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Friday
Aug162013

Seahawks and Sportservice Add More Local Flavor and Variety to Game Day Menus

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks and Sportservice today unveiled new, broader CenturyLink Field menus that feature several celebrated tastes of Seattle from Salumi Artisan Cured Meats, McCoy's Firehouse, Kau Kau and Uli's Famous Sausage.

Sportservice chefs previewed new menu items during a tasting held for members of the regional news media Friday in the new Brougham Beer Hall at CenturyLink Field. 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.

In March, Sportservice began operations 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," said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin.

Sportservice'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," said Eric Kornbluth, Sportservice's general manager at CenturyLink Field. "We're looking forward to serving Seahawks fans some great dishes from our local partners."

These new signature items will be among the menu items available in general concessions:

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 historic and charming 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 Famous Sausage. The sausage 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. In 2011, Bon Appetit named Macrina one of the top 10 best bread bakeries in America. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Macrina received the Reader's Choice for "Best Bakery" in Seattle Magazine.

Other new concessions items that Sporservice is featuring at CenturyLink Field include the following: 

  • 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 customer service program, GuestPath®, as well as its environmental management program, GreenPath®, to help make CenturyLink Field's operations as environmentally friendly as possible.

Sportservice has developed a strong reputation in the industry for its culinary expertise and innovative concessions concepts. Part of Delaware North Companies, a leading global hospitality and food service provider, Sportservice operates at more than 50 sporting and entertainment venues, including 26 in major professional sports for 28 different franchises.

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Sportservice provides 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. 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.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. 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 Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 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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