When the first pitch is thrown on major league baseball's Opening Day, hungry baseball fans can be sure of one thing, win or lose, their taste buds will be smiling. Aramark, the award-winning food and beverage partner of nine Major League Baseball stadiums, is unveiling its 2015 ballpark menus, which are chock full of ballpark favorites, stadium exclusives and better for you options.
More than 7,000 Aramark associates are eager to welcome fans to the ballpark this year, having spent the off-season doing everything from developing new recipes and designing exclusive souvenirs, to power washing concourses and wiping down counter tops.
"This off season, we set out with one mission: create authentic menus that offer something for everyone and enhance the game day experience," said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark's Sports and Entertainment division. "I'm very proud of the Aramark team, and the work they've done to ensure each of our menus offers something new, classic and better for you."
Aramark partners with nearly 25 celebrity chefs and restaurateurs across its Sports and Entertainment portfolio. This baseball season, Aramark is proud to add two new chefs to its impressive celebrity chef roster, chef and television host, Andrew Zimmern, and chef and restaurateur, Josh Capon.
Best known as host of "Bizarre Foods," Zimmern will make his debut as an Aramark ballpark partner at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, where he will introduce KC Skewers, flat bread sandwiches with choice of fresh all-natural chicken, boneless beef short rib, pork shoulder or lamb kefta, grilled to order.
Capon, executive chef and partner behind Lure Fishbar (NYC and Miami), B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco, in New York City, will roll out a new, gourmet sandwich concept at Citi Field.
Seven of Aramark's partner ballparks were ranked in the top ten most vegetarian-friendly MLB ballparks last season. This year, Aramark is rolling out Food That Fits Your Life, an extension of Aramark Corporation's Healthy For Life platform. The roll out includes enhancing healthy options and making it easier for baseball fans to locate healthier menu items around the ballpark. New better for you options include:
Citi Field, Hain Celestial Natural, Organic and Gluten Free- New stand featuring national, organic and gluten free options including turkey burgers, veggie dogs, organic chips and organic cookies (World Fare Market).
Citizens Bank Park, Gluten-Free Dedicated Stand- Featuring gluten free chicken tenders, hot dogs, pizza, cheesesteaks, pretzels, brownies, cookies and beer (New location, Section 125).
PNC Park, Gluten Free Burrito- Gluten free corn tortilla filled with white rice, black beans, onions and peppers, cheese blend and choice of portabella mushroom or grilled chicken (Section 129).
Aramark partners with 11 Major League Baseball teams to provide food and beverage, retail and/or facilities services -- Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays.