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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Have you considered going to see the Orioles play in Baltimore at the beautiful Camden Yards, but thought I can't eat anything? Well, how does a crabcake sound?

Nation's Restaurant News tells us:
While hot dogs remain the top food item sold at ballparks -- more than 21 million will be served this season, according to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council -- Aramark, Delaware North and Centerplate have several plans in the works to amp up their concessions, from adding gluten-free and vegetarian fare to introducing entirely new concepts built around local tastes.
Aramark Corp., whose major league clients include the Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets, has expanded the amount of vegetarian and gluten-free fare at all 14 of its ballparks, said David Freireich, a spokesman at the Philadelphia-based company. New gluten-free items will include hot dogs, burgers and even beer.
Additionally, the company will provide a variety of offerings, such as old-fashioned milkshakes, a classic double cheeseburger, grilled bistro chicken sandwiches and homemade kettle corn on this yearÕs menus. In addition, a number of local favorites, including a fully loaded signature hot dog, will be available at each stadium.
Ballpark concessions also will offer new combo meals and value packages, which continue to grow in popularity, Freireich said.
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ARAMARK reports:
For the 2010 season, ARAMARK continues to work with its partners to further incorporate gluten-free items on their menus. Following is a sampling of ARAMARK ballparks where gluten-free fare is available in general concessions.
  • Citi Field (World’s Fare Market): Hot dog and hamburger on gluten-free bun, gluten-free snacks, gluten-free beer.
  • Citizens Bank Park (Section 128): Hot dog on gluten-free bun, gluten-free beer.
  • Coors Field (Section 143): Hot dog, hamburger and chicken sandwich on gluten-free bun, potato chips, cookies and brownies, gluten-free beer.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Charm City Market): Gluten-free crab cake, Asian noodle salad, hummus and vegetables, hot dog and sausage on gluten-free bun, gluten-free beer.
  • Turner Field (Section 112): Grilled sirloin burger served on tapioca-organic rice roll, hot dog on gluten-free bun, potato chips and popcorn, cookies and brownies, gluten-free beer.
Additionally, at ballparks where dedicated gluten-free offerings may not yet be on the menu, fans can contact the ballpark’s concessions manager prior to their visit to make appropriate arrangements and learn more about items that suit their individual diets. Gluten-free food is also readily available in most premium dining areas, such as suites, clubs and restaurants. 
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Readers, I love baseball and thanks to some very aware vendors, we can now enjoy America's favorite past time free of gluten. Now let's PLAY BALL!

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