Food And Drink Preview For The 2015 Mariners Season At Safeco Field

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Today I was invited to join a group of several other local journalists down at Safeco Field for an in-depth preview of the new food and drink options that will be available for the 2015 Seattle Mariners season.  With the home opener coming up in just five days, this was a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at all the new high-end food and drink options that Mariners fans will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Safe this year.

Last year’s offerings included delicious choices like Apple Wood Smoked Salmon Chowder, ‘Dirty’ Tots With Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, Carlton Farms Pork Belly & Bay Valley Picked Peppers, and Fish & Chips With Manny’s Pale Ale Batter among other selections; plus cask beers from local Northwest breweries like Georgetown Brewing CompanyOakshire Brewing Company and others.

This year I was eager to return and try some of the new choices chef Ethan Stowell and his team had come up with, and to sample a few of the new craft beer choices available this season.  The featured brewery at Safeco this season is Seattle’s own Pike Brewing Company, but you’ll also find options from other local breweries like Black Raven Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Schooner Exact BrewingFremont Brewing and many more.

Chef Ethan Stowell

Chef Ethan Stowell

Shortly after everyone arrived, we were greeted by Ethan Stowell and presented with an eight course menu (nine, if you include the after-meal cocktail or coffee from Peets Coffee), which included the following selections – all new for the 2015 Mariners season:

Dungeness Crab Sandwich ($16)
-Dungeness crab with house-made lemon aioli on garlic butter-grilled Alaskan Sourdough Bakery bread.

Dungeness Crab Sandwich

Dungeness Crab Sandwich

 

This offering was somewhat similar to the Dungeness Crab Rolls offered last season and was quite tasty.  The lump Dungeness crab meat was very firm and very fresh and it paired beautifully with the Pike Kilt Lifter I’d been sipping on before this first course arrived.  You can find this sandwich at the Way Back Crab Shack, located in center field on the Main Level (under Section 185).

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog ($9.50)
-1/4 lb Cloverdale hot dog wrapped in Bavarian Meats bacon, topped with grilled onions & jalapeño, finished with chipotle crema.  Find this dog at Edgar’s Tacos & Cantina Nachos locations in the stadium.

My Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Sample

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

On my way to the Hit It Here Club on the 1st base line, I passed by Edgar’s Tacos where they were serving up these bacon-wrapped beauties for some guests of the Mariners.  I resisted the urge to grab an entire dog myself, knowing I had a full sample menu ahead of me, including a sample of these bacon-wrapped dogs, but I could have easily finished off a whole one without any problem.  The hot dog alone was quite tasty, but when you add in the Bavarian Meats bacon and chipotle crema, I didn’t even need to think about adding any other condiments.  This dog was just fine the way it was.

Pacific Seafood Gumbo ($6/$8)
-Pacific oysters and shrimp, Andouille sausage, okra, peppers and onions in a nutty brown roux, served over a mound of jasmine rice.

Pacific Seafood Gumbo (With Pike Brewing XXXXX Stout)

Pacific Seafood Gumbo (With Pike Brewing XXXXX Stout)

I’m a big fan of gumbo and most Southern style foods and, as gumbos go, this one was actually pretty solid.  The sample bowl I had was just brimming with shrimp, oysters and Andoullie sausage in every bite and the roux was satisfyingly thick.  Also, for just $6 a cup, it’s one of the better deals you’ll find on this menu.

Hit It Here Burger ($14)
-Two 1/2 lb Rainier Ranch grass-fed beef patties, caramelized onion, Tillamook cheddar cheese.

Hit It Here Burger

Hit It Here Burger

I love a good burger.  Some of my local favorites include Zippy’s and, of course, the iconic Red Mill.  The sample of the Hit It Here Burger I sampled today may not quite rival those choices for my favorite, but it was definitely a solid burger nonetheless.  Doubling down with two 1/4 lb patties makes this a satisfying burger and the caramelized onions were a nice touch.

Flatbread Pizza ($12-$15)
-Prosciutto & Arugula – Figs, fresh mozzarella cheese, prosciutto di Parma.
-Calabrian – Calabrian chiles, artichoke hearts, red onoin, Pecorino Romano, fontina, olive oil.
-BBQ Chicken – Grilled Draper Valley Farms chiclen smothered in raspberry jalapeño BBQ sauce, topped with green & red onions.

Calabrian Flatbread Pizza

Calabrian Flatbread Pizza

From these three choices, I sampled the Calabrian, which was the perfect choice for me and for anyone who likes their pizza a bit on the spicy side.  The Calabrian chiles gave it a nice but not overpowering kick and I never would have thought to pair the chile heat with artichoke hearts but, y’know, it really worked.  A very tasty little pie.  Another flatbread pizza being offered this season, but not on our sample menu today, will be Zoe’s Meats Pepperoni.

House-Made Bread Pudding ($8)
-Fresh baked bread with Ninkasi Bewing Co. (Eugene, OR) Oatis Oatmeal Stout, served with warm caramel sauce.

House-made Bread Pudding

House-made Bread Pudding

Even with the small sample sizes we were getting of each selection, after four courses I was starting to feel a bit full.  This was the first of three desert courses and, I must say, it was pretty tasty.  I’m no connoisseur of bread pudding, but the fresh bread and Ninkasi Oatis made for a tasty, and slightly crusty on the edges, treat.  The caramel sauce was just the icing on the ‘cake’.

Beer Float ($16)
-Five Times The Mudd – 22oz Bomber glass with Pike Brewing Company XXXXX Stout over Snoqualmie creamery Mukilteo Mudd ice cream.
Iron Horse Irish Death Porter over Salted Caramel Ice Cream.

Five Times The Mudd Beer Float

Five Times The Mudd Beer Float

You’ve had a stout float before right?  Right!?  If you haven’t, even if you don’t make it to a Mariners game this year, go get the ingredients and make yourself one of these now!  I’m a big fan of stout floats but when you use such high quality and local ingredients, that just puts it over the top.  We had a debate at my table over spoon an sip or mix it all together.  Personally, I do both.  I spoon and sip till I’m about halfway done, then mix.  Delicious – and one of the favorite deserts of Pike Brewing Company founder, Charles Finkel.

From The Private Suites Menu
-A la Mode Pies – Assorted Pies, served with ice cream from Seattle’s A la Mode Pies.
-Plum Bistro – Fresh made vegetarian dishes from Chef Makini Howell.

I’ll be honest here.  After the bread pudding and the beer float, I’d had my fill.  The pies and vegetarian dishes looked delicious, but I just couldn’t eat another bite.  If you attend any games this season in any of the private suites, however, you should give them a try.

From The Jack Daniel’s Caught Looking Lounge
-Mercer Mule Cocktail – Jack Daniels whiskey, Rachel’s Ginger Beer and s splash or lime, served over ice.

After a Pike Kilt Lifter, a Pike XXXXX Stout and a XXXXX Stout float, I decided to pass on this offering as well, but if you’re a Jack Daniels fan, this sounds like a great ‘Mule’ recipe.  There are also other cocktails available at different sections throughout the stadium.

Charles & Rose Ann Finkel Of Pike Brewing Company

Charles & Rose Ann Finkel – Pike Brewing Company

Continuing the tradition of offering the best craft beer selection of any Major League Baseball stadium, Safeco will have a wide selection of craft beers on tap this season and, to keep the selection interesting, craft tap offerings will rotate once each month.

This season at Safeco, you’ll find beers on tap from:

At the Hit It Here Cafe (Club Level):

  • Bale Breaker Brewing – Yakima, WA
  • Ballast Point Brewing – San Diego, CA
  • Black Raven Brewing – Redmond, WA
  • Blue Moon Brewing Co. – Golden, CO
  • Deschutes Brewing – Bend, OR
  • Diamond Knot Brewery – Mukilteo, WA
  • Fremont Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Full Sail Brewing – Hood River, OR
  • GoodLife Brewing – Bend, OR
  • Iron Horse Brewing – Ellensburg, WA
  • Laurelwood Brewing – Portland, OR
  • Ninkasi Brewing – Eugene, WA
  • No-Li Brewhouse – Spokane, WA
  • Northwest Brewing – Pacific, WA
  • Oakshire Brewing – Eugene, OR
  • Pike Brewing Co. – Seattle, WA
  • Rogue Ales – Newport, OR
  • Schooner Exact – Seattle, WA
  • 7 Seas Brewery – Gig Harbor, WA
  • Skagit River Brewery – Mount Vernon, WA
  • Stone Brewing Co. – San Diego, CA
  • 21st Amendment – San Francisco, CA
  • Two Beers Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Victory Brewing – Downington, PA

Cask Conditioned Ales (Main Concourse & Section 330 Good Hops):

  • Black Raven Brewing – Redmond, WA
  • Diamond Knot Brewery – Mukilteo, WA
  • Fremont Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Georgetown Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Laurelwood Brewing – Portland, OR
  • Schooner Exact – Seattle, WA
  • 7 Seas Brewery – Gig Harbor, WA
  • Silver City – Bremerton, WA
  • Skagit River Brew – Mount Vernon, WA
  • No-Li Brewhouse – Spokane, WA

Firkin Fridays (Field Level):

  • Every Friday in The ‘Pen, a local brew master will kick-off an extend Happy Hour. Normal Happy Hour includes $6 pints from the time the gates open until one hour before first pitch. On Firkin Fridays, Happy Hour will be extended until the firkin is dry. Select breweries from around the Northwest will be represented on a rotating basis on Firkin Fridays.

For those who prefer wine to beer, Safeco continues the trend of having wine on tap.  The Safeco Red Blend and Safeco Sauvignon Blanc are made from all Washington-grown grapes and served by the glass or carafe. Available at First Base Vine, Section 126; Club Level Wine Bar, Section 226; Sound Bar, Club Level, Section 248; Way Back Crab Shack, Main Level, Section 185; The Natural, Main Level, Section 132; First Base Vine, View Level, Section 327.

Suffice it to say that you’ll have no shortage of great food and drink options at Safeco Field this season.  Be sure to bring your appetite with you and enjoy the game with a few of these great selections.  Just don’t get so full that you can’t stand up and shout, GO MARINERS!

To see more photos from this event (including photos of the full serving size of most offerings – as opposed to the sample/taster sizes I had today pictured above), please visit my Facebook page.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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