Kerry Hassen

“Home Plate” Features Traditional and Regional Favorites While Exploring
Emergence of Upscale Cuisine at Sports Venues
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Nov. 14, 2007) – A new special edition cookbook from Delaware North Companies Sportservice offers sports fans their first opportunity to create and savor authentic stadium, arena and ballpark dishes from across the United States and Canada in their own homes.

“Home Plate: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine,” a stylish, 163-page hardback featuring more than 70 recipes, makes its debut this week. The cookbook reflects both Sportservice’s 90-plus years of distinction in sports hospitality and its commitment to culinary excellence.

Among the many palate-pleasing recipes featured in the new cookbook:
  • Buffalo Chicken Wings and Lobster With Butternut Squash Gnocchifrom the Buffalo Sabres’ HSBC Arena
  • Monster of the Midway Chili from the Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field
  • Diego Dogs and Fish Tacos from the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park
  • Portobello Fries and St. Louis Toasted Ravioli from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium
  • Chicago-style Topped Hot Dogs from the Chicago White Sox’ U.S. Cellular Field
  • New England Clam Chowder and Lobster Rolls from the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics’ TD Banknorth Garden
  • Lettuce Wraps and Cleveland Roast Beef Bombers from the Cleveland Indians’ Jacobs Field
  • Fried Cookie Dough from the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ball Park
“As the longest-standing culinary operation in sports, Delaware North Companies Sportservice is constantly seeking new ways to enrich fans’ experiences while preserving traditions that define our pastimes,” said Sportservice president, Rick Abramson. “Wherever you are enjoying the game, whether it is from home, at a tailgate or during a special occasion such as Thanksgiving or a Super Bowl party, ‘Home Plate’ brings the passion and expertise of our accomplished culinary team to your fingertips.”

Corporate chef Rolf Baumann, a certified executive chef who oversees Sportservice’s culinary efforts at more than 50 sports venues, took part in every step of the cookbook’s development, from selecting the recipes to testing them in order to ensure they could be created at home.

“Our chefs have hundreds of recipes that would qualify as great dishes, and it was no easy task to select the best from each ballpark and arena,” Chef Baumann said. “We chose the recipes featured in this book because they show the full breadth of our culinary talent. This book features our high-end dishes, local favorites and ballpark staples. It’s a tribute to the special relationship our company has helped build between food and sports.”

“Home Plate” recipes were edited and tested for home-use by Delaware North Companies Sportservice’s talented chefs. Recipes range from easy to difficult, casual to elegant, and include            mouth-watering, full-color photography.

“Home Plate” is available today at and in select Delaware North Companies Sportservice stadium retail stores.
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.
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, TD Banknorth Garden and American Park ‘n Swap. 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
Sportservice is a registered service mark of Sportservice Corporation. All other service marks and trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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