In an article posted here last week, I told you about some of the new food and drink choices coming to Safeco Field for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season, including choices from: Swingin’ Wings, Sound Seafood, Hot Cakes Deserts and Georgetown Brewing. This past Friday, April 4th, I was invited to a preview event at the Safe to sample some of these new food and drink options. I’d like to thank the Seattle Mariners and Centerplate for the invitation and the opportunity to get a little taste of what the fans can expect to find when they attend a Mariner’s game this season.
The event got under way at around 3:00 PM, with media from several local outlets in attendance. I started things off with a Pale Ale from Bale Breaker Brewing out of Yakima Washington at The Sound Bar (Club Level – Section 248), but quickly moved on to a Cask-Conditioned Lucille IPA from Georgetown Brewing just as servers started bringing around the crab rolls for us to try. Packed full of fresh, local Dungeness crab, with tomatoes, shredded lettuce and remoulade on a soft roll, they were very tasty and paired great with my Lucille on Cask.
The Cask Ale Stations at Safeco will be located at Section 129 (2 Cask engines) and The Power Alley (Section 132 – 1 Cask engine + 8 Pacific Northwest & domestic beers in cans). Both stations will feature craft beers from the Pacific Northwest.
With barely a chance to finish our crab rolls, the servers started coming back again with a delicious Apple Wood Smoked Salmon Chowder, made with house-smoked local, wild-caught salmon. It was a somewhat reminiscent of the smoked salmon chowder I’ve had at Ivar’s Salmon House, if not quite as chunky. As if the crab rolls weren’t enough, we also enjoyed Fish & Chips (with a Manny’s Pale Ale Batter) and Oysters & Chips (with Oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms), both with thick, ‘sidewinder’ chips and a house-made remoulade sauce (think ‘fancy’ tartar sauce).
The seafood selections we tried were, overall, quite delicious. They should satisfy just about any fans’ seafood craving, while watching the Mariners dominate their opponents. Of course, seafood wasn’t the only thing we were there to try. Next up came some ‘Dirty’ Tots. These are tater tots, topped with Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, Carlton Farms pork belly and Bay Valley picked peppers. As with French fries, I often put ketchup on my tots, but these babies didn’t need a thing. Cheesy and porky (though a bit light on the pickled pepper rings for my taste), they’ll certainly fill you up.
Wings didn’t used to be a staple of ball park cuisine, but that’s changed. We tried some ‘Classic’ Hot Wings (made with Bonache’s Socorro hot sauce), and some Honey Serrano Wings (made with Bonache’s Hatch hot sauce). The Socorro ‘Classic’ hot wings had just the right amount of spice, considering they do not come with a side of bleu cheese or ranch. Without those to put out the fire, you don’t want your wings too hot. The Honey Serrano wings were far milder, but that was to be expected, since Bonache’s Hatch hot sauce is not as hot as their Socorro hot sauce. I’m a bit of a hot wing purist, so I’m not thrilled with the fact that these wings were breaded, but the flavor was excellent.
Also set to be offered this season are Fried Cheese Curds (made with deep fried Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar cheese curds), Deep-Fried Pickles and Barbecue Wings, though these particular choices were not on our sample menu for the day.
Keeping Things Both Craft And Local – This Season At Safeco Field, You’ll Find:
- Oola Distillery – Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
- Woodinville Whiskey Company – Woodinville, WA
- Rogue Spirits – Portland, OR
- Fremont Mischief Distillery – Seattle, WA
- 7 Seas Brewing – Gig Harbor, WA
- Skagit River Brewery – Mt. Vernon, WA
- Silver City Brewery – Bremerton, WA
- Fremont Brewing Company – Seattle, WA
- Georgetown Brewing – Seattle, WA
- Pyramid Brewing – Seattle, WA
- Elysian Brewing – Seattle, WA
- Schooner Exact – Seattle, WA
- Black Raven Brewing – Redmond, WA
- GoodLife Brewing – Bend, OR
- Oakshire Brewing – Eugene, OR
- Diamond Knot Brewery – Mukilteo, WA
- No-Li Brewhouse – Spokane, WA
- Laurelwood Brewing – Portland, OR
You’ll also be able to find local wines, on tap, at ‘First Base Vine’ on the Main Concourse as well as Section 126 (1st Base Vine) Section 226 (Wine Bar) and Section 248 (Sound Bar). They’ll offer the Safeco Red Blend (73% Syrah, 24% Grenache, 3% Mourvedre from Frenchman Hills, Willow Crest, Den Hoed and Alder Ridge) and Safeco Sauvignon Blanc (99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Semillon from Oasis, A&R and Frenchman Hills).
As you can see, when you come to Safeco Field this season to cheer on the Mariners, you’d better bring your appetite as well. I really enjoyed the selections I was able to sample during this preview event, and I think you will too. Here’s to a championship 2014 Seattle Mariners season, and to the best food, craft beer, liquor and wine choices you’ll find at any Major League Baseball stadium across the nation. To see more photos from the preview event I attended, look here on Facebook.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.