With Labor Day in the rearview, it’s go-time for the NFL’s regular season. That, of course, means it’s also go-time Delaware North Sportservice – the food, beverage and/or retail partner for nine NFL teams.
Over the past few weeks, several Delaware North Sportservice teams have given local media a sneak peek at what’s new for the 2016 season. Here’s a brief look at a few of the more recent previews:
New Options at New Era Field
The Buffalo Bills have a new name for their stadium, and a new slate of food options to go with it.
With a focus on local favorites and local ingredients, Executive Chef Steven Marra rolled out new concession items including Yancey’s Fancy Grilled Cheese, a double-decker sandwich made with maple cheddar bacon cheese and comes with a stick of Applewood bacon skewered on top. A Battered Polish Corndog and the Pretzel Parka (a Sahlen’s hot dog served in a salted pretzel wrap) are also new additions this season.
Marra and his team also hit a new trend with sports fans — offering healthy options at the stadium. The Wok Zone Stir-Fry will be available in the general concessions area, while Chicken Lettuce Wraps and a New York Salad are new additions to the suite level.
Twists on Midwest classics arrive at Lambeau
Bacon, bratwurst and cheese curds will be the name of the game in Green Bay this season. Packers fans love their Midwestern staples, so Executive Chef Heath Barbato and his team found innovative ways to recreate classic dishes. New at Lambeau Field concession stands this year will be the Hail Mary Brat – a footlong bratwurst sausage with Bloody Mary drink seasonings and toppings – and the Jalapeno Popper Brat, which also features a footlong brat but comes topped with jalapeno peppers and cheese.
The Pig Skin (pictured at right) offers fans a classic baked potato, with bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, chili and chives — but is also wrapped in more bacon for good measure. Bacon is also paired with another Wisconsin favorite, cheese curds, for Bacon-Crusted Cheese Curds and Loaded Bacon-Crusted Cheese Curds, which is topped with chili, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives.
The innovation doesn’t stop with the food. Packers fans can now opt to order their food in the Grub Tub, a dish that attaches to the top of a drink container so both the food and drink can be carried in one hand.
Variety is key to victory at MetLife
Fans heading to MetLife Stadium (home of the New York Jets and New York Giants) will have no shortage of new menu items. Executive Chef Eric Borgia not only looked to nearby New York City for inspiration while creating this year’s menu; he also added a bit of international flavor.
New offerings include Global Pies (empanadas with traditional and non-traditional flavor profiles), the Barbeque Shack (with barbeque ribs and smoked sausage), Ester’s Seafood Shack (featuring oysters, clams, mussels and shrimp cocktail) and classic New York-style Topped Dogs (customized hot dogs with create-your-own toppings and creations).
Aside from the Bills, Packers, Giants and Jets, Delaware North Sportservice also provides food, beverage and/or retail services for the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks.