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What John and Cait Ate: Bloody Marys…with a Beef Straw!

“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

Miller Park Bloody Marys

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.

Bloody Mary-$11.25

Miller Park Bloody Marys

Let me start off by getting this out of the way: I like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys. They are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale. I have my own personal Bloody Mary blog. I make it a point to attend the Tomato Romp on Milwaukee’s East Side each year; I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary burgers, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

SportService puts their own twist on the Miller Park Bloodys by combining Skyy Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, I’m told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with fixin’s like pickles, olives and, new this year, Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws.

Yes, you read that right–BEEF STRAWS,  a beef stick hollowed out into a glass-to-mouth transportation device.

Beef Straws at Miller Park

I came across this genius product on my own about six months ago (they are available at select retail locations). I tweeted about the straws and the next thing I knew, two packages arrived from Benny (Ben Hirko) himself.

A little background on the origin of it, from Benny, via the company’s website:

During my 15+ years in the restaurant/bar business I’ve always loved trying new things to make people smile. One evening while bartending I was chatting with 2 customers. They had brought beef snack sticks with them to enjoy while having a couple of beers. Always hungry, I asked for one. While snacking on the stick, I thought to myself these would taste fantastic in a bloody mary! I began thinking of the best way to use it, and immediately thought it should be a straw instead of just a stick. As a straw, the bloody mary would be able to soak into the beef and be a juicy snack all the way through. Armed with this new idea, I started making them at home for my friends and family. Everyone loved them, and after some research I thought I should make these available for everyone. I hope my idea can add a bit of fun, and great taste to your bloody marys for years to come.

After receiving the straws, I was anxious to make myself a bloody and let me tell you… It took me back to the days of my youth, using a Twizzlers to drink soda and add a bit of cherry flavor. In a more grown-up version, Benny’s straws absorbed the Bloody Mary goodness from the inside out as well as the outside in.

That’s why I was so very excited to hear that we’d be using Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws in all of our Bloodys at Miller Park this season, becoming the first MLB Ballpark to do so.

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the straws just as much as I have, especially in the Miller Park Bloody Mary.

These four Brewers fans from Rockford are also fans of the Miller Park Bloody Mary!

These four Brewers fans from Rockford are also fans of the Miller Park Bloody Mary!

Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.

NOTE: On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own U-Skew Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. Those are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more.

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-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: No Small Potatoes Here!

“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:

Baked Potatoes

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, we played hot potato, as Chef John treated us to selections from the Baked Potato Stand. Located on each level at Miller Park, the Baked Potato stands boast four different types of potatoes: Bases Loaded, Broccoli Cheese, BBQ Brisket and Chipotle Chicken.

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Baked Potatoes-$6.75

John: I walk by this stand probably three to four times a day and I have never stopped to try anything. Baked potatoes might seem like a “side” item or just an extra, but the Chipotle Chicken baked potato was a full meal. It started with a regular baked potato and then was topped with shredded chipotle chicken. The next layer was a scoop of salsa, then cheese and finally sour cream. It ended up looking and tasting like a burrito wrapped around a potato instead of a tortilla. It was a lot of food and at just $6.75, it is probably one of the best bargains at Miller Park.  A key to this was that the potato was piping hot and stayed warm for the entire time it took me to eat this.

John tried the Chipotle Chicken potato, made with chipotle chicken, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream and chives.

Cait: The baked potatoes are easily my favorite ballpark meal. Yes, that’s right–while baked potatoes are usually side dish in my household, the ones at Miller Park are no small potatoes. At just $6.75 each, these Idaho potatoes are a bargain. They’re ginormous and, when topped with a protein like the Chipotle Chicken or BBQ Brisket, definitely make a hearty meal, or at least a great snack to share with a friend. The Chipotle Chicken has been my go-to for the past couple of years, so I decided to try this season’s new offering, the BBQ Brisket. As you can see from the photo, this potato includes generous servings of brisket, cheese and sour cream and is drizzled with a special horseradish sour cream on top of that (which is not very spicy, in case you’re wondering).  The effect is nothing short of amazing, but I still think that my favorite is the Chipotle Chicken.

Cait tried the BBQ Brisket potato, made with smoked BBQ brisket, shredded cheese, horseradish sour cream, and chives.

There were two baked potatoes that we did not sample for this review: The Bases Loaded, which contains butter, bacon, shredded cheese, sour cream, and chives; and the Broccoli Cheese, which, as the name suggests, is made with melted cheese and broccoli. Chef John tells us the Bases Loaded is the most popular of all of the potato types amongst Brewers fans.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: These Baked Potatoes can be found at stands located on the Field Level (Section 125), Loge Level (Section 214), Club Level (Section 337) and Terrace Level (Section 431).

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: Bloody Marys are a Meal at Miller Park

“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 Drank:

Miller Park Bloody Marys

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.

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Bloody Mary-$11.00

Have you tried the Bloody Marys at Miller Park? Available on several carts around the ballpark, these tomato-based drinks are especially perfect for days like today–a Sunday afternoon game.

“We experimented with a way to try to make these very unique to the Brewers, like adding in Secret Stadium Sauce, but that just didn’t work out,” said Eric Sampson, Club Level Manager at SportService.

That’s okay though, because SportService still puts their own twist on these drinks by combining Smirnoff Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, we’re told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with fixin’s like olives, cheese, sausage bites, and a pickle.

This season, SportService has experimented with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, but so far, they have found that it is difficult to offer that option on weekends like this one, with big crowds and two day games in a row. The Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level, however, has this option each Sunday with a plethora of fixin’s including: artichoke hearts, garlic, pepperoncinis, mushrooms, cheese, pickles, sausage bites, olives, celery and more.

Cait: Let me start off by getting this out of the way:like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys. They are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale. I make it a point to attend the Tomato Romp on Milwaukee’s East Side each year; I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary burgers, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

The spicy option has just the right amount of kick and, even if you don’t get to build your own Bloody, the fixin’s that come standard are perfect as well. Cheers!

John: Cait is most definitely the “go to” person when it comes to Bloody Marys.  I enjoy a good Bloody Mary here and there, but Cait’s opinion here should be taken a little more seriously than mine.  Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to Bloody Marys.  My preference is just a little bit of spice and I prefer not to have it loaded with “groceries.”  I don’t need everything that can be found in a kitchen tossed in.  A couple of olives, maybe a cheese cube (I’m from Wisconsin after all!), a lemon wedge–whatever–just keep it simple with a few garnishes and I’m good.  

The Blood Mary carts allow you to choose your preferred level of spiciness.  Already off to a good start!  The garnishes were simple and didn’t overpower the drink, just the way I like it.  A very generous portion will last you a couple of innings and this treat is sure to please.  Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.  On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level.

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack-or drink? Want to dispute our review? 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: 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

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…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

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