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What John and Cait Ate: Fair Fare

“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:

Fair Fare

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.

Here in Wisconsin, we should be very proud because our state fair: The Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular–is indeed a great state fair (and the only state fair around)! It is one of the best in the country, well-known for the excellent entertainment, competitions, and probably most of all, the amazing array of delicious–and oftentimes, unique–food.

Each year, people across the state and even those outside of the state, flock to West Allis to take in the Fair and it’s fare. Well, now you can satisfy some of your cravings just a little bit earlier than August because Sportservice, which also provides a lot of the food service for the fair, has opened a State Fair-inspired food stand at Miller Park.

We’re really excited because, here at the Brewers, we have a wonderful relationship with the Wisconsin State Fair. In fact, our $13 Fair Fridays ticket package [a Terrace ticket to a Friday home game, plus a general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair, good any day of the Fair, August 2-12--for just $13]  is among the top sellers year in and year out.  Thus, now when fans purchase this package, they’ll get to enjoy Wisconsin State Fair  treats at least twice this year!

So, this week, Chef John invited us to sample the variety of deep-fried items (plus margaritas!) from the new 1st Base Fry Bar, in the right-field corner on Field Level.

We tested some “Fried and True” State Fair favorites at the 1st Base Fry Bar!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Gourmet Corn Brat-$6.00

This is just what it sounds like–a corn dog, but instead of a hot dog, Chef John’s crew has deep fried another Wisconsin favorite: a Klement’s brat!

John: Nothing says State Fair like food on a stick!  This is definitely not a full meal, but a pretty good snack.  Try it with the Secret Stadium Sauce.  The corn dogs and corn brats are dipped fresh with batter right at the stand, they are never frozen.

Cait: I cannot remember the last time I had a corn dog, but this corn brat brought back memories of grade school lunches. The brat added a new, unexpected dimension to the flavor and hey, who doesn’t love food on a stick?!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Next up…

Deep Fried Cheesecake- $7.50

New York-Style cheesecake, deep fried and the topped with powdered sugar and strawberry sauce.

John: I really didn’t know what to expect with this one, but I thought it was pretty good.  Not to go all gourmet on everyone, but it tasted like a strawberry blintz or a strawberry crepe.  I would share this with a friend, it was perfectly sized for two.

Cait: This dessert was definitely rich, to say the least! The cheesecake was warm and melted in my mouth. The effect kind of reminded me of a cannoli, or a crepe as John said. As with most of these items, I’m also going to recommend you share with friends–too rich for for me to eat the entire thing on my own! Chef John tells us they are going to experiment with this treat, trying a deep-friend bananas foster type treat, so stay tuned!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Funnel Fries- $4

Think funnel cake in fry form!

John: I can’t visit State Fair without a Funnel Cake, but I always find them messy.  You are picking them apart and tearing pieces off here and there.  It was almost like eating french toast sticks that I remember as a kid. This made the Funnel Cake experience cleaner and easier to eat.  A delicious sweet treat.

Cait: These funnel fries were very sweet and, like the cheesecake, melted in my mouth.

Rating:

(out of 5)

BBQ or Buffalo Boneless Chicken Wings- $9.50

State Fair style boneless chicken wings, served with BBQ or Buffalo sauce, and a side of french fries.

John: You could put Buffalo sauce on pretty much anything and I would enjoy it.  At the same time, the BBQ flavored wings were also excellent.  These were easy to eat–since they are boneless, you can just use a fork.  This could serve as a full meal for one as the order contained plenty of the boneless wings. In addition, the fresh-cut fries completed the plate.

Cait: These wings were probably my favorite item at the stand. Both the BBQ and Buffalo style were very good. The portion sizes were very generous and I think this would make a good meal, or again, a good snack to share with friends.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Deep Fried Bacon Strips- $7.50

The name says it all.  Deep. Fried. Bacon Strips.

John: Pretty hard to describe these.  If you are in for something unique, try this snack.  I don’t think I would eat an entire serving of these all by myself, but it would be fun to share as a group. Although, it is pretty hard to stop snacking on these.

Cait: “Those are addicting,” Chef John warned us, as we dove into the basket of bacon strips. Yes, I can see what he means. It’s got the salty bacon-y taste, wrapped in a soft deep-fried outer shell. And the portion size here is also very generous, so once again, a good item to get with a group of friends, just to try something new.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: All of these  items can be found at 1st Base Fry Bar, located in the right-field corner on the Field Level (near the Associated Bank Kids Zone). This stand also features a couple of the speciality french fries we featured last year, The Montreal and the Garlic Fries, as well as a variety of beverages. Note: If fried foods aren’t your thing, ham, turkey and veggie deli wraps are also available for just $6.50 at this stand as well!

Chef John also wanted us to try the Frozen Cocktails at the adjacent stand. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it!  Plus, all that deep fried fare was making us thirsty…

Frozen Cocktails -$9.50

Strawberry, Blue Raspberry and Regular are the margarita flavors offered at the Frozen Cocktails stand, along with a special flavor that will change throughout the season. Today’s flavor was mango (pictured above, left).

John: I’m really not a huge fan of the sugary frozen drinks, but these cocktails were both pretty refreshing–perfect for washing down some salty fried food.  They both tasted like fruit smoothies, which could get a little dangerous. Drink responsibly! (Side note: I love the souvenir mug with the Barrel Man logo!)

Cait: Forget 5 o’clock. It’s game time and these frozen cocktails are delicious! They’ll instantly make you feel like you’re on vacation somewhere tropical. Very refreshing and a great choice during a hot summer day game!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: All of these  items can be found at the Frozen Cocktails stand next to the 1st Base Fry Bar, located in the right-field corner on the Field Level. This stand also features wine and slushies.

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, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table Feature for the Astros Series

Last week, we told you about the new Chef’s Table options and the new concession options that will change based on the opponent we’re playing.

This week’s featured rivalry fare is Texas Style Chili Pie in honor of the series vs. the Astros!

Here’s the menu:

Here is what it looks like when completed.  Looks great!

The Chef’s Table is located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level.

- John & Cait

Johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table Feature for the Weekend Series vs. Colorado: Buffalo Burgers

Earlier in the week, we told you about the new Chef’s Table options and the new concession options that will change based on the opponent we’re playing.

Tonight’s featured rivarly fare is: Colorado Style Buffalo Burgers in honor of the series vs. the Rockies! Here’s the menu:

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The Chef’s Table is located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level.

- John

Johnandcain@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: New Food Network Favorites for 2012 & Rivalry Fare

“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 bring back the food review series that we started in 2011: 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 told us “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 continue to prove that, so read on and feel free to chime in with comments of your own or questions you may have!

New Food Network Favorites for 2012

This year, Food Network is introducing at least two new items into each of the DNC Sportservice stadiums-the Buffalo Chicken Mac N’ Cheese and the Bacon Sloppy Joes. Intrigued? Read on.

Buffalo Chicken Mac N’ Cheese- $7.50

A new twist on an old favorite, the Food Network’s buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese is a baked macaroni and cheese tossed with spicy buffalo chicken and topped with bleu cheese bread crumbs.

John: I felt very American when eating this.  Baseball game.  Mac n’ cheese.  Buffalo chicken.  It was great.  I have been wanting to try this ever since I first saw it on Opening Day.  I didn’t feel cheated on the amount of chicken mixed in, I thought it was the perfect amount.  Very easy to eat and a portion that left me satisfied, but able to enjoy some other snacks throughout the game.

Cait: The is not the mac n’ cheese that your mom used to make. Even if hers was pretty good, this is better, guaranteed. The buffalo chicken has just the right amount of “kick” to it; that, combined with its texture, meshes very well with the cheese and the bleu cheese bread crumbs.

Rating (out of 5):

Bacon Sloppy Joes-$7.50

Starting with a Fritos base, lay down a potato roll, slather it with ground beef and bacon that has been slow-cooked with tomatoes. Top that with pepperjack cheese and jerky fried onions and you’ve got Food Network’s Bacon Sloppy Joe.

John: Again, another true American meal with a twist.  Who doesn’t love bacon?!  And bacon mixed with Sloppy Joe?!  I’m in.  The cheese and fried onions added to the taste while the chips completed the meal.  The only problem I had with this is that it was, well, kind of sloppy.  Make sure to grab a fork when enjoying this ballpark snack.

Cait: The Bacon Sloppy Joe was very good, but since we tasted it at the same time as the Buffalo Mac N’ Cheese, I’m afraid it didn’t get a fair shake. I’d say the Buffalo Mac just about blows a lot of food choices out of the water, hence the somewhat average rating here.  However, the addition of the bacon, pepperjack cheese and fried onions definitely take this from a summer camp lunch to a gourmet sandwich–and a filling one at that!

Rating (out of 5):

 

 

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: You can find both of these items at the Food Network stand, located on the Loge Level, just down the third-base line.

Chef’s Table

When we met with Chef John, we learned that this season, DNC Sportservice is trying something new for each series by featuring a menu item inspired by the opposing team’s city available at the Chef’s Table stand.  Chef John seemed pretty excited about this area and it was definitely intriguing to us as well. We didn’t get to try tonight’s L.A.-style sliders, inspired by the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, but they sure look great!  Rumor has it that Bison Burger sliders would be on the menu for the weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.

We’re going to do our best to keep you posted about this new rivalry-inspired fare during each homestand at Miller Park, so make sure you check back here often.

Rating:

Not Yet Rated

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Chef’s Table stand is located on the Loge Level, down the first-base line, at the top of the stairs  next to the press box.

Well, that concludes our first food critique of 2012. 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 in May, during the Reds-Cubs homestand, May 7-13.

In the meantime, whet your appetite by reading some of last year’s food reviews (please note, some menu items and prices may have changed for 2012):

Smoked Turkey, Beef Brisket and the Famous BBQ Pulled Pork Parfait

Salads and More

Food Network Sandwiches

NYCE Stadium Club

Desserts

Grilled Cheese

French Fries

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

What John and Cait Ate…Say Cheese!

“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:

Say Cheese!

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.

New this year, Sportservice has opened a grilled cheese stand with several options that are sure to please any cheesehead!

Ironically, on the same day we set out on our concession stand grilled cheese taste test, Brewers Clubhouse Assistant Matt Smith was preparing grilled cheese sandwiches for the players and staff in the clubhouse kitchen. Smith said he makes his grilled cheese with “good old American cheese and Texas Toast.”

Matt Smith Grilled Cheese

Matt Smith prepares grilled cheeses in the Brewers clubhouse kitchen last week.

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

The Classic Grilled Cheese-$4

This classic grilled cheese consists of American cheese on sourdough bread with guaranteed oo-ey, goo-ey goodness in every bite!

John: I was a hard grader when it came to the “classic” grilled cheese as I would put my mom’s “classic” grilled cheese against any other.  Not a bad sandwich for a simple ballpark snack.

Cait:  Although all of the sandwiches that we tried were very good; the classic was my favorite. True comfort food, it took me back to when I was little, sitting in mom’s kitchen; I remember thinking that the sandwiches were called “girl cheeses” and I even asked, “Why don’t they have boy cheese sandwiches?”

Now I’m rating the sandwiches as part of my job. Ah, I’ve come a long way.  Anyway, it was no so surprise to me to learn that this was the number one seller as far as grilled cheeses go at Miller Park.  Now if only I could get a good bowl of tomato soup to dip it in!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Bacon Grilled Cheese- $6

The bacon grilled cheese consists of dijonaisse, tomato, bacon and Wisconsin cheddar.

John: The Wisconsin cheddar on this sandwich put it over the top for me.  I love cheddar cheese and it complemented the bacon and tomato.

Cait: This sandwich was right up there with the classic grilled cheese for me; the dijonaisse, bacon, tomato added some interesting textures and flavors while the cheddar cheese had just tinge of sharpness to it. A nice, warm sandwich to enjoy on a cool, crisp fall day at the ballpark.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Southwest Grilled Cheese- $6

A new twist on an old favorite, this grilled cheese sandwich consists of southwestern chicken salad, avocado aioli, pico de gallo and cheddar cheese on spicy jalapeno bread.

John: This sandwich was amazing.  I didn’t really know what to expect, but the flavor was great.  Beware, it was kind of messy and might require a fork, but this was hands down the best sandwich at the stand. Delicious flavor in the chicken salad and a little bit of spice to it as well.

Cait: Of the three sandwiches, this was my least favorite, but I think because John liked it so much, our rating averaged out to the same as the others. Don’t get me wrong-the sandwich was definitely not bad; my rating was based mostly on a personal aversion to mayo and chicken salad.

Rating:

 (out of 5)

The Cheesy Grillwurst-$4.50

While not a grilled cheese, this offering definitely belongs at the Hot Cheese stand. What is it, you ask? Why, it’s the cheesy grillwurst! The cheesy grillwurst is a cross between a brat and a hot dog, with cheddar cheese bursts in every bite.

John: When you are in Wisconsin, why not mix sausage and cheese?  Sounds like a great idea. The Klement’s cheesy grillwurst was pretty good.  My favorite part about this particular stand is that they keep the Secret Stadium Sauce hot on the grill.  Ask to have the grillwurst dipped in the sauce, it is fantastic. I’m told more and more stands are getting the option to “dip” in the Secret Stadium Sauce.  I remember when going to games when I was younger at County Stadium having my hot dog dipped in the hot Secret Stadium Sauce. It is the best.

Cait:  Personally, I had never heard of the cheesy grillwurst; however… our graphic designer and my good friend, Jeff Harding, sits next to me at work and he sure has. Now, there are only a couple of times that I can recall when Jeff has shown a lot of emotion on the job. One was when we clinched the Wild Card in 2008; the other was when I mentioned the cheesy grillwurst. [Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but the guy was pretty pumped.]

Apparently, this is one of Jeff’s favorite foods and he carries many good memories associated with it as he says this product used to be served up at Lambeau Field. Jeff noted that in recent years, he has been disappointed that he could no longer find the cheesy grillwurst on the menu there. Well, little did he know that this year it’s been cooked and served on the same floor as our offices at Miller Park! This news made that cheese ball’s day and he’s made it clear that he’s going to seek one out this weekend.

As for my opinion: As you know from reading past reviews, I am not a meatlover, however I do think the cheesy grillwurst is pretty good and definitely worth trying.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: All of these items can be found at Hot Cheese, located behind Section 208 on the Loge Level, along with beverages and the ever-popular helmet cheese fries.

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, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…More Than Just Desserts

“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:

John and Cait Get Their “Just Desserts”

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 walked us through each of the items on the dessert cart–a stunning display filled with cakes, pies, cookies, candies, fruits, liqueurs and more–which is designed to help you hit the sweet spot every time.

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

After trying all of the items we’ve reviewed so far this season, we hope you’ve saved room for dessert! When your sweet tooth starts to ache, make a run for the dessert cart, which includes an assortment of items–most ranging from a modest $5-6.50 in price– such as:

Cakes

  • Death By Chocolate: A 3-layer, chocolate fudge cake that is to die for!
  • 3-Layer Carrot Cake: A tasty way to get in your vegetables, doc!
  • Strawberry Shortcake: A lighter option, but still delicious!
  • Cupcakes: Choose from Red Velvet, Chocolate Decadent, or Oreo Cookies n’ Cream–no fork necessary!

Pies

  • Caramel Apple Pie: A fall-inspired treat made with Granny Smith apples.
  • Candy Pies: Can’t decide between candy or pie? You don’t have to with these Snickers and Reese’s variations.

We hope to enjoy this caramel apple pie deep into fall this year!

Cheesecakes

  • Eli’s and Suzy’s Cheesecakes: Variety is the slice of life! On any given night, there may be up to nine different kinds of cheesecake circulating throughout the park, including: Dutch Apple, Turtle, Peanut Butter, Pecan Chocolate Swirl, Triple Chocolate w/Godiva, Blackberry, New York and Ricotta.

Other Goodies

  • Edible Pastel Cups with Strawberries: Fill these chocolate cups with strawberries and a little whipped cream and you’ve got a nice treat.
  • Cookies
  • Caramel Apples: Choose from five kinds, including: Peanut, Chocolate Chip, M & Ms, Butterscotch and Sprinkles.
  • Lollipops
  • Chocolate-covered Pretzels: Sweet n’ salty, a perfect one-two punch.
  • Candies: Choose from a variety of candies, such as gummies, jellies, Swedish Fish, chocolates and more, some served in a souvenir helmet!
  • Liqueurs: Celebrate one of Prince’s moonshots with a shot of RumChata, Tequila Rose, Bailey’s, Three Olives Triple-Shot Espresso, Godiva White Chocolate, Disaronno or Chambord! These shots come in an edible dark chocolate shot glass or in a souvenir shot glass.

These souvenir shot glasses are just $8 on their own; fill them with a shot of something yummy for $10!

Plus… If you’re looking for a quick sugar fix, track down the candy cart, located next to the dessert cart outside Suite 50. It’s treasures include Ring Pops, Starbursts, Skittles, Twix Bars, Kit Kats, Butterfinger Bars, M & M’s, Fruit Snax and more, all for around $2 per item.

We were like kids in a candy store when we saw this display!

After behaving like a kid in a candy store, you may be looking for something more adult. May we suggest the cordial cart?  The cordial cart is a special cart, located on the PNC Club Level, where you can purchase the finest top-shelf malt scotch & whisky, blended scotch, whiskey, bourbon, cognac, rum, tequila and port wines that range from a Macallan 12 Year single malt scotch drink for $8.50 to a $150 Louis XIII cognac.

At this cart, you'll be greeted cordially.

John: I don’t know where to start.  I guess I can start by saying that I didn’t try everything all at once the other day.  I have, however, tried everything on the cart at some point in my Brewers career.  Being fortunate enough to eat a lot of my meals in the Press Box, these desserts often make their way up to the dining room.  You can’t go wrong with anything on this cart, deciding what you want to eat will be the toughest part of the process.  I’m a big carrot cake fan, and the Miller Park Carrot Cake is among the best I have ever tasted.

The candy pies always seem to be a hit in the Press Box, my personal favorites is the Reese’s.  I was also told the the Chocolate Chip cookies are a favorite of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio.  Having tried them for the first time the other day, I can see why.  They were fantastic.  Another one of my favorites was the jelly beans in a Brewers helmet, simple, yet fun for the ballpark.

Cait: Remember Veruca Salt? You know, the bad egg from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? “I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket. It’s my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now!” Yeah, well, put me in front of the dessert cart and the Veruca in me really comes out–I want it all!

Like  John said, I have tried almost everything on the cart at some point during my Brewers career, so I know that all of the items are delicious, it’s just choosing one thing that presents the issue.

Here are my go-to selections:

  • My absolute favorite treat is a simple one: I love the caramel apples. You feel like you’re eating something healthy because it’s fruit, but add caramel and M & M’s and you’ve got dessert. Plus, they’re big enough to share and the cart attendants will cut them up for you upon request.
  • Anyone who knows me well also knows I’m a big fan of cake (well, to be quite honest, frosting, actually), so I really like the cupcakes, especially the Oreo Cookies n’ Cream variety.
  • Finally, if I’m looking for something lighter, I will choose the strawberries in the pastel cup.

While many of these items are made in-house, many are also brought in daily. Chef John told us that next year, he is looking to create all of the desserts in-house, which would allow him to experiment more and create special seasonal items. This means even more items to try–bring it on!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: There are six dessert carts in Miller Park. On the Field Level, there are dessert carts outside each of the Founders’ Suite entrances (just across from Guest Relations and across from the inside ticket windows near the Home Plate Gate). On the PNC Club Level, there are dessert carts in the following locations: on the first-base side outside of Suite 41; on the third-base side outside of Suite 60; outside of Suite 46-47; and outside of Suite 50. Suiteholders can also request that the dessert cart pay a visit to the Suite.

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, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…The NYCE Stadium Club

“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:

A Nice Dinner in the NYCE Stadium Club

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 a gourmet buffet in the NYCE Stadium Club. When it comes to elegant dining with some of the best seats in the house, there is not anything quite like NYCE Stadium Club at Miller Park.  In addition to providing an incredible experience on game days, the NYCE Stadium Club is also a premier location available for holiday parties, wedding receptions or your next function on a non-game day!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Located on the PNC Club Level in the left-field corner, the private NYCE  Stadium Club is an upscale dining experience, offering a panoramic view of the ballpark. The  200-seat, multi-tiered dining room offers a unique  view of the action on the field, a buffet featuring Chef John’s world-class cuisine, and an outdoor patio area for fans to enjoy the Miller Park atmosphere.

The NYCE Stadium Club opens when the Miller Park gates open and the bar stops serving one hour after the game.

Guests can choose to partake in an elegant buffet, order off a menu, dine on the patio, or simply have drinks at the bar.

The buffet changes nightly, featuring a variety of starters, six salads, two butcher block meats and several chef stations. Depending on the menu, the price ranges from $38-$42. Drinks and desserts are offered a la carte.

On the night that we dined in the Club, we were treated to the following menu:

A lunch buffet is also offered during day games, ranging in price from $28-$30. Brunch is also available on Sundays throughout the season. Reservations are required for the dining area where the buffet is served.

The extensive buffet in the NYCE Stadium Club.

For those ordering off the menu, you can choose from several different starters, salads, ballpark staples, sandwiches and desserts.

The starters offered include: fried calamari, fresh Thai vegetable lettuce wraps, grilled chicken quesadillas and more, ranging in price from $9-$15, while the sandwich offerings include: a cuban pannini, a grilled tenderloin sandwich, a black and bleu burger and more, ranging in price from $11-$14.  Guests can also choose from a variety of desserts, ranging in price from $7-$15,  including: blueberry rum creme brulee, a giant root beer float and others, including the ever-popular “The Roof”. The Roof is a dessert comprised of a rich Belgium chocolate brownie mounded with whole vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrups, then topped with fresh whipped cream.  When you order The Roof, be prepared to share–the portion you receive will feed 2-4 people.

If you choose to sit on the patio, which offers an awesome view of the game, you will be able to order from a more limited menu, comprised of favorites such as: ballpark fare, the NYCE chicken caesar wrap and an angus cheddar burger. This menu ranges in price from $4-$12.

The patio at the NYCE Stadium Club is an excellent place to take in the game with a cold beverage and great food. This photo was taken prior to the game on Tuesday, July 26.

As we mentioned, on the night we visited the NYCE Stadium Club, we were treated to the buffet, so read on for our reviews!

John: I’m glad we decided to do this review on a day where I was pretty hungry.  I was really able to try a little bit of everything, which is to me what buffet dining is all about.  I do things backwards and start with my “hot food” and finish up with my salad.  I started with the freshly sliced pork with sriracha mayo sauce.  The meat was very tender and full of flavor, it didn’t even need the sauce, but since I am a sucker for sriracha anything, I tried  it and it added even more.

The baked pasta with Italian sausage was fantastic.  Pasta is often difficult to enjoy in a buffet setting, but this tasted fresh and even had a little spice to it.  Perhaps the highlight for me was the Braised Beef Short Ribs.  The Cabernet Demi added the perfect amount of flavor.

There are always options on a buffet that one would normally not order–the item that is out of your comfort zone, but seems somewhat intriguing.  For me, that item was the sweet and sour duck confit.  That is definitely not an item I would ever order if I saw it on a menu (and especially an item I wouldn’t think I would ever eat at a baseball stadium!), for that reason, I had to try it.  I really didn’t have anything to compare it to, but it was pretty good.

With so many different options, it is hard to go wrong and while it sounds cliche, there really is something for everyone.  The whole experience is different than one would normally expect to have at the ballpark–white linen tablecloths, fine china–but that is what makes it so much fun.  You have an amazing view of the field (my advice would be to get there early and watch batting practice from there) and some amazing dishes prepared fresh daily by Chef John and his staff.

If you are looking to have one of those “special occasion” dinners prior to a Brewers game, this would most definitely be the place to do it.

Chef John encouraged us to try a little of everything. Here's just one of John's plates!

Cait:  There is something for everyone on this buffet–and then some! My favorite part of a buffet is that I do not have to commit to any one dish–I can sample as many as I like and sometimes, things I might not be brave enough to order as an entree, such as the sweet and sour duck confit, which was very good, or the pretzel crusted tilapia, which was quite different, but also very good. I also enjoyed the variety of salads-there are six different ones and from the tuna nicoise to the pesto chicken tortellini pasta, all of the ingredients were fresh and paired in interesting ways. Speaking of pairing ingredients in interesting ways, I really enjoyed the shrimp, crab and corn stew, featuring those ingredients along with peppers and red potatoes in a cilantro cream base. It was delicious! The chicken cacciatore, which is slow cooked bone-in chicken with peppers, onions, mushrooms in a spicy tomato sauce and served with polenta, was also excellent.  It reminded me very much of what my grandma used to make and it rivaled her recipe! This buffet had my taste buds in overdrive and I was stuffed–I didn’t even leave room for dessert, even though I was hoping to try “The Roof”. Maybe another day!

As a side note, I have mentioned in previous posts that I had my wedding reception at the NYCE Club at Miller Park (then The .300 Club) and the food was excellent then as well. Four years later, our guests still rave about the great time they had at our reception and I know that the primary reason is the unique and memorable venue that sets things apart from your average banquet hall, restaurant or hotel, and the excellent food, of course! See below for more information on hosting events at Miller Park.

Here's a photo of our groomsmen at our very memorable wedding reception in what is now the NYCE Stadium Club. Check out that backdrop!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The NYCE Stadium Club is located in the left-field corner on the PNC Club Level at Miller Park.  The most convenient access to NYCE Stadium Club is located at the North East corner of the ballpark by the Left Field Gate. Club members and their guests should use NYCE Stadium Club elevator or escalator to access the main Club entrance. Only NYCE Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club.

How Do I Get Access to the Club?: Only NYCE Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club. Entrants are required to present a valid master membership card and / or dated guest pass for entry into the club. All Milwaukee Brewers Season Seat Holders are eligible to apply for a limited number of NYCE Stadium Club memberships. All Field, Loge, and Club Level seating full season ticket accounts with a minimum of two (2) full season tickets (excluding Field Bleachers), receive a complimentary membership to the NYCE Stadium Club. All 20-Game Business Plan accounts in the same areas also receive a complimentary membership. Annual membership dues are $500.

Admission to NYCE Stadium Club requires every person to present either a master membership card or a valid dated guest pass. Each primary owner is issued one membership card to the Club, which permits the bearer plus up to three (3) additional guests entrance to the club. The owner also receives four game-dated entrance passes (guest passes) for each scheduled Brewers home game.

To make dinner/lunch reservations, you can call (414) 902-4707. Reservations are not needed for the Lounge, Bar, or Patio areas of NYCE Stadium Club. Food service in the lounge, bar, and patio areas will end at the completion of the seventh inning.

Click here for more details.

Did You Know?: Miller Park provides Milwaukee with year-round accommodations for both business functions and social events. Through our Brewers Enterprises division, Miller Park can accommodate groups of 25-300 people in our banquet rooms and our event planners are available to assist with all aspects of your event from special audio/visual set-up needs to entertainment recommendations. In-house catering by DNC SportService offers extensive menu options for any event as a gourmet buffet, sit-down dinner service or an upscale passed hors d’oeuvres reception. For more information, or to schedule your next event at Miller Park, please contact Brewers Enterprises at (414) 902-4452 or event.info@brewers.com.

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, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…Do You Want Fries With That?

“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:

Do You Want Fries with That?

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.

New this year, Sportservice has opened a french fry stand, Pop’s Fry Bar, down the left-field line on the Field Level and this week, Chef John treated us to a variety of gourmet fresh-cut french fries!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Pommes Frites-$4.50

Dipping Sauces- $.75 each

Behold the cone of pommes frites (pronounced pawm-FREEt)! You may think that’s a fancy name, but when you taste them, you’ll understand why they aren’t just called “french fries.” These fries are fresh cut, tossed with kosher salt and fried in vegetable oil, so they contain no trans fat. Although so flavorful that they can stand on their own, Sportservice offers an assortment of dipping sauces to choose from. There’s an Asian-inspired cucumber wasabi, a spicy creole red pepper, a tangy roasted garlic mayo, and the traditional ranch–four flavors guaranteed to appease any palate.

John: Quite a generous portion here!  These fries were very fresh and had the perfect amount of crisp to them.  They are also the basis for all the dishes below.  I’m not a fan of the more traditional thin-cut pommes frites and these fries were cut thick, but not too thick.  The creole red pepper (had a little spice to it) and roasted garlic mayo (the garlic flavor was not overpowering and added the right amount of flavor to the fries) were my favorite of the dipping sauces.

Cait: These pommes frites were light and airy, definitely not overly greasy like fries can often be. I’m a fan of kosher salt, so I appreciate that touch as well. I’m also a big fan of ketchup. In fact, that’s an understatement–I’m one of those people who puts ketchup on my ketchup! The point is, though, that I didn’t need it at all. These fries can definitely stand on their own.  If you’re feeling saucy, however, the dipping sauces are definitely worth a try! Of the four, my favorite was the cucumber wasabi; I found it to be very refreshing. That’s Chef John’s favorite pick as well.  The runner up for me was the creole red pepper which had just a little kick to it. The ranch was good, but it was, well, ranch. I’m not a fan of mayo, so I’m reserving judgment of the roasted garlic mayo.

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Next up…

The Montreal- $7

Blame Canada. These fries get their name from the combination of toppings. In Canada, fresh cut fries covered with gravy and fresh cheese curds are known as poutine; hence, the Montreal. At Miller Park the gravy is of the hearty beef variety and the cheese curds are fresh from Wisconsin.

John: Poutine seems to be somewhat of the rage lately as I see it more and more at various restaurants.  With much respect to my Canadian friends in the organization (Doug Melvin, Gord Ash and John Axford), I had a hard time eating these.  They were kind of heavy to eat on a hot day.  Also, the gravy took away from the crispy texture and natural flavor of the fries.

Cait: Out of all of the fries, these were my least favorite, but perhaps this is an acquired taste, eh? On their own, the fries and cheese curds were both very good, but I don’t put gravy on my mashed potatoes, so I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t enjoy it on my fries or on the cheese.

Rating:

(out of 5)

 

 

 

 

Garlic Fries- $7

Chef John’s personal favorite and Miller Park’s best seller, these garlic fries are seasoned with fresh chopped garlic, parsley and olive oil.

John: Those Brewers fans who are headed to San Francisco’s AT&T Park this weekend for the Brewers-Giants series will definitely notice the smell of garlic fries in the air.  Garlic fries are famous and AT&T Park and no longer will you have to travel to the Golden State to try them as you can now get them at Miller Park!  The smell is quite overpowering but the taste was very good.  I have always enjoyed cooking with garlic as I believe it adds to the taste of any dish.  The fries kept their crispy texture with the garlic/olive oil seasoning.  I definitely enjoyed these, but please brush your teeth when you are done!

Cait: The garlic fries are tied for my favorite fries, but if you’re going to the game on a date, make sure you split these with your significant other because they are very, er, aromatic.  In fact, just sitting in the same row as these fries would probably be enough to help Buffy slay those vampires, but it is so worth it because they are delicious. Plus, I reason (well, rationalize) that with all of garlic’s purported health benefits, these fries must not only taste good, but also be good for me!

Rating:

(out of 5)

 

 

Chili Cheese- $7

Zesty chili, creamy cheddar cheese sauce and chives top these fresh cut fries.

John: If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, these will fill you up fast.  I love chili and make my own from scratch at home, but chili cheese fries have always been a little overwhelming for me.  This particular version was great and the flavors worked very well together.   It was very messy, but with a fork and knife and some patience, you are in for a treat.  I wouldn’t have these on a July afternoon at Miller Park, but they sure would taste good in October–for many different reasons, of course!

Cait: The portions on all of these fries are very generous; these are no small fries!  In particular, with the chili, these fries were like a meal and demanded to be consumed with a fork. Thus, I found myself getting full quite quickly. I could never eat this entire order by myself, but I think they would be great to share!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Smothered & Covered- $7

These fries are reminiscent of a loaded baked potato and with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, sour cream, crumbled bacon and chives, the term “smothered and covered” is an understatement.

John: I have always enjoyed potato skins so these were definitely one of my favorites.  The fresh cut fries along with the perfect amount of cheese, bacon and sour cream made for an awesome ballpark snack for two.  Not quite the complete meal that the chili cheese fries were, but still a great combination of flavor.  All of these dishes are delicious because they all start with good fries.  The good fries are what makes all of these dishes worth a shot.

Cait: These fries tied for my favorite. They tasted like potato skins and each bit had just the right ratio of ingredients. Again, you’ll need to grab a friend or two and some forks because this messy treat is super-sized.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: All of these fries can be found at Pop’s Fry Bar, located behind Section 129 on the Field Level (near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner).

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, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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

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

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