Spring has finally arrived in the Northwest and that means, of course, the return of baseball. For the past few years, I’ve kept you up to date on what delicious craft beers and gourmet food choices you can expect to find each Seattle Mariners season at Safeco Field.
Well, it’s that time again and I’ve been invited back to check out some new offerings for this year’s menu. Ethan Stowell has, once again, partnered with Centerplate and the Seattle Mariners to bring you some amazing creations including: Seattle ‘Wings’ (Taylor Shellfish Farms fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce), authentic Oaxacan chapulines (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning), and frozen custard cookie sandwiches.
Here is the full press release from The Seattle Mariners, Centerplate and Ethan Stowell:
AMERICAN CLASSICS & INTERNATIONAL FAVORITES–WITH A SEATTLE TWIST
AMONG THE MENU UPDATES FOR SAFECO FIELD IN 2017
Seattle Mariners, Centerplate and Ethan Stowell continue partnership that’s made Safeco Field a destination for great food and drink
Centerplate, the Mariners hospitality partner, and noted Seattle restaurateur and Safeco Field consulting chef Ethan Stowell are continuing a now seven-year collaboration that has earned Safeco Field a reputation for locally-inspired restaurant-quality food in a ballpark setting.
The ‘Pen Refresh
The ‘Pen, Safeco Field’s destination for signature concessions and socializing, is getting an update with four new food concepts from some of Seattle’s best-loved restaurants.
Ballard Pizza Co., by Ethan Stowell, will serve pizza by the slice, as well as Caesar salad. Selections include cheese; pepperoni; Funghi (seasonal fresh mushrooms and thyme); Staple & Fancy (pepperoni, pineapple and jalapeño); Primo (Zoe salami, red onion, pickled peppers and fresh mozzarella).
Dynamite Chicken is another Ethan Stowell concept, from his Bramling Cross restaurant. Menu items include Dynamite Chicken (Stowell’s own buttermilk-marinated fried chicken); hot wings with honey-chili sauce; “Seattle Wings” (Taylor Shellfish Farms fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce); salty, vinegary pickle fries and spicy tater tots.
Great State Burger, a Josh Henderson restaurant, brings its take on the classic American burger to the ballpark featuring organically raised beef with a single or double patty, with or without cheese. There’s also Great State’s signature veggie burger (organic grains and seasonal vegetables, deep-fried). Sides include crinkle cut fries and organic chocolate, strawberry or vanilla milkshakes.
Poquitos authentic Mexican cuisine takes over the Northwest Mex concept at Edgar’s Cantina and Edgar’s Tacos with a selection of street-style tacos (chicken, beef and pork) served on hand-made corn tortillas. Offerings also include seasonal margaritas and authentic Oaxacan chapulines (toasted grasshoppers with chile-lime salt seasoning). Both locations will continue to be known as Edgar’s.
Uptown China takes over the Intentional Wok at Section 133 on the Main Level with classic Asian combinations including beef and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken, Kung Pao chicken, Mongolian beef, sweet and sour pork, as well as fried rice, hot and sour soup, bubble tea and giant Mariners fortune cookies.
Heritage Distilling of Gig Harbor has a new partnership with the Mariners that includes naming rights for Safeco Field’s Third Base Terrace Club Lounge, which is now known as the Heritage Distilling Co. BSB Lounge. Heritage’s award-winning spirits, including the signature BSB (brown sugar bourbon), will be featured at the BSB Lounge.
Rita’s Italian Ice joins the lineup at Safeco Field this season offering refreshing, made-fresh daily frozen ices, gelati (Italian ice layered with frozen custard), Misto shakes (Italian ice blended with frozen custard), frozen custard cups, cones (regular and waffle) and sundaes, as well as frozen custard cookie sandwiches, at five locations throughout the ballpark on the Main and View Levels.
Frozen Rope Sandwich Company, a new concept near Section 132 on the Main Level, features made-to-order ice cream sandwiches with choice of Hope’s gourmet cookies, house-made brownies, hand-scooped Snoqualmie Valley or Lopez Island Creamery ice cream, rolled in toppings like mini M&Ms, Fruity Pebbles, nuts or chocolate sprinkles. Frozen Rope also features hand-dipped Stubborn Soda Root Beer floats and, for those 21 and up, hard root beer floats.
Fletcher’s returns as the “official hot dog of the Seattle Mariners.” The all-beef frank recipe that was served from 1990-1999 at the Kingdome is back and will be available at concession stands around Safeco Field. Packaged Mariners dogs will also be sold at retail locations throughout the Northwest.
CB’s Nuts, the Northwest’s premier small-batch nut roaster, is offering slow-roasted in-the-shell peanuts and other products at the ballpark beginning this season. CB’s is paired at Section 132 on the Main Level with a selection of Northwest craft beers.
Seattle’s own Caffé Vita is the new official coffee provider for Safeco Field with a variety of coffee beverages including cold brew. The independent, locally owned company has been roasting coffee in Seattle since 1995 and operates nine cafés in the Pacific Northwest as well as a roasteria café in New York City and a café in Los Angeles.
Barrel-Aged Ale joins the cask-conditioned ale offered at Section 129 on the Main Level with rotating taps of small-batch barrel-aged ales from participating Northwest brewers including Black Raven, Georgetown and Silver City Brewery.
Hop Valley Brewing of Springfield, Oregon, brings its IPAs, ales and lagers to Safeco Field at a new location down the left field line on the Main Level. A converted shipping container outfitted with taps will pour a rotating selection of Hop Valley’s original brews.
Columbia Winery & Beringer Founders’ Estate Wines
Washington’s own Columbia Winery is the new “house” wine at Safeco Field. The award-winning red and white wines will be served at concession stands, clubs and restaurants throughout the ballpark. Beringer Founders’ Estate fine wines will be available at 1st Base Vine, near Section 126 on the Main Level with a selection of varietals available by the glass and full-bottle carafe.
Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There®” for more than 116 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 more than 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 14 Super Bowls and 22 World Series. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, or connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook/centerplate.
About Ethan Stowell Restaurants
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, Frēlard Pizza Company, Bramling Cross, Marine Hardware, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, and Ballard Pizza Company SLU, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients, and allowing the food to do the talking.
Stowell was named one of the 2008 Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine and chosen as a Best New Chef All-Stars in 2013. He and his wife and business partner Angela were the recipients of the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award.
Since 2010, chef Stowell has consulted with Centerplate on the Safeco Field food and beverage program. This collaboration has won Safeco Field a reputation for serving locally inspired restaurant-quality food in a ballpark setting. In addition to Dynamite Chicken, Ballard Pizza Company, Holy Smokes BBQ, and Sound Seafood, Stowell originated the “Northwest Mex” concept for the popular Edgar’s Cantina and Edgar’s Tacos. He has also created menu items featured at Safeco Field Sausage Company, Hit it Here Café, and in the Private Suites.
This year’s media food and drink preview event takes place on Thursday, April 6th – just 4 days before the Mariners home opener against the Houston Astros. I’m looking forward to checking out the new food and drink offerings for the 2017 season. Watch for my recap of the preview event on April 7th. Go M’s!
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.