KC American Sportservice Debuts Kansas City-Style Offerings and Barbecue Sauces, and
Food Network Favorites at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 7, 2011) – The chefs at KC American Sportservice, the food and beverage partner for the new state-of-the-art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, have been cooking up menus that will tantalize the taste buds of Sporting KC fans for Opening Day on June 9. On June 7, those same chefs are previewing some of the specialty dishes for Kansas City media.
“We’ve had great fun exploring the local flavors of Kansas City and combining them with favorites from the 50 sports and entertainment venues we serve across the country,” said Jeramie Mitchell, a Sportservice food and beverage director and former regional executive chef. “Sporting KC soccer fans will be delighted when they see the wide variety of general concessions items as well as the premium dining options available at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park’s suites and clubs.”
New Twists on Traditional Favorites
Fans will come from all over to see Sporting KC play in the team’s new home, and now they can enjoy new twists on traditional favorites, as well as the flavors of Kansas City.
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park will serve up a wide variety of food and beverages at 30 portable and permanent concessions stands throughout the new facility. Special Smokehouse stands will feature meats smoked on the premises, such as beef brisket, pulled pork and hickory-smoked ribs, accompanied by a sauce station featuring famous Kansas City barbecue sauces and Sportservice’s own Secret Stadium Sauce.
Hot dogs, pizza, nachos and popcorn – these are just some of the traditional tastes that fans can find at the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park concessions. Many of these concessions feature special themes, such as Kansas City barbecue, southern border and kids’ favorites. In addition, chefs will grill up the KC Strip Steak Sandwich, a 5-ounce strip steak seasoned with a special blend of spices and cooked to order with mushrooms and onions, served on a fresh bakery roll with a bleu cheese spread.
The hot dog lovers at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park can gnosh on the Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog, an all-beef hot dog wrapped with bacon, served on a fresh bakery bun with baked beans, a pickle slice, pico de gallo, spicy Dijon aioli, barbecue sauce and fried tobacco onions.
Premium Dining for the Ultimate Major League Soccer Experience
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park boasts 36 suites and five clubs, all featuring unique premium dining options. In the suites, fans can enjoy Food Network-inspired menu items, such as Buffalo Chicken Mac ’n Cheese – macaroni and cheese tossed with spicy Buffalo chicken and topped with bleu cheese breadcrumbs and baked until crispy; the Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad with Kalamata olives and lemon-feta vinaigrette; and the Slow-Roasted Drunken Pork Sandwich – fork-tender pulled pork in beer sauce, served on a sub roll with a crunchy cabbage-and-celery root slaw. The clubs at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park will feature a wide variety of items, including Lobster Bloody Mary Shooters, Pan-Seared Rosemary Chicken Breast servedwith a Forestiere sauce, and Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche – marinated shrimp and scallops with a tomato-lemon dressing.
“From a dining perspective, the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park is different in that one-third of the park’s menu is premium,” said Jim Cundiff, Sportservice general manager at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. “Fans will enjoy a greater variety and higher quality food choices than they’ve seen in most sporting venues.”
Of the 36 suites, 22 connect to an all-inclusive lounge. The two-level Owner’s Suite features a 1,000-bottle wine cellar and a brick pizza oven, while the Members’ Club offers an indoor tailgating experience that will also be open for away games and other televised soccer events.
About KC American Sportservice
KC American Sportservice is a joint venture of Delaware North Companies Sportservice and American Food & Vending.
About American Food & Vending
A third-generation family-owned company, American Food & Vending has become the on-site dining and vending industry’s fastest-growing and leading company, serving clients in over 35 U.S. cities, including many Fortune 500 companies, educational and cultural institutions, and sports venues. With a unique emphasis on culinary expertise, American has revolutionized the notion of “institutional feeding” to create retail-quality gourmet cuisine for its clients. American’s chefs have won many awards and culinary competitions on the local, regional and national levels. For additional information, please visit www.afvusa.com.
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 has served an impressive collection of sporting events and clients, 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 new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
About Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City is proud to be the only professional sports organization in Kansas City with local ownership. The team’s parent organization, Sporting Club, consists of the following five entrepreneurs in the Kansas City business community: Neal Patterson, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and co-founder of Cerner Corporation; Cliff Illig, vice chairman and co-founder of Cerner Corporation; Robb Heineman, chief executive officer of Sporting Club; Greg Maday, chairman and chief executive officer of SpecChem, LLC and co-founder of Rock Island Capital, LLC; and Pat Curran, founder and principal of C3 Capital, LLC. Sporting Kansas City is currently in its 16th season as a charter member of Major League Soccer and will open the state-of-the-art LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on June 9th.