The ballpark frank may be king of the diamond, but the unassuming nacho isn’t far behind it in popularity. In fact, ARAMARK, the award-winning food and hospitality partner at 11 Major League Baseball stadiums, expects to serve more than one million orders of nachos to hungry baseball fans during the 2012 season.
This year, the nacho enters Opening Day with a new look and greater fan appeal thanks to an “extreme nacho makeover,” courtesy of ARAMARK. ARAMARK chefs spent the off season exploring new ingredient combinations and testing various recipes to come up with a roster of gourmet nachos that is sure to be a home run with fans.
The new-look nacho offers fans fire, ice, and everything in between. Whether it’s Fenway Park’s Kickin’ Chicken Nacho, a take on the spicy Buffalo wing; Angel Stadium’s ice-cold Arctic Nacho, topped with vanilla bean ice cream; or Citi Field’s Pastracho, with the New York deli staple, pastrami, piled high atop fresh fried corn tortilla chips, ARAMARK’s chefs overhauled the nacho to offer fans something different this season.
“Fans tell us it is important to stay true to the roots of baseball classics, but continue to offer a wide array of signature and distinctive menu options at each of our ballparks,” says Marc Bruno, president, ARAMARK sports and entertainment. “Our fans know best, which is why we spend every off season coming up with something new and unique to exceed their expectations.”
As baseball’s premier food and beverage provider, ARAMARK uses consumer insight and takes inspiration from local flavors when creating new menu items each season. Additionally, through its long-time partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, ARAMARK’s chefs are constantly learning and practicing their craft, to remain at the forefront of innovation.
“The tortilla chip is so versatile and provides a canvas for marrying unexpected ingredients and hometown flavors,” says Chris Culver, vice president of food and beverage, ARAMARK sports and entertainment.
“Our chefs had the opportunity to be really creative when making their ballpark’s signature nacho and we’re confident that our new roster of nachos will excite our guests and make their game day experience even more enjoyable.”
Here’s a look at ARAMARK’s signature nacho roster, by ballpark:
Created by Executive Chef Rick Wineman
Created by Executive Chef Robert Flowers
Citizens Bank Park
Created by Senior Executive Chef Glenn Richmond
Created by Executive Chef Craig Luckmann
Created by Senior Executive Chef Ron Abell
Created by Executive Chef Erin Wishon
Minute Maid Park
Created by Executive Chef Jason Kohler
Created by Executive Chef Rodney Nestegard
Created by Executive Chef Rich Montini
Created by Executive Chef Dilup Attygalla
Created by Senior Executive Chef Mike Pappas
Visit www.ballparkfoods.com for a look at the food and beverage programs available at each of ARAMARK’s ballparks this season.
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