Friday, September 07, 2007
Being Served A Cold Beer, Warm Hot Dog and not having to wait in line two full innings to get it--will make me happy. With the naming of Centerplate as the Concessionaire at New Nationals Park, there is the unique opportunity to completely overhaul the entire concept from start to finish on Food Offerings, Staffing & Management for home games of Our Washington Nationals.
Conceptualization that Centerplate has a reputation for directing. From personal experience, This South Carolina Based Company's handling of Food Services at AT&T Park in San Francisco is nothing short of outstanding. Quality choices--unique to The Bay Area. Sure, if you want the basic Beer & Hot Dog--so be up. Its there. But, you can't beat the quality offerings--Latino, Chinese, Italian or Asian also on the menu. Most importantly--all from local vendors--native to San Francisco.
Any InGame experience at The San Francisco Giants Home Park is a mini-tour of one of America's Greatest Cities--all rolled up in one. Really, its hard to beat this fabulous park.
An effort, I fully expect to realize from Centerplate's work at New Nationals Park. From over 130 Venues across America--this company claims it approaches the food service industry at its venues in a different light. Centerplate has their own Executive Chefs--their own Personal Recipes--and the Reputation to always invite Local Representative Vendors into their Stadiums and Arena (Centerplate also has the contract for Fed Ex Field and The DC Convention Center--but I have never used their services there before--so I can't comment on that aspect).
A Game Plan that any fan following Our Washington Nationals has to be excited about.
How many times have you heard someone say about Concessions at Nationals Games: Why does Aramark run out of food? How come they can't provide anything of quality? Where's Ben's Chili Bowl; Burrito Brothers; Hard Times Cafe, or Ledo Pizza? Among others. Can we get some healthy offerings? Better quality foods? Where are all the Micro Brews well established in the DC Area? Can we get some SERVICE EMPLOYEES that seem to care? Concerns that are well beyond the antiquated state of RFK Stadium.
Certainly--those are just a few of the worries.
But, make no mistake about it--As Our Washington Nationals jump from RFK Stadium to New Nationals Park, that move best come with a supreme makeover of The Concessions. While The Expectations of potential success are rising on the field of play, the Optimism for the quality food and services provided for patrons best be READY & ENABLED COME OPENING DAY--2008.
As you can imagine, I have been looking into the entire makeover. Bob Pascal, The Vice President of Marketing for Centerplate has been kind enough to answer a great many questions that I know Fans of Our Washington Nationals are concerned about. In the process-my hope is that a dialog can develop among Our Washington Nationals, Centerplate and Our Fans.
Once I transcribe the interview--it will post up on The Nats320 Blog. But, if you have ideas about what you wish to see on food and drink offerings at New Nationals Park--I encourage you to leave your remarks in the comment area here. Personally, I will attempt forwarding them along to Centerplate Management and hopefully get some answers.
There is no time, better than the present--to let your voice be heard--on what you want to eat and drink on South Capitol Street.
The Interview coming this weekend.