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2008-03-31 03:00:00

Delaware North Companies Sportservice to Provide Baseball Fans With Vast Variety of Food Choices on Opening Day and Beyond

Destination-Style Carts Feature Customizable Fare, Including Loaded Bak

BUFFALO, NY–( EMWNews – March 31, 2008) –

[CORE NEWS FACTS]

As the countdown to Opening Day draws near, Delaware North Companies

Sportservice, the nation’s first sports concessionaire, is upping its game

in concessions and fine dining operations at some of the nation’s most

beloved ballparks. This year, Sportservice chefs are focused on enhancing

fans’ experiences through more innovative and “experiential,” high-quality

cooking than ever before, and entirely new “destination” carts will allow

fans to customize their dishes to perfection.

At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, fans will enjoy the new Asian action cart,

where they can select their favorite hand-sliced meats and fresh vegetables

before chefs stir-fry their dish and serve it up with chopsticks in a chow

mein container. At Miller Park in Milwaukee, Brewers fans will be able to

load their fresh baked potatoes as they watch players load the bases. The

park’s new baked potato cart features a selection of tasty toppings for

fans to customize their spuds with — including steamed broccoli, cheddar

cheese, savory beef, spicy chipotle chicken, sour cream and hearty bacon.

And for Texas Rangers fans, Sportservice is spicing up the menu at the

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, which will offer a brand-new, made-to-order

burrito stand.

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Attributable to Rolf Baumann, corporate chef, Delaware North Companies

Sportservice.

“With fare that’s infused with fun, flavor and local flair, a variety of

delicious destination carts have been added to Sportservice-operated

ballparks,” said Rolf Baumann, executive chef, Delaware North Companies

Sportservice. “We’ve invested in and designed each cart to be a

show-stopper. These new areas allow fans to customize their culinary

experience and walk away with a one-of-a-kind creation that fits individual

dietary needs and preferences. Fans can even watch as their dish is being

created, so they’ll be able to enjoy all of the sights, sizzling sounds and

savory aromas that go along with it.”

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Attributable to Rick Abramson, president, Delaware North Companies

Sportservice.

“Our chefs and food and beverage professionals are constantly striving to

provide innovative, fresh fare that appeals to traditional palates as well

as to fans following specific culinary trends,” said Rick Abramson,

president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice, who began his career as

a Sportservice vendor at Milwaukee County Stadium for the Milwaukee Brewers

in the 1970’s. “In our experience, we know fans can hardly wait to get

their hands on their first hot dog of the season, but as the season

continues, they seek more adventurous options at the ballpark. Sportservice

is here to ensure their game-day experience is filled with a variety of

fun-filled, high-quality fare — whether it’s traditional or

trend-inspired.”

[ADDITIONAL NEWS FACTS]

In fact, Sportservice chefs spend their off-season perfecting new dishes to

embrace evolving culinary trends. Many of these dishes have been captured

in “Home Plate: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine,” the company’s second

cookbook, which debuts this year in Sportservice-operated ballparks. During

the 2008 season, fans will enjoy a variety of these well-researched,

high-quality dishes, some of which are detailed below:

Arlington — Texas Rangers — Rangers Ballpark at Arlington

Looking to spice up menu offerings at the Rangers Ballpark at Arlington in

2008, Sportservice has invested in a new burrito stand, featuring

made-to-order burritos. A brand-new, all-you-can-eat seating area offers

fans a variety of culinary options, including favorites such as piping-hot

nachos, hot dogs, ice-cold colas and fresh roasted peanuts. At the

“Rawlings All American Grille,” fans can dine on

beer-battered onion rings, tender pulled pork, French dip sandwiches, fresh

fruit parfaits or desserts that two can share. At the Cuervo Club, fans can

nosh on garden-fresh chef or spicy Thai salads, handmade panini or fresh

fish sandwiches. And suite menus offer mini corn dogs, vine-ripened-tomato

bruschetta, Great American salads, southern-fried chicken and home-style

“mac and cheese.”

Chicago — White Sox — US Cellular Field

At the new “Comiskey Dogs-Chicago Style” stand, the famous Chicago-Style

Hot Dog will be joined by its

foot-long cousin, the Super Comiskey, featuring all of the Chicago-Style

Hot Dog’s fixin’s on a longer dog. Rounding out the traditional offerings

are hot roasted peanuts from a special on-site peanut roaster; fish

sandwiches, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches; and savory Greek sausages.

Fans can also enjoy two ballpark hot dogs for the price of one within one

hour of the gates opening.

Cincinnati — Reds — Great American Ball Park

Fried cookie dough, a favorite featured in ” Home Plate,” will make a

strong showing at the ballpark this season, along with unique and healthy

touches like hot roasted peanuts and almonds, made-to-order fruit

smoothies, hot-off-the-popper caramel corn and juicy turkey burgers. Other

new concession items include savory garlic fries and LaRosa’s calzones — a

regional favorite. Sportservice will also present a new suite menu that

keeps fans’ favorites and adds tasty new items, such as beef or chicken

fajitas and black pepper- and garlic-encrusted beef tenderloin. In

addition, Sportservice is adding the Montgomery Inn’s nationally popular

ribs to the ballpark menu; they join the brand’s increasingly popular

pulled pork sandwiches — both are prepared using Montgomery Inn’s

award-winning BBQ sauce.

Cleveland — Indians — Progressive Field

The delectable cuisine at Progressive Field is mom-approved and features

earth-friendly serve-ware. Kids can show their team spirit with the Tribe

Pride Slider — a half cherry red, half blue raspberry Sno Kone, named

after the team’s fuzzy, fuchsia-colored mascot, Slider. Making its debut

straight from the pages of “Home Plate” is the Cleveland Bomber, with

Italian-style beef, mozzarella cheese and sweet or hot peppers. Comfort

food will be king with the newest of five concession stands featuring

hand-dipped milkshakes (in vanilla, chocolate and chocolate-banana) and

Slider Super Burgers and Slider Mini Burgers with secret “special sauce.”

Grill carts will sizzle with smoky Italian sausages, kosher hot dogs,

Polish sausages smothered in onions and peppers, and local favorites —

pirogues and kielbasas. Fans will also enjoy an upscale picnic menu on the

party deck featuring

southern-fried chicken, Montgomery Inn pulled pork, corn on the cob, sliced

watermelon and homemade potato salad. Sportservice is also utilizing an

expanded selection of environmentally friendly serve-ware, including

biodegradable corn-resin cups and napkins, and trays made from

post-consumer recyclable material.

Detroit — Tigers — Comerica Park

Sportservice chefs at Comerica Park are offering a renewed focus on

heart-healthy cuisine with new offerings like fresh veggie sushi, plenty of

juicy fruit, meatless taco salads and made-to-order pastas. Traditional

tastes include home-style pirogues with fresh sour cream, onions and

applesauce; savory bratwursts; Dippin’ Dots; spicy-hot Buffalo Wild Wings;

and Hebrew National Kosher Dogs.

Milwaukee — Brewers — Miller Park

Fans’ heads will turn with the upscale, healthy and freshly prepared menu

additions, including hand-carved sandwiches and made-to-order stir-fry and

pasta on the club level. A new, hot roasted peanut cart joins the new,

baked potato cart, where fans can pick from broccoli, cheese, beef,

chipotle chicken, sour cream and bacon toppings. For a true taste of

Wisconsin, fans can nosh on Kettle Brau cheese curds battered in

Leinenkugle beer. Fan favorites from 2007, including lip-smacking cheese

fries served in a Brewers helmet, mouthwatering nachos grande, buttery

Super Pretzels and specialty and craft beers, will also be back. Of course,

Sportservice’s Secret Stadium Sauce (created by Abramson himself) on sausages,

also represented in “Home Plate,” will continue to tempt Brewers fans this

season.

St. Louis — Cardinals — Busch Stadium

Sportservice has invested in three side-by-side carts to provide fans with

more action-cooking than ever on the main level. At Gate One, fans can

check out the new Asian action cart, which allows them to select from fresh

beef, chicken and veggies, then have it stir-fried with rice or noodles and

served with chopsticks in a chow mein container. Next, the new fry action

station will make seasoned fries in garlic-Parmesan, Cajun and

chili-cheese, alongside a brand-new peanut roaster, harkening back to the

olden days. In the Red Bird Club, fans can indulge in eight flavors of

creamy gelato, an Italian-style ice cream, or a cupcake bar with

made-from-scratch cupcakes. On the lighter side, fans can choose from

veggie burritos, grilled chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers and

garden-fresh salads and wraps. In the exclusive luxury suites, baseball

enthusiasts can dine on gourmet cuisine like spicy tuna and California crab

sushi rolls;

Italian-influenced antipasto spidini skewers; fried artichokes stuffed with

feta cheese; salsiccia from St. Louis’ famed Italian neighborhood, “The

Hill;” pizza with spinach and artichokes; and two new comfort foods with a

twist

— turkey-BLT sliders and patty melts on rye. According to Abramson, fans

will still be able to capture their first juicy hot dog at the stadium this

year, as the hot dog carts will also be prevalent this season.

San Diego — Padres — PETCO Park

Succulent southwestern options serve as the basis for PETCO Park’s unique

menu, featuring local favorites like Rubio’s fresh fish tacos and Randy

Jones’ BBQ. Healthy options like veggie dogs, veggie burgers, vegetarian

burritos, veggie sushi, edamame and fresh fruit salad, along with

traditional ballpark fare like bratwursts and the veggie-topped Diego Dogs

(recipe available in “Home Plate”), can also be found at PETCO Park. PETCO

Park’s new loaded ticket offers fans the best of everything — with ticket

options ranging from all-you-can-eat concessions included — to tickets

with a stored value of $20 for purchasing concessions and merchandise.

[MULTIMEDIA]

Flickr photographs: Sportservice chefs, gourmet cuisine and

traditional favorites

YouTube:

Behind-the-scenes tour of a ballpark kitchen where Sportservice

operates

[LINKS]

Delaware North Companies Sportservice Opening Day 2008 Media

Kit

Major League Baseball

“Home Plate”

Biography of Rick Abramson

Biography of Rolf Baumann

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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 is the provider of choice for an impressive

client roster 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 healthier food

selections and creative cuisine to twists on traditional fare and new

organic options, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan

experience.

About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food

service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North

Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment,

Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North

Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware

North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North

Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United

States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually, and 40,000 associates

serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United

Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit

www.DelawareNorth.com.

For more information, contact:
Kristin Gumper
314-469-3500

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