June 2011

What John and Cait Ate…Celebrate America with America’s Pastime!

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate:

Celebrate America with America’s Favorite Pastime!

$1 Hot Dogs on July 4th, plus the Red, White & Blue Steak Sandwich

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

This week, Chef John treated us to some special Food Network Sandwiches and a tried-and-true concession all-star, the hot dog, as we prepare to spend Independence Day at Miller Park.

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Signature Steak Sandwich:

Food Network’s Red, White & Blue Steak Sandwich- $10.50


Food Network and Delaware North/Sportservice paired up this season to introduce a Food Network signature steak sandwich – plus additional steak sandwiches celebrating local flavors – in concessions at select Major League ballparks. Last season, Food Network menu items were served in premium areas of ballparks where Sportservice operates food and beverage services, but the steak sandwiches represent the first foray for Food Network into general concessions at ballparks.

The Food Network signature Red, White & Blue Steak Sandwich comes on a French demi baguette and is topped with Maytag blue cheese, sweet and spicy Peppadew-pepper mayonnaise, and potato stix. It is currently available at eight ballparks: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Progressive Field in Cleveland, Comerica Park in Detroit, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Texas, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Petco Park in San Diego, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and Milwaukee’s very own, Miller Park.

John:  I was very excited to try this sandwich because I have heard a lot of good things about it. I definitely was not disappointed.  I love blue cheese and the peppadew-pepper mayo was a great compliment. The mayo gave the sandwich just the right amount of kick for a great flavor. The cut of the meat was tender and flavorful while at the same time very easy to eat. It was cooked to a perfect medium temperature. The fresh, French demi-baguette on which the sandwich was served also complemented the entire sandwich. It wasn’t very messy, but you might not want to take it on the run. It would be best enjoyed while at your seat. I wouldn’t miss this one, as it reminded me of something from a restaurant.

Cait:  I feel like a broken record, but again let me add in the disclaimer that I am not the biggest red meat fan in the world. However, once again, I surprised myself by liking this sandwich as much as I did. The steak is a culotte cut and it is as tender as can be–just what you’d want on a sandwich and the peppadew-pepper mayo had a bite to it that was cut perfectly by the blue cheese. The potato stix lend a surprise to the tastebuds, adding to the overall textural experience of this sandwich. It is definitely worth a trip out to the Plaza to find this sandwich, where you’ll also get to smell the steak cooking over the grill.

Rating:

    (out of 5)

 

Next up…

Food Network’s Milwaukee Steak Sandwich- $10.50

At each of the eight ballparks that serve the Red, White and Blue sandwich, Sportservice is also serving a Food Network steak sandwich reflecting the tastes of that region. Here in Milwaukee, that means the steak is doused with sharp and hoppy beer cheese!

John: This was the same cut of meat and same delicious roll, but with a different taste. This one had more “kick” as it was topped with jalapenos, a little too much spice for my liking. The homemade cheese sauce had good consistency and flavor throughout. A very creative idea from the Food Network as the beer cheese flavor screams Milwaukee!

Cait:  The Food Network really knows how to say Milwaukee on a bun, or excuse me, a French demi-baguette!  This sandwich utilizes the same cut of meat and bun as the Red, White and Blue Sandwich, but adds a beer and sharp cheddar cheese sauce that is made in-house. The sandwich is topped with jalapenos that give just the right amount of kick without being overpowering. Thanks for the great combination, Food Network! Oh, and can you say “Hi” to Marc Summers for me? I’ve liked him since the Double Dare days and I thoroughly enjoy Unwrapped!

Rating:

(out of 5)

 

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Both of these sandwiches are available at the Plaza Grill outside Miller Park in the right-field corner. A somewhat “hidden gem” at Miller Park, the Plaza Grill is a great place for a pregame meal and some fresh air.  There is plenty of picnic table seating (along with a number of hightop tables) so you can enjoy your meal. Some of the seats are also in the shade for those really hot summer afternoons. The Plaza Grill also has the BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, along with the Racing Sausage Kabobs, the winner of our “Create-a-Concession Contest”;  and “The Bomber”–both items which will be featured in upcoming editions of “What John and Cait Ate.”  Stay tuned for our review or try them yourself!

Note: For those curious (and also for members of the Brewers Road Crew), here is a look at the other ballparks’ specialty sandwiches: Cincinnati’s is topped with a bourbon-spiked BBQ sauce and smoked cheddar cheese; Cleveland’s version has sauerkraut and Bertman’s brown Polish mustard; Detroit’s features tangy banana pepper mayonnaise and feta cheese; the Texas sandwich is topped with a smoky charred salsa verde; St. Louis comes with St. Louis-style BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese; San Diego’s is topped with spicy Kimchi and a touch of mayonnaise; and the Baltimore version is served with a special Old Bay-infused steak sauce.

 

Also, if you’re planning on traveling to Minnesota for the series this weekend, make sure you check out the two Food Network takes on the highly-popular Kramarczuk’s sausage already served by Sportservice there: a smoked bratwurst with horseradish cream and a wild rice bratwurst with pickled red cabbage and beer mustard.

 

Now last, but CERTAINLY not least…

Hot Dog- Just $1 on July 4th! (Reg. $3.25)

Remember the jingle: “What do we love, America? We love baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet!”?

Well, that’s certainly true and this Fourth of July, you can celebrate America with America’s Favorite Pastime by coming out for the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game at 3:10pm, plus, you’ll enjoy good ole’ Klement’s hot dogs for just $1 each!

Chew on this: On an average game, Chef John tells us that we sell 2500-3000 hot dogs, but on a $1 dog game, we average almost one per person. During our Spring Madness weekend, for example, we sold 96,000 hot dogs over those three games!

One other interesting fact that we learned from Chef John is that in all Sportservice ballparks, the hot dog is the number one concession…except at Miller Park. Here at Miller Park, in the concession race at least, the hot dog comes in second to the brat.

John: I love America, I love the Fourth of July and I love baseball. To me, nothing says those three things like a simple hot dog.  One of my favorite things about a Miller Park hot dog? The Secret Stadium sauce. I can remember going to County Stadium when I was little and always getting Stadium Sauce on my hot dog. To this day, I can’t enjoy a Miller Park hot dog without the Secret Stadium sauce. If you have ever been to a Brewers game, chances are you have tried it, but if you haven’t tried it, you are definitely missing out.

Cait: Ah, the hot dog. Do I really have to describe the hot dog to you? Unless you’re a vegetarian, chances are pretty good that you’ve already had one here at Miller Park. Despite all of the unique and wonderfully delicious food items we have here at Miller Park, there is just something to be said about a hot dog at the ballpark. I don’t typically eat hot dogs, but inside the park, it is distinctly American and just feels right. And at the $1 price, you really can’t beat it! Take your family picnic to the park this holiday and let Prince and the Crew put on their own private fireworks display for you and 40,000 of your closest friends!

Rating:


(out of 5)

 

Note: For those of you scoring at home, race-wise, Brat wears his rank, #1, in the Klement’s World Famous Sausage Race, but Hot Dog sports #4.

Speaking of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, you’ll also want to come out on Sunday, July 10 for the Brewers vs. Reds game at 1:10pm. All fans in attendance will get this special Hot Dog Racing Sausage Bobble, presented by Klement’s Sausage to add to their collections!

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, have a safe and happy holiday and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Prince Fielder’s Brewers Bowl-A-Thon Raises over $28,000 for Milwaukee’s YMCA Young Leaders Academy

Last night at the iPic Bowling Center at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Prince Fielder welcomed 150 Brewers fans to bowl with him and a number of his Brewers teammates.  Prince Fielder’s Brewers Bowl-A-Thon raised over $28,000 for Milwaukee’s YMCA Young Leaders Academy.  The money will benefit the YMCA Reading Program and its Young Leaders Academy to will help build the “Brewers Dugout,” aimed at children in k4-3rd grades with the goal of fostering a love of reading in the students.

Prince Fielder 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

Prince Fielder at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon last night at the iPic Entertainment Center in Milwaukee

“It’s all about the kids,” Fielder said.  “I’m happy to be able to help make this opportunity to them.  Reading is so important to them building their future and the YMCA is giving them an opportunity to build a good future.  We are just going to have fun tonight with the kids.”

Randy Wolf at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

Randy Wolf at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon last night at the iPic Entertainment Center in Milwaukee

A  number of Brewers players including LaTroy Hawkins, Randy Wolf, Jonathan Lucroy, Mark DiFelice, Kameron Loe, Marco Estrada and Chris Narveson bowled alongside Fielder.  It was funny to watch some of the players bowl with their opposite hands throughout the night (we need to protect those arms!).  Even with the opposite hand, many players were putting up high numbers.

LaTroy Hawkins at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

LaTroy Hawkins bowls left-handed at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon last night.

The 2009 Brewers Bowl-A-Thon top bowler, Mark DiFelice, was nearing a 200 game (left-handed of course) before the Famous Racing Hot Dog snuck in and bowled his final frame.  DiFelice was a little upset as he was looking to take back his title after taking 2010 off, but still managed a score of above 185.

Prince FIelder participates in the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

Prince Fielder normally doesn't like strikes, but last night he was looking for them!

Ryan Braun and Craig Counsell also attended the event, posed for pictures and talked to fans, but did not bowl.

The iPic Bowling Center was a perfect location for this as it allowed the players and participants to interact.  A group of kids from the Young Leaders Academy (Northside Campus) also participated in the bowling.  The kids had smiles on their faces all night as they were able to hang out with some of their Brewers heroes.

Davey Nelson, Mark DiFelice and his fiance, Lauren

Dave Nelson (left) interviews Mark DiFelice (center) and his fiance, Lauren.

A special thanks to Katina Shaw, Erica Bowring, Cecelia Gore, Meredith Malone and Joan Enters of the Brewers front office for their hard work in organizing and promoting what turned out to be a great event.  A special thanks as well goes out to the emcee of the evening, Davey Nelson.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…Green Week!

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

Last homestand, we were really excited to introduce a new series to you: What John and Cait Ate.

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

At Miller Park, it’s easy eating Green.

Today, at our meeting with Chef John, we were treated to the organic, grass-fed hamburger and a couple of eco-friendly grab and go salads in honor of Green Week at Miller Park.

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Organic Grass-Fed Hamburger- $6


This organic hamburger is a special menu item that was brought in to Miller Park especially for Green Week. The beef is locally distributed by Organic Prairie Family of Farms of La Farge, Wisconsin. The hamburgers come from cows that are fed 100% natural, pesticide-free feed.

John:   I love a good burger and generally shy away from burgers while at ballparks because they often don’t sit well. This burger was pretty good and tasted fresh. The leaner cut of meat still had good flavor and for even more, you’ll want to add some famous Secret Stadium sauce. I find it really cool to know that the burger comes from Wisconsin. Wisconsin people have a lot of pride and knowing that the burger came thanks to the hard-working farmers of the state is reason enough to try it!

Cait: The organic hamburger is available this week only, so it is definitely worth a try! As I noted in my last post, I am not a huge fan of red meat, but with this burger, I could definitely taste a difference. It was not as greasy as your average hamburger. Chef John informed me that I was correct–this meat is a little leaner since there is not as much saturated fat as in a regular burger. Without that extra marbling, the meat tends to get a little dryer, so Chef John noted that this burger is best served medium rare.

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: This burger is available at the diners on the Field Level behind Sections 108 and 126 (pictured below), on the Loge Level behind Sections 211 and 226, on the Club Level outside of Section 316 and on the Terrace Level, outside Sections 413 and 429.

Next up…

Chicken Caesar Salad- $8.50


This salad is your traditional Chicken Caesar Salad, with crisp lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons and generous strips of grilled chicken. This salad is not new to Miller Park, but it deserves a mention during Green Week because, although this salad is technically not completely organic, some of its ingredients are. In addition, the box that it comes in is eco-friendly; it is made from recycled materials.

John: Full disclosure…One of my  first summer jobs was making Caesar salads at many of the Milwaukee-area festivals. To this day, Caesar salads take me back to those summer days and making sure that “the right amount of dressing and parmesan cheese was on every piece of lettuce.” Now I’m at the ballpark doing a different job and sometimes I’m here looking for a little change in diet from the regular ballpark fare. nce in a while, I might try something I wouldn’t normally have at the ballpark or I might just need that serving of greens. This simple classic will do the trick and hopefully the parmesan cheese and dressing is spread evenly!

Cait:  Did you know that we serve salads at Miller Park outside of the all-inclusive areas, NYCE Stadium Club or Suites? Well, I will admit that I didn’t and I must say that it is really nice to know that there are some healthier options available here for those that are looking. Personally, however, even if I am trying to be “good,” if I am going to the ballpark, I will typically give myself permission to indulge a little and make up for it by eating better at other meals or mixing in an extra yoga class. Thus, this salad–although very good and very refreshing–probably wouldn’t be high on my must-eat list. So many ballpark foods, so little time!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Note: We recognize that rating this salad as “On par with the Brat,” according to our rating scale is a little ironic, but in doing so, we just mean that while it tastes good, overall it is a pretty simple item.

Spinach & Romaine Salad- $7.50

The Spinach & Romaine Salad is new to Miller Park this year and it is so much more than just spinach and romaine! Ingesting this medley of spinach, romaine, walnuts, bacon, gorgonzola cheese and tomatoes topped with a refreshing raspberry vinaigrette dressing will make you feel like you’re at a chic bistro downtown instead of in the bleachers down the left-field line. Like the Chicken Caesar Salad, some of the ingredients included are organic and the box that it comes in is eco-friendly.

John: This salad had a little more flavor than the traditional Caesar. It had the look and taste of something you wouldn’t expect to find at a ballpark. Anytime you toss gorgonzola cheese and bacon on a salad (which is pretty often for me), I’m in! This would be a nice light meal for a hot day game at Miller Park.

Cait: Summer on a plate, or rather, in an eco-friendly box! Although there was nothing wrong with the Chicken Caesar Salad, I felt like it was your average Caesar salad–it didn’t have the special flair that many other items at Miller Park do. On the flip side, this salad definitely stood out to me as one of the better salads I have had in a long time, anywhere. It is also a nice alternative to traditional ballpark fare and a nice way to get in your greens, especially during Green Week!

Rating:


(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Both of these salads are available at the Grab and Go Stations behind Section123 on the Field Level concourse and Section 343 on the Club Level.


Note: The Grab and Go stations deserve a little shout-out of their own. If you’ve been booking it past this little refrigerated stand on your way to hunt down your Pulled Pork Parfait, you might be missing out on some solid snacking options. In addition to the salads, this convenient stand also offers a selection of wraps (veggie, ham & cheese and smoked turkey) as well as some quick, healthy snacks such as: fruit cups, veggies and dip, fruit, pickles and hummus with pretzels. There are also some less-good-for-you-but-still-really-good snacks, such as an assortment of Hostess snacks, chips, peanuts, cheese curds, and a sausage & cheese platter. This stand also carries many beverages such as Pepsi products, bottled water, Miller Lite, Gatorade, Sobe Lifewater and juice.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Sign Larry Schaefer to Major League Contract!

Many of you will remember that back in January, we launched a unique plan to award prizes to fans who purchased Season Seat packages for the 2011 season: The Milwaukee Brewers Fan-Tastic 40. All fans that purchased or renewed ticket packages of 20 games or more had the opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days.

Prizes included Klement’s Sausage for a Year, getting your photo on a Brewers 2011 Season Ticket and much more, ending with the final prize of  signing a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform and one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.

A Brewers Season Seat Holder at Miller Park since 2001, Larry Schaefer of Fond du Lac won the prize and a press conference was held to formally welcome him to the team today, with many of Larry’s family and friends in attendance.

“When it came down to it, Larry is passionate about baseball and the Brewers and that was very important to us. We’re so happy to have Larry here,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin, when presenting Larry with his contract.

“This is a once in a lifetime chance and I’d like to thank the Brewers. This was a novel idea, to come up with something like this,” he said.

Larry has been President of Fond du Lac Youth Baseball and was the President of Fond du Lac Baseball Inc. for 20 years. He played and managed in the Rock River League where he was once named Most Valuable Player. Larry attended Oakfield High School and played first base.

In addition to the salary and uniform, Schaefer was also able to park in our VIP Lot and will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

“I feel great, a real part of the Milwaukee Brewers,” Larry said. “But I do have one question: When we win the World Series, do I get a ring?”

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Road Crew heads to Chicago and Boston, are you making the trip!?

The Brewers are looking to close out their six-game homestand on a winning note this afternoon at Miller Park.  Following the game, the team will board busses that will take them to Chicago to begin a seven-game road trip tomorrow.

The team will play four games in Chicago against their Central Division rival, the Cubs, before kicking off Interleague play in Boston against the Red Sox with three games next weekend.  This road trip will see the Brewers take a step back in history and play in Major League Baseball’s two oldest stadiums, Wrigley Field in Chicago, built in 1914 and Fenway Park in Boston, built in 1912.

From what I have seen in my travels with the team over the last six seasons, Brewers fans love to travel.  Every city we go to, there are Brewers fans making their presence felt, and, in talking to players and coaches, they notice and appreciate the support while away from Miller Park.

Nothing is better than seeing true Brewers fans hanging out before games during batting practice, cheering on the team after a Brewers road win and walking the streets in whatever city we are in (Sidenote: Brewers fans, and Wisconsin sports fans in general, are always decked out in their team gear.  It’s unreal.  I don’t know if any state in the United States of America has as much team gear as Wisconsin does.  There is no doubt that Wisconsin sports fans die for wearing team apparel while supporting their team on the road.).

Summer is now in full swing and I know from hearing people talk, that the Brewers will be well supported in Chicago and Boston with fans planning on making the trip.  Chicago is just a short drive from Milwaukee and always has a number of Brewers fans in the crowd.  Boston is a historic place that Brewers fans don’t get to visit too often.  Both places will be great for the Brewers Road Crew.

I will be on the road trip with the team and I will be looking for Brewers fans in both cities.  If you plan on going to the games, send us your photos or tweet them using #BrewersRoadCrew hashtag.  I will collect your photos throughout the trip and post them here on the blog.  Are any fans planning meeting up anywhere before any of the games?  Let us know; I will post any Brewers fans pregame events in Chicago and Boston that fans might be planning.

So sit back and enjoy today’s Brewers-Cardinals game and hopefully I will see some of you this week on the road!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Introducing…What John and Cait Ate

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

Hello readers!

We’re really excited to introduce a new series to you: What John and Cait Ate.

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare.

Sportservice provides the food and drink concessions for 25 major league sports clients at 23 venues, including 10 Major League Baseball stadiums.  As the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, Sportservice offers so many concession stands and such a wide variety of food options that fans dashing out of their seats for a quick snack between innings may be missing out on some of the best ballpark bites.

Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

When most fans think of ballpark fare, the first things that come to mind are—thanks to the song—peanuts and Crackerjack, as well as hot dogs, brats, maybe popcorn, etc.

Well no offense to the classics, but while baseball is still America’s favorite pastime, America’s palette has evolved.

“Our taste buds have evolved,” Chef John said. “With Food Network and things like that, people see unique foods and want to try them. The ballpark is not just a hot dog place anymore.”

Don't worry, Hot Dog, you'll still be a top-seller. Fans just appreciate more options!

Indeed. What John and Cait Ate will prove that. So, read on for our first food review and feel free to chime in with comments of your own or questions you may have!

Holy Smoke!

Today, at our first meeting with Chef John, we were treated to an array of smoked products. This past offseason, Sportservice acquired a smoker and now, beef brisket, pork and turkey are all smoked in-house, or rather, in-park.

We sampled the hand-carved smoked turkey breast and BBQ beef brisket sandwiches, as well as the pulled pork parfait and the smoked beef brisket parfait–all new this year. Each item is generous in portion and costs just $7. Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Hand-Carved Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich- $7

The turkey on this sandwich is smoked fresh with brown sugar and herbs for four hours day-of-game. Then, the tender, juicy meat is topped with a roasted red pepper chili sauce that perfectly complements the turkey’s smoky taste.

John:  The turkey was fresh and tender and the flavor from the roasted red pepper chili sauce gave it just the right amount of “kick.”  The sauce didn’t overpower the natural smoked flavor of the turkey.  It was a healthy portion and I found it easy to eat.

Cait: The hand-carved smoked turkey breast sandwich puts my brown-bag lunch turkey sandwich to shame. The turkey absolutely melted in my mouth. I haven’t had any smoked foods recently, so this was a wake-up call for my taste buds!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Next up…

Hand-Carved Smoked BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich- $7

The hand-carved smoked BBQ beef brisket sandwich is made up of tender beef that has been smoked for 12 hours, topped with a special BBQ sauce that is made in-house, along with a special horseradish sauce.

John:  Ever since the Brewers “Create a Concession” contest in December, Chef John was telling me how excited he was to get his new smoker at Miller Park. After tasting this sandwich, I can see why. I have always been a fan of meat cooked in a smoker and this sandwich is great. I found it easier to eat with a fork and the flavor was like something from a Texas BBQ. I have never really been a fan of  horseradish sauce, but this was different. It complemented the homemade BBQ sauce for a unique taste.  Without a doubt, I would recommend this to anyone.

Cait: I tend to steer away from red meat and usually only choose chicken or turkey, so I will admit that I don’t have the most educated palette when it comes to judging beef. I will also admit that I came to this tasting with preconceived notions of brisket: I have relatives down South and that’s the only time I’ve ever encountered the meat. Based on that experience, part of me wanted to try this sandwich while pinching my nose just to get it over with—you know, like little kids do when they have to eat their vegetables—but I didn’t think that would be very professional. Well, let me tell you…the hand-carved smoked beef brisket sandwich is like one of my favorite 1980s sitcoms: Out of This World. It was nothing like the tough, jerky-like substance I ingested down in Georgia. I was also a little frightened by Chef John’s description of “horseradish sauce,” but I found the sauce to be surprisingly sweet with a unique, tangy flavor. That, combined with the BBQ sauce made for one tasty sandwich.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Both of these sandwiches are available at the patio outside the right-field corner on the Field Level & Ribbie’s Cafe outside Section 221 on the Loge Level (pictured below).  The sandwiches are also served on the Club Level at the bar in the Home Plate Lounge and the Brewery Hill Deli next to the Home Plate Lounge; there, the sandwiches come with fresh cut potato chips and a pickle for $8.75.

Now, on to “dessert”…

Smoked Beef Brisket or Pulled Pork Parfaits- $7

When the guy in the row in front of you comes back to his seat, your first thought is “Mmmm… I could really go for some ice cream right about now.” But then you do a double-take and you realize that that’s no ice cream sundae.  Before you know it, you find yourself tapping him on the shoulder. “Excuse me, sir, but what is that?” As he explains to you that it is a smoked beef brisket parfait, a combination of  the aforementioned delectable smoked meat and creamy mashed potatoes drizzled with the special BBQ sauce and topped with chives-oh, and it is also available with pulled pork-your mouth begins to water. He stops you before you have a chance to ask your next question. He already knows what it will be. “Section 127,” he says. And, like the Famous Racing Sausages at the starting line, you’re off.

John: I have heard about this and seen this, but I have never been able to try one. The same smoked beef brisket from the sandwich mixed with mashed potatoes makes for a delicious meal served in a ballpark-friendly style. It was great.  Having it all mixed together allowed the flavors to blend perfectly. Priced at $7, this was a great deal and definitely a complete, filling meal. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to other MLB ballparks and often roam the concourses. I have never seen anything like this.  Bravo to Chef John and his crew for this unique and delicious item.

Cait: Genius. As Chef John told us, “It’s comfort food. It’s easy to eat. You can grab it with a beer and go back to your seat.” Anyone can put meat and potatoes on a plate, but this is a new twist on old dietary staples, both in look and in taste. And it fits in a cupholder!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: These parfaits are available on the Field Level behind Section 127 (Tripleplay Sliders, shown below), on the Loge Level behind Section 214, on the Club Level outside Suite 64, and on the Terrace Level, behind Section 417.

Well, that concludes our first food critique. We hope you enjoyed reading it half as much as we enjoyed tasting these new items. We also hope we’ve inspired you to step outside of your brat and beer routine (not that there’s anything wrong with that) next time you’re at Miller Park to check out the wide variety of concession offerings.

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during Green Week at Miller Park, June 20-26!

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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