04.09.2009
 Sportservice’s already broad menus supplemented with veggie, seafood specials on solemn day
Baseball fans of the Catholic faith will have plenty of meatless menu options on Good Friday at ballparks where Delaware North Companies Sportservice provides concessions and premium dining.
 
Catholic doctrine requires adult members to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, on Fridays in Lent and on Good Friday. That means no hot dogs, chicken fingers, pulled pork sandwiches or beef tenderloin.
 
“At every game, we offer fans broad menu options – not just in our clubs and suites, but at regular concessions,” said Sportservice President Rick Abramson. “But for Friday, we’re adding various vegetarian and seafood dishes to ensure Catholic fans have choices that are in keeping with their tradition of abstaining from meat on Good Friday.”
 
In Milwaukee, where the Brewers open their home schedule at Miller Park on Friday against the rival Chicago Cubs, Catholics have been reminded to abstain from hot dogs and highly popular bratwurst and other sausages at Friday’s game.
 
“I think instead of eating the sausages or hot dogs that day, they should say a prayer for the Brewers’ success this season,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan told Milwaukee media earlier this week.
 
No problem. Sportservice’s standard concessions menu at Miller Park includes fish fries, cheese pizza, veggie dogs and wraps, nachos, beer-battered cheese curds, fresh salads, yogurt, fruit, and Asian noodles. Metavante Club diners can opt for Chef Pastor Jimenez’s California-grilled vegetable Panini or hot artichoke-Fontina dip.
 
Among other options Friday, Cleveland Indians fans can hit the new Grab ‘n Go concession stand at Section 162 of Progressive Field for meatless selections such as fresh fruit and veggie cups, yogurt parfaits, vegetable chili, guacamole with whole-grain chops and salmon sliders. These and other “Go! Foods” dishes were developed by Chef James Major to meet nutritional standards set by the world-famous Cleveland Clinic, which has partnered with the Indians and Sportservice on the Progressive Field effort.
 
Go! Foods dishes are also available in the Club Lounge and Terrace Club. For Friday, the clubs at Progressive Field will also feature crab cakes, vegetable tempura, macaroni and cheese, and a raw bar, among other dishes.
 
At PETCO Park, where Sportservice’s fish tacos are a standard concessions favorite for San Diego Padres fans, fish 'n’ chips, shrimp 'n’ chips, shrimp burritos, vegetarian pizza, clam chowder and fruit cups will also be offered Friday when the team takes on the San Francisco Giants. PETCO’s clubs will feature such dishes as Mediterranean tuna antipasto and Baja shrimp Caesar as created by Chef Eric Borgia.
 
In Detroit, Tigers fans can purchase a fish fry at four locations throughout Comerica Park. There is also an array of vegetarian items on the normal menu. Club diners can savor sushi and fish sliders. Cardinals fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis can choose from hand-rolled pretzels, spicy cheese calzones, cheese pizza, garlic Parmesan fries, veggie burgers, veggie burritos and salads, among many meatless options.
 
Sportservice will also have meatless options available for Chicago White Sox fans at U.S. Cellular Field and Reds fans at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Sportservice also provides food service for the Texas Rangers, who visit Detroit on Friday.
 
Fans of the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League can eat fish 'n chips and tuna salad being served up by Sportservice on Friday at Fifth Third Field.
 
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 Game, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.
 
Throughout its 90-year history, 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 50,000 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. 
 
 
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