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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.

Thursday
Jun132013

Seahawks to Implement Improved Public Safety Policy at CenturyLink Field

View: Public Safety and Stadium Access Policy FAQ

RENTON, Wash. – In partnership with the NFL and the other 31 teams, the Seahawks announced today new measures designed both to enhance public safety and expedite entry into CenturyLink Field and Event Center on Seahawks gamedays. The policy will limit the size of bags, packages and containers fans can bring into the stadium.

“I want to thank Seahawks fans in advance for their assistance and flexibility,” said Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin. “Fan safety remains our highest priority. To help with the transition, we will provide an approved vinyl bag to all season ticket holders to help adjust to the new policy and provide clear guidelines on what is permissible to bring into the stadium.”

Starting at the Seahawks first home preseason game on Saturday, August 17 and throughout the season, fans may carry only the following style and size bag, package, or container into CenturyLink Field or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry.

• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com).

• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

• Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

• An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

In recent years the Seahawks have enhanced its already comprehensive safety plans with additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and hand held metal detectors.

“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.”

This public safety measure is being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not permit any bags, while the TD Garden in Boston only permits clutch bags.

Working personnel, including media, will continue to enter CenturyLink Field through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect at all NFL stadiums.

For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

Thursday
Mar212013

CenturyLink Field to Host World Cup Qualifier on June 11

SEATTLE, Wash. – U.S. Soccer announced today the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Panama will be played on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday, June 11. Kickoff for the match is at 6:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone (800-745-3000) and the CenturyLink Field Box Office.

The seating configuration for the U.S. versus Panama match will be capped at 42,000 fans in consideration of traffic and parking concern. The Seattle Mariners host the Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m.

“Going to Seattle for a World Cup Qualifier was very high on our list because of the fantastic atmosphere,” said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “It was a no brainer. We knew we had to go to Seattle and the sooner the better because it will hopefully give us an advantage in our game.”

The U.S. National Team previously played one World Cup Qualifier in Seattle, beating Canada 2-0 on October 20, 1976, in front of a crowd of 17,675 at the Kingdome. CenturyLink Field previously hosted the U.S. National Team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005 and 2009.

U.S. Men’s National Team in Seattle:
* The last time the USA played at CenturyLink (formerly known as Qwest Field) was on July 4, 2009, during a 4-0 victory against Grenada in the opener of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

* The USA is 6-2-1 all-time in Washington and has won five straight.

* The 4-0 margin of victory in the MNT's last outing at CenturyLink Field tied for its largest margin of victory in the state of Washington, the MNT also beat Honduras 4-0 on March 2, 2002 at SAFECO Field.

* The U.S. is currently on a five-game winning streak in Seattle, outscoring its opponents 16-1 in goal differential during that span.

* In the 4-1 victory against Cuba in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, current MNT veterans Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley each tallied goals.

* Out of all the home venues for World Cup Qualifying, CenturyLink is the only one in which the MNT has played in more than once and never lost or tied, with a record of 4-0-0 while playing at the home of MLS side Seattle Sounders FC.

Thursday
Jan312013

Seahawks and Sounders FC to Expand Retail Store at CenturyLink Field

RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks and Sounders FC announced today the expansion of the team's Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field. The store will close to the public starting Saturday, February 2. Renovations are planned to be completed and the store reopened by mid-June.
 
Fans are invited to visit the downtown Pro Shop located at 410 Pike Street or shop online through the team's websites at Seahawks.com or SoundersFC.com. On Sounders FC match days, fans will find temporary retail kiosks adjacent to the existing location.
 
The build-out more than doubles the store's size from 3,000 to 7,400 square feet to meet the demand from Seahawks and Sounders FC fans. The open layout will feature new team lifestyle sections, a custom Sounders FC scarf wall and a New Era Seahawks hat wall.
 
"The expansion will help us create a more positive shopping experience for Seahawks and Sounders FC fans in addition to offering more product choices and a speedier checkout," said Seahawks and Sounders FC President Peter McLoughlin. "In addition to increasing the number of permanent registers, fans will also have the option of mobile checkout."
 
The retail locations feature a wide variety of Seahawks and Sounders FC team merchandise from apparel providers such as Nike, New Era and adidas and includes authentic jerseys, outerwear, hats, household items and sports jewelry, along with women's and children's clothing.

Wednesday
Dec192012

Holiday Recipe 2012 - Fava Bean Hummus

Recipe from Executive Chef Jon T. Severson

Fava Bean Hummus

1 tbls – reggiano cheese, grated
½ tsp – kosher salt
½ tsp – cracked black pepper
2 tsp – lemon juice, fresh
1 pound – fava beans, cleaned, blanched
¼ pound – baby arugula, cleaned
¼ cup – extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp – garlic, finely chopped

Serves 4-6 people

Method of Preparation
To begin, make sure the outer layer is removed from the fava beans. Blanch the beans in boiling water for 1 minute and place in ice water to bring temperature down. Drain completely and combine the beans, arugula, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil in a food processor, puree until smooth, but slightly chunky. Next, transfer the mixture to a stainless steel bowl, mix in the reggiano and lemon juice by hand. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with grilled pita, fresh vegetables or your favorite dippers.

Enjoy!