The Seattle Seahawks and concessions provider Delaware North Sportservice have unveiled new, broader menus for the NFL team's CenturyLink Field that feature several noted tastes of Seattle from a number of local providers.
Sportservice chefs previewed new menu items during a tasting held for members of the regional news media on August 16 in the new Brougham Beer Hall at the stadium. The tasting featured many of the new menu items developed for general concessions by Sportservice for the upcoming Seahawks season, as well as selections from new suite and club menus.
Sportservice had begun operations this past March as the new exclusive food and beverage services provider at CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and the WaMu Theater. "Sportservice has already demonstrated that it will provide excellent quality and a wide variety of food and beverage choices to our fans at CenturyLink Field," says Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin.
The company's culinary team visited dozens of local restaurants and food purveyors to learn more about Seattle and the region's tastes before developing the new menus and food concepts.
"We've really infused the new menus with some of the best tastes of Seattle, focusing on signature items from some well-known local restaurants and fresh, locally-produced ingredients," says Eric Kornbluth, Sportservice's general manager at CenturyLink. "We're looking forward to serving Seahawks fans some great dishes from our local partners."
Among the new signature items on the general concessions menu will be…
Fried Cotto Salami Sandwich from Salumi Artisan Cured Meats - Sportservice will use Salumi's homemade Cotto, flavorful hot salami seasoned with garlic and black peppercorns, served on bread from local bakery Macrina. Located in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square, the Italian deli features an array of gourmet meats and handmade specialties. Husband and wife Armandino and Marilyn Batali opened the storefront in 1999. Since then, Salumi's has grown to be a popular destination for weekday lunch, wholesale meats and event catering.
Smoked BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich from McCoy's Firehouse - Another Pioneer Square eatery, McCoy's operates in a charming, historic brick building that has been standing for more than 120 years. The restaurant, adorned with firefighter memorabilia since opening in 1998, features juicy burgers, hand-cut steaks and crispy chicken wings. Sportservice will serve the brisket sandwich with McCoy's own Firehouse barbeque sauce.
Uli's Famous Sausage - Sportservice will serve a new Tailgater sausage created exclusively for CenturyLink Field by Uli's. It will be made fresh at Uli's location at the Pike Place Market and then grilled and served by Sportservice. Uli Lengenberg, who founded Uli's a few years ago, is a specially trained and certified Meister from Westphalia Germany, an area known locally as "Sausage Country."
Kau Kau's BBQ Pork - Renowned throughout Seattle for its slow-roasted barbeque pork, Kau Kau has been an International District favorite for nearly 40 years. Kau Kau was selected Seattle's best barbeque by Seattle Weekly in 2012 and named one of the top five Asian restaurants in Seattle by Sprudge.com.
Rain Shadow Meats Porchetta Sandwich - The specialty sandwich from the Pioneer Square butcher features slow roasted pork loin and belly, crispy pork skin and sauce verte.
In addition, Sportservice will be using breads and rolls from Macrina Bakery. Macrina has been recognized both locally and nationally for its baking. Other new concessions items that Sporservice is featuring at CenturyLink Field include…
Skewers: A choice of chicken, steak or veggie skewers served with Pike's Place Market-inspired dipping sauces.
Street Tacos: Traditional Mexican-style street tacos served with a variety of salsas.
Dungeness Crab Roll: Fresh local crab served on a Macrina Bakery roll.
Fish Tacos: Made with fresh halibut.
Potacho: A vegetarian marriage of potatoes and nachos.
Along with the many Anheuser Busch made beers, Sportservice will also feature more than 30 different beers throughout the stadium. Among them are many craft beers from Washington State and several from within 20 miles of the stadium: Georgetown Brewing Company's Manny's Pale Ale, Mac & Jack's, Dick's Brewing Company 12th Man, Fremont Brewing Company's Universal Pale Ale, and Elysian Brewing Company's Men's Room Original Red.The new Brougham Beer Hall, located on the main concourse at the southwest corner of the stadium, will feature 14 different beers on tap, as well as a selection of wines, including these wines from the region: Chateau Ste Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay, DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc, and Browne Family Vinyards Cabernet Sauvignon.
A wide variety of new dishes have enhanced the suite menus at CenturyLink Field, including fresh seafood from local purveyors for a Seafood Sampler, an Antipasti with locally sourced fresh cured meats, and a Pacific Northwest-ingredient focused salad. Sportservice chefs will keep food fresh for guests by serving this cuisine continuously from the kitchen in small plates.
Sportservice has implemented its GuestPath customer service program as well as its GreenPath environmental management program to help make CenturyLink Field's operations as environmentally friendly as possible.
Sportservice operates at more than 50 sporting and entertainment venues, including 26 in major professional sports for 28 different franchises.