There was a time, not too long ago, when the culinary offerings at the ballpark were pretty much hot dogs, peanuts, pretzels and beer. Sure, there was the occasional Cracker Jacks, and your polish dogs, but for the most part, you were fairly limited.
Those traditional offerings are still there for fans (as a personal note, a game isn’t a game for me without having a dog and a beer), but the variety and quality has grown considerably over time as baseball and vendors figured out that some fans enjoy the variety.
So, it should come as no surprise that the upcoming MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals, would have some special entrees for fans coming to see the Midsummer Classic. With Kauffman Stadium being run by ARAMARK for food and other concessions, they have released their “All-Star menu” for the events.
In the city known for barbecue, ARAMARK’s Executive Chef at Kauffman Stadium, Erin Wishon’s team will smoke all barbecued meats at the ballpark -- some for as long as eight hours. Chef estimates they will smoke more than 5,000 pounds of meat, including 2,400 pounds of brisket, 1,800 pounds of pulled pork and more than 600 racks of ribs, and use 650 gallons of barbecue sauce over the course of the weekend!
Other barbecue highlights from Kauffman Stadium’s All-Star concessions menu include:
- KC Rib Eye Stack Sandwich: Seasoned rib eye steak with cheddar cheese, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickle on a bun.
- All-Star BBQ Dog: A classic, all-beef hot dog topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, pickle slices and barbecue sauce.
- Royal Bacon Blue Dog: An all-beef hot dog topped with blue cheese sauce, chopped bacon and red onion.
- Cheesy Corn Brisket-acho: Crisp tortilla chips topped with smoked brisket, baked beans, cheesy corn, coleslaw and barbecue sauce.
Select READ MORE to see other menu highlights, as well as details on ASG patches for caps and custom laser-etched bats.
For a twist on traditional ballpark fare, fans can check out the new food additions to the Kauffman Stadium lineup this season:
- KC Cantina Taco Truck: Located behind right-center field in the Outfield Experience, the new KC Cantina Taco Truck features a variety of tacos, a seafood quesadilla, and cinnamon coated churros.
- Urban Wok: Egg rolls, crab rangoon and other Asian food offerings are available at the Urban Wok, located at section 239 along the first base line on the Field/Plaza Level.
- Blue Moose Bar & Grill: Fans can get a taste of Blue Moose Bar & Grill’s sausage emporium at the Blue Moose stand, located inside Rivals Express on the east side of Rivals Sports Bar in right field.
- Budweiser Patio: Anheuser-Busch and the Royals unveiled the new Budweiser Patio atop Rivals Sports Bar on Opening Day. The patio features a variety of food and beverage choices and is equipped with an awning to protect fans from the sun and elements.
In addition to new concessions items, the Dugout Doghouse stand, featuring seven uniquely topped hot dogs, is expected to be a fan favorite. Of the 40,000 hot dogs expected to be sold during the weekend, many will be specialty dogs like the Royal Bacon Blue Dog and Kansas City Dog (an all-beef hot dog topped with Swiss cheese, grilled sauerkraut and Boulevard Pale Ale Mustard).
All-Star visitors will also enjoy local favorites, such as craft beers from Boulevard Brewing Company and frozen custard and other sweet treats from Sheridan’s Lattes and Frozen Custard, in the ballpark.
Chef Wishon has created a suites menu utilizing local, sustainable and fresh ingredients to entice fans during All-Star Weekend. Some highlights from Kauffman Stadium’s suites menu include:
- All-Star Champions menu features flash crisp Yukon gold chips with spicy barbecue or white cheddar seasonings and house-made caramelized onion dip, local artisan cheese display, farm fresh fruit platter, farmers market seasonal crudités and more.
- MVP menu features a charcuterie platter with an assortment of cured meats, smoked chicken cobb salad, shrimp cocktail shots with heirloom tomato gazpacho, specialty barbecue chicken flatbread, local grilled peach salad, mini mason jars filled with peach cobbler, warm apple pie and chocolate pot de crème, and more.
- KC Barbecue menu offers local smoked bourbon chicken with succotash and black peppercorn roasted potato, hickory smoked barbecue ribs smoked for three hours, beef burnt ends, specialty white flatbread with roasted garlic, Boursin, mozzarella and provolone cheeses, classic barbecue sides like cheesy corn, molasses baked beans and corn muffins, and more.
In addition to providing in-seat service on select menu items, the Diamond Club, located behind home plate, features fan favorites like KC nachos with chipotle pulled chicken, José Peppers espinaca queso, crispy beer battered dill pickles with honey mustard aioli, specialty burgers, beef burnt end sandwich, and foot long Sheboygan brat sandwich.
The .390 Bar & Grill, named for George Brett’s .390 batting average during the 1980 season, will feature an all-inclusive buffet All-Star Weekend that offers a different menu of starters, soups, salads, entrees and desserts each night. Some menu highlights include, crab salad stuffed Compari tomatoes, local Riesling poached pear salad, seared and smoked king salmon, wood grilled duck, Velveeta and bacon stuffed cheese burgers with special sauce, lemon curd, white chocolate mousse parfaits, and more. The .390 Bar & Grill is located on the 300 level of the ballpark.
The menu at Rivals Sports Bar, located along the first base line in right field, features flat iron chicken quesadilla, Jose Peppers espinaca dip and chips, mini dog slammers, bacon double cheeseburger, Sheboygan brat, and desserts, like the chocolate chip cookie tower, root beer floats and more.
All-Star Game Patches, Laser Engraved Bats
On top of the food offerings, ARAMARK also handles merchandise sales at Kauffman Stadium.
For the first time during MLB All-Star Weekend, fans can have an All-Star patch heat sealed on their favorite team’s 59FIFTY authentic New Era cap. All-Star bats can also be custom laser engraved inside the ballpark, and All-Star jerseys can also be customized. Lastly, for fans wanting to trade licensed team sports pins, there will be a “Pin Trading Center” outside the Majestic Team Store.
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