Last April, I told you about a preview event at Safeco Field where I, along with several other members of the local media, were invited to sample some of the food and drink set to be offered for the 2014 Seattle Mariners baseball season. It was quite a spread, with delicious food including: Dungeness crab rolls, ‘Dirty’ Tots, Manny’s Beer Battered Fish And Chips, and several other delicious offerings. Plus, of course, one of the best beer selections offered at any major league baseball stadium.
I’ve been invited back again this year to check out some new offerings for this year’s menu, including: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs, the Seattle Burger, Edgar’s Tacos and more. Plus the addition this year of Pike Brewing Company beers on tap and Peet’s Coffee.
Here is the full press release from The Seattle Mariners, Centerplate and Ethan Stowell:
A SIGNATURE CRAB SANDWICH, UPDATED HIT IT HERE CAFÉ, PIKE BREWING COMPANY & PEET’S COFFEE AT SAFECO FIELD IN 2015
Centerplate & Seattle Chef Ethan Stowell continue the partnership that has made Safeco Field a destination for great food and beer
A mound of Dungeness crab meat dressed in house-made aioli on garlic butter-grilled sourdough bread is one of the menu updates fans can find at Safeco Field during the 2015 Seattle Mariners season.
Centerplate, the Seattle Mariners concessions partner, and noted Seattle restaurateur and Safeco Field consulting chef Ethan Stowell, have created a variety of new ballpark food based on fresh and local ingredients.
Other updates include a new décor and menu at the Hit It Here Café, the addition of Pike Brewing Company beer on tap, Peet’s Coffee as Safeco Field’s official coffee provider, and an improved selection of healthier, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Way Back Crab Shack
The Dungeness Crab sandwich highlights the Way Back Crab Shack, located in center field on the Main Level (under Section 185). “Dungeness crab is one of the Pacific Northwest’s iconic ingredients,” says Stowell. “It only seems right to have this delicious food showcased at Safeco Field, for a real taste of Seattle.” Chef Stowell’s creation pairs well with the rotating selection of draft beers from Seattle’s Pike Brewing Company, which joins Safeco Field’s best-in-baseball beer selection this season.
Hit It Here Café Refresh
The Hit It Here Café, located above right field on the Club Level, has a new Northwest casual décor and updated menu featuring Chef Stowell’s version of pub classics such as Swingin’ Wings, nachos, a Bacon & Egg burger, and a selection of flatbread pizzas, including:
- Arugula and prosciutto
- Calabrian chiles and fontina cheese
- Wild mushrooms and pecorino Romano cheese
- BBQ chicken and raspberry jalapeño sauce
- Zoe’s Meats Pepperoni.
For dessert, fans will find house-made bread pudding prepared with Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, OR) Oatis Oatmeal Stout and beer floats featuring craft beers poured over Snoqualmie creamery ice cream.
The Hit It Here menu items pair with a selection of two-dozen Northwest-and-beyond brews, rotated monthly. Options include Bale Breaker Brewing of Yakima, Iron Horse Brewing of Ellensburg and No-Li Brew House of Spokane.
Fans will find an expanded selection of healthier, vegetarian and gluten-free products at The Natural at Section 132 on the Main Level. New menu items include house-made quick-serve sandwiches and fresh salads such as beet and fennel and quinoa and kale. Beverage options include Seattle’s all-natural DRY Soda, Coors Peak gluten-free beer and Crispin Cider on tap. Field Roast vegetarian hot dogs will continue to be available at The Natural as well as select stands around the ballpark.
Peet’s Coffee joins Safeco Field as the ballpark’s new official coffee provider. Peet’s Coffee is a specialty coffee company, founded in Berkley, California in 1966, and is committed to premium, high-quality coffee and superior freshness. Peet’s will serve a full selection of its fresh drip coffee, uniquely crafted “hot and iced” espresso beverages and hot chocolate at various concession stands and restaurants throughout the ballpark.
Other new menu and concessions features include:
Bacon-wrapped hot dog — Edgar’s Cantina, Edgar’s Tacos & Cantina Nachos locations. Cloverdale quarter-pound hot dog wrapped in Bavarian Meats bacon, topped with sliced onions and jalapeños, finished with chipotle crema.
Seattle Burger — Hamburg+Frites, The ‘Pen. Expanding on the local favorite Seattle Dog hot dog is the Seattle Burger, a one-third pound all natural Northwest beef patty topped with cream cheese, pickled peppers and grilled onions on a Bakers Boys (Tacoma) fresh baked bun.
Edgar’s Tacos – Now available on the Terrace Club Level at Section 212. Also, fish tacos have been added to the menu at Edgar’s Tacos and Edgar’s Cantina in left field.
Pepsi Fan Deck – Main Level, Section 149. One-stop shop for refreshments and snacks featuring an expanded selection of Pepsi brand beverages (sodas, waters and juices), including Pure Leaf real brewed tea and the new Mountain Dew Kickstart caffeinated soda, juice and coconut water hydrating boost drink. A wide selection of Frito Lay snacks such as Cracker Jack, Doritos, Fritos, and more are available in single-serve sized bags.
Jack Daniels Caught Looking Lounge – The ‘Pen. A full-service bar with cocktails, beer and wine, presented by Jack Daniels, which joins Safeco Field as a Mariners corporate partner.
About the Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field
Safeco Field is the home of the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball’s American League West Division. Opened in July 1999, Safeco Field has drawn over 40,000,000 fans to baseball games and hosted such diverse non-baseball events as weddings, high school graduations, major charity fundraisers, WWE WrestleMania XIX, NCAA football and Gold Cup Soccer. Over the years, Safeco Field has earned a reputation for great food and beer and is noted by fans, Major League players and the media as one of the best ballparks in baseball for its beautiful setting and excellent sight lines.
Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There®” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 22 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, or connect via Twitter @centerplate or Facebook/centerplate.
About Ethan Stowell
Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione Xlll, Bar Cotto, Mkt., Red Cow and Chippy’s Fish and Drink. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients, and allowing the food to do the talking. In July of 2013, Stowell was named one of the Best New Chef All-Stars by Food & Wine magazine, and has been honored with multiple James Beard Award nominations for “Best Chef Northwest.” In 2010, Stowell launched Lagana Foods, an artisan pasta line, and began consulting for the Seattle Mariners. His work with the Mariners helps to bring local products into the ballpark for fans to enjoy. Deeply devoted to his hometown, Stowell is committed to seeing that Seattle is recognized nationally as a culinary destination. He and his wife, Angela, and two young sons, live in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood. To learn more, visitethanstowellrestaurants.com.
I had a great time at last year’s event and I’m looking forward to seeing what the chefs and brewers have up their sleeves for us this year. The preview event is set for April 1st, so watch for my update after the event. Go Mariners!
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.