May 2013

What John and Cait Ate: The Plaza Grill

“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

The Plaza Grill

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.

The Plaza Grill is located on the Field Level near section 110 in an outdoor seating area called The Plaza Pavillion.  The Grill features a number of great, made-to-order items served hot off the grill. There are plenty of picnic tables to enjoy your meal and even a tented area in case the sun is a little too intense.

Milwaukee’s Best Steak Sandwich $10.50

Milwaukee's Best Steak Sandwich

Milwaukee’s Best Steak Sandwich

Served on a rustic roll, this seared steak is doused with sharp and hoppy beer cheese and served with a sautee of sweet peppers. The famous and delicious house made chips go with the sandwich.

“The Beast” $9.00

"The Beast"

“The Beast”

This is truly a unique item that one would find only in Milwaukee.  The Beast is a grilled bratwurst sliced in half and stuffed with a grilled hot dog.  Those two items are then wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection.  Served with sauerkraut and grilled onions on–of course–a pretzel roll.  House made chips and a pickle are also served on the side.

Homestand Special – Zesty Asian Glazed Chicken Chop $9.00

Zesty Asian Glazed Chicken Chop with Asian Slaw

Zesty Asian Glazed Chicken Chop with Asian Slaw

This item was available for the last homestand and will most likely make a return for the upcoming homestand at Miller Park.  A bone in chicken chop with a sweet and sour Asian glaze served with Asian Slaw.

Cait: John and I tasted these sandwiches on a beautiful, sunny day out on the Plaza. You could smell the meat cooking on the grill and for a moment, it almost felt like summer (which, I am assured, is eventually coming this year).

We were met with a smorgasbord– these three amazing sandwiches. Of these, my favorite was “The Beast,” almost a novelty but oh, so much more. It’s like the Milwaukee version of Turducken, a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which is in turn stuffed into a de-boned turkey: a hot dog, stuffed in a brat, wrapped in bacon (on a pretzel bun nonetheless). However, there is NO WAY I could eat an entire one by myself. It’s a lot of food. I suggest splitting it with a friend or three!

The other two sandwiches were also very good, you just can’t go wrong on the Plaza Grill!

John: The Plaza Grill is definitely a hidden gem at Miller Park. It is a great place to socialize and enjoy a fantastic meal before any Brewers game at Miller Park. For night games, you can enjoy the late afternoon sun on the patio picnic tables. As for the food, the “Milwaukee’s Best” steak sandwich was definitely my favorite.  t came fresh off the grill (the entire stand is made to order, which is great) and was the perfect amount of food.  he chicken chop had a great flavor as well.  The sweet and sour glaze was something different and pairs perfectly with the chicken. “The Beast” is definitely a novelty item, but worth a shot.  It is unlike anything I have ever tried (or even imagined), but Chef John and his crew always seem to be pushing the envelope with what they can get away with and this is certainly no exception!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Plaza Grill is located down the right field line on the Field Level just beyond Section 110.  The area has picnic tables and high top tables for enjoying along with a tented area as well.  Keep in mind that parts of the Plaza Pavilion allow smoking.

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

Stitch N’ Pitch Tickets Going Fast!

On Tuesday, June 4th, we’ll host the 7th annual Stitch N’ Pitch Night at Miller Park as fans are invited to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint and embroider while cheering on the Brewers as they take on the Oakland A’s in a 7:10 p.m. contest.  Stitch N’ Pitch, a program of The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA), combines two American traditions – baseball and the needle arts – and is popular in Major League and Minor League ballparks across the country.

Starting at just $27, fans participating in Stitch N’ Pitch will receive a ticket to the game and the first 1,000 needle artists to purchase tickets and attend the event will receive a free special edition Brewers Stitch N’ Pitch Hot Dog Bobble.  All participating members will be seated amongst fellow needle artists and can visit TNNA instruction tables on the Miller Park concourse and learn tips from local vendors and knitting experts during the game. Participants will also be eligible to take part in a drawing to win special prizes.

Brewers Stitch N' Pitch Hot Dog Bobblehead

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to bring a completed knit cap or blanket to the game as a donation to  the Chemo Cap Crew, which will give them to cancer patients.

Tickets  available on an individual basis and for group purchases by calling (414) 902-GAME (4263) or by visiting brewers.com/stitch, but I’m told they are going fast. You’ll want to act quickly to make sure you score your bobble!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Miller Park Preparing for Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour

“I’ve been up to my neck, working six days a week…wearing holes into the shoes on my feet…I’ve been dreaming of gettin’ away since I don’t know…ain’t no better time than now…” for a Kenny Chesney concert at Miller Park!

Yes, it’s finally here–this Saturday, May 18, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves will make their way to Miller Park for The Corona Light Presents Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour.

As a big country fan myself, I’ve been looking forward to this concert since we announced it last November.

And all week long, I’ve been fascinated with the set-up process, so I thought I’d share a few photos with you.

Miller Park Kenny Chesney Set Up Terrace LevelMiller Park Kenny Chesney Set Up

I can’t wait until Saturday–this place is going to be rocking! I’ve got my cowboy boots ready and my “Good Stuff” playlist on repeat.

Are you coming to the concert? Let me know how you’re getting in the mood.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

For a Limited Time Only- Get Two Tickets for the Price of One to Brewed for Her

On Saturday, May 25 during the Brewers vs. Pirates game, we’ll be hosting our first-ever “Brewed For Her” event in the Gehl Club at Miller Park, an event geared toward women showcasing multiple products that are sold in the Brewers Team Stores, along with fashion tips, and interactive beauty stations highlighting new Brewers hair and nail accessories.

And now, for a limited time, tickets are available at a special price of two for $115 (additional tickets are available for $57.50 each).

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Ladies, that price is a steal!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Early Entry into Miller Park: The event will begin an hour and a half before gates open that day (noon) so that attendees have time to shop the stores and visit vendor booths set up by the Brewers Team Store on the Club Level before the game begins. Various vendors, fashion experts, and beauticians will be on hand during the event to offer advice, give demonstrations and offer product information. Attendees will also be able to purchase items in the Gehl Club that day and those who purchase the new Brewers hair and nail accessories will also have the opportunity to have the beauticians style their hair and nails with them on the spot.
  • A Brewers vs. Pirates game ticket in the upscale Gehl Club at Miller Park, which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and two complimentary beverages. There is a special menu for the event, including Hors d’oeuvres such as mini caprese skewers and island chips and dip (rispy plantain chips with smoked brisket, cotija cheese and avocado mango salsa); a selection of salads; a carving station featuring roasted tenderloin of beef; an action station featuring linguine marinara or alfredo; a main course of chicken scallopine layered with roasted apple, sweet potato,  blue cheese and candied pecans; and also, ballpark fare.
The Gehl Club at Miller Park

The Gehl Club at Miller Park

  • Special Brewed for Her Gift Bag that includes: a Brewers t-shirt, a Brewers tank top, earrings, bracelet, a Pashmina scarf, a notepad and  other great surprises (the gift bag alone is a $250 value!). Check out the slideshow below for a sneak peek!

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“We know women love baseball and we wanted to give them a special day dedicated to them. This event will be a lot of fun; we hope they’ll enjoy the new Brewers gear and accessories and get new ideas on how to show their team support not just at the game, but also out on the town,” said Jill Aronoff, Senior Director Merchandise Branding.

I’m planning to attend this event and look forward to talking with many of the attendees as well as grabbing photos to feature here on the blog–I hope to see you there!

Tickets are on sale now at brewers.com/brewedforher or by phone at (414) 902-GAME (4263). You’ll want to hurry as this event is limited to just the first 200 attendees!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ryan Braun Teams Up with SURG Restaurant Group and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation

We showcased Ryan Braun’s efforts with Habitat for Humanity on the blog last week and again next week, Braun will take part in an event to help the Milwaukee community.  Along with the SURG Restaurant Group and The Froedtert Hospital Foundation, Braun will help launch a new fund created to help children in the Milwaukee community in time of crisis.

The inaugural benefit will be held Wednesday, May 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill, 17800 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield. Braun will be on hand to offer his support for the fund and to meet attendees of the event after the Brewers-Dodgers game that day at Miller Park.

Ryan Braun

The SURG Restaurant Group Fund for Children, established in April 2013, is a partnership between SURG Restaurant Group and The Froedtert Hospital Foundation.  Grants from the fund will be used for the purchase of toys, videos, games and other needs for children in emergency rooms or waiting rooms at Froedtert. The fund also may be used to support the education of staff working with children at the hospital.

The SURG Restaurant Group Fund is for all children touched by crisis – those who receive services including pediatric radiation oncology, or those waiting for news about loved ones in the hospital’s family center.

“To be a part of such a great cause with the goal to help try and change the lives of our youth in a positive light are an honor and a privilege,” Braun said. “I encourage everyone to try and help us embrace this important issue so we can make a difference in our community.”

Event Details: Tickets are $100 per person, and include food stations and beverages. SURG will also be awarding prizes throughout the evening including items donated by Braun, SURG Restaurant Group and a Grand Prize weekend get away in a penthouse donated by Delton Grand Resort and Spa in the Wisconsin Dells. Braun will be in attendance to offer his support. SURG requests no autographs be solicited.

A portion of the evening’s sales will go to the “SURG Restaurant Group Fund for Children” and The Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Tickets will be available through at http://surgbenefitsfroedtert.eventbrite.com/. Space is limited, 250 tickets are available on a first come first serve basis.

This sounds like a fun event that will allow fans to meet Braun and enjoy some delicious food while giving back to a great community cause.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Help the Brewers Pick a “New Brew”

This  morning we announced that we’ve partnered with Leinie’s to create a “New Brew,” a beer that will be served exclusively at Miller Park this year. And now it’s time for you to join in and help name it!

The newly-created beer is an ale, brewed with pale and roasted caramel malts along with cascade, nugget and willamette hops, beginning at 10 a.m. today, fans 21 years and older can visit Brewers.com/newbrew to vote for their favorite name for the beer, choosing from three options: “Brew Crew Brew,” “Bernie’s Barrel Man Ale” and “Brewers All-Star Ale.”  Voting ends on Tuesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. and the winning name will be announced on Wednesday, May 22.  The “New Brew” will be available exclusively at Miller Park beginning with the game on Monday, May 27.

New Brew

“We’re always looking for opportunities to create unique offerings at Miller Park to enhance the fan experience, and we’re excited to debut this exclusive beer during the next homestand,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.

Fans will be able to purchase the “New Brew” at locations on the Field Level behind sections 103, 118 and 125; on the Loge Level behind home plate and sections 206 and 213; and on the Terrace Level outside sections 413, 420 and 432.

For more information, please visit Brewers.com/newbrew.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

ESPN’s #UNIBATTLE: Vote Brewers!

Remember Brewers fans about a year ago when you voted Miller Park the Best Ballpark in MLB on ESPN.com’s poll?  You came out in record numbers and upset the rest of the field as Miller Park was named the best ballpark in MLB thanks to the passionate Brewers fanbase.  Some didn’t really like that decision, but it showed how much pride Brewers fans have in their team and ballpark. Well, it looks like the Brewers could use your help again in ESPN.com’s “Battle of the Uniforms.”

This is great because it includes two of my favorite things: uniforms and bracket style tournaments.  This topic always sparks interesting discussions and debates.

A bracket-style online vote has been set up to decide what MLB team has the best uniforms in all of Baseball.  The Brewers are opening up the underdogs as an 11 seed facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the “tournament.”  Although the Brewers have a number of alternate uniforms, the voting is based only on the official home “whites” and road “grays.”

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Voting is open now on ESPN.com and the first round ends tomorrow morning.  In addition, fans can tweet their thoughts on the bracket using the #UNIBATTLE hashtag.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

#WHERESPOLISH Recap

It was quite the eventful morning here at Miller Park!

If you haven’t heard by now, the second Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage, Polish, went missing last Wednesday and this morning, we finally found out what he was up to! In preparation for Spring Madness, Polish had been hard at work. Not only had he gone missing from Miller Park, but, similar to Bernie’s effort in 2011, and Chorizo’s last year, Polish spent the hours mapping and planting over 2,000 Polish lawn ornaments in the grass areas surrounding Miller Park and its parking lots.

Each lawn ornament was affixed with a pouch that included game tickets for a Spring Madness game, set for May 20 through May 22 at Miller Park. The Brewers will host the Los Angeles Dodgers during Spring Madness, and fans can save 50% on  most tickets $34 or less. In addition, Klement’s hot dogs and small Pepsi products are just $1 each for all three games.

Brewers fans reacted quickly to the news, which broke at 5am, and descended upon Miller Park. In just under 90 minutes, all of the lawn ornaments were spoken for. What a fun morning!

Here are some highlights:

https://twitter.com/Brewers/status/333905658405601281

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

[Note: If you aren't able to make it down to Miller Park this morning, or if you missed out on the lawn ornaments, don't fret! We are told the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a limited quantity in stock. We suggest you call the store at (414) 902-4750 to check availability first.]

Where’s Polish? Spring Madness at Miller Park!

Well, we are up bright and early because it is quite the eventful morning here at Miller Park!

If you haven’t heard by now, the second Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage, Polish, went missing last Wednesday, which first became apparent when he didn’t show up for the Sausage Race during the game.

Wheres Polish Brewers Graphic

Well, this morning, we finally found out what he was up to! In preparation for Spring Madness, Polish had been hard at work. Not only had he gone missing from Miller Park, but, similar to Bernie’s effort in 2011, and Chorizo’s last year, Polish spent the hours mapping and planting over 2,000 Polish lawn ornaments in the grass areas surrounding Miller Park and its parking lots.

Wheres Polish

Beginning NOW (5 a.m. on Monday, May 13), fans may come to Miller Park to pick up their very own Polish Racing Sausage lawn ornament.  If you find one, it’s yours to keep, but there is a limit of just one ornament per person.

Each lawn ornament is affixed with a pouch that includes game tickets for a Spring Madness game, set for May 20 through May 22 at Miller Park. The Brewers will host the Los Angeles Dodgers during Spring Madness, and fans can save 50% on  most tickets $34 or less. In addition, Klement’s hot dogs and small Pepsi products are just $1 each for all three games.

Wheres Polish 2

This scavenger hunt will continue until all ornaments have been claimed; the allotment is expected to be claimed quickly, so what are you waiting for? Come and try to get yours! [Please note: Parking is only available in the Molitor Lot, which is directly north of I-94. Fans should enter the Molitor Lot from Blue Mound Road and walk down Yount Drive to participate in the hunt. For official rules, click here.]

Did you find Polish? Upload a photo to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #WHERESPOLISH and we might include yours in a recap gallery later today! 

This fan was here bright and early to help find Polish!

This fan was here bright and early to help find Polish!

 

6:30am Update: All of the Polish ornaments are gone at Miller Park. Thanks to everyone who came out! We hope you had fun out there… And of course, we hope to see you back out at Miller Park for  Spring Madness, May 20-22!

-John & Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

[Note: If you aren't able to make it down to Miller Park this morning, or if you missed out on the lawn ornaments, don't fret! We are told the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a limited quantity in stock. We suggest you call the store at (414) 902-4750 to check availability first.]

Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build

The Brewers today kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon.

Players, Brewers Wives and staff will help organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community to build a home in a week’s time.  Members of the Brewers organization will also be making special guest appearances throughout the week.

They will join Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in Washington Park which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety.  For the second year in a row, Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s Blitz Build and has teamed up with Ryan Braun and Brewers Wives to lend support through a joint $50,000 donation.

Today, a press conference was held to kick off the week-long project.  The sun was shining and attendees of the press conference included Braun, Ron Roenicke, Michael Gonzalez and Brewers Wives Karen Roenicke, Kristina Hart, Larisa Fraser and Susan Cutajar.

Tomorrow, the Brewers Wives will work on the site along with Habitat volunteers, sponsors and partner families.  Thursday morning, Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle sellers will join Habitat volunteers working together to build one of the three new affordable homes being constructed in the Washington Park neighborhood during the “Blitz Build.”  On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, Brewers front office staff will get in the act and join volunteers from Habitat on the three houses.

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Michael Goelzer snapped some great photos from today’s events in the Washington Park neighborhood.  This is really a great way for the Brewers to kick off “Beyond the Diamond.”  It truly a team effort that includes Brewers players, staff and their families.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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