - that will again be available in Target Field's suites.
Target Field's clubs and suites also feature pastries, cakes, and other deserts created onsite by Sportservice Pastry Chef Jamie Caudy. Having a pastry chef on a sports venue's culinary team is believed to be a rarity.
Fans can learn more about Target Field's concessions and dining offerings at www.TasteOfTwinsTerritory.com.
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice has served an impressive collection of sporting events and clients, including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star Games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.
For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.