If your New Year’s plans include a hockey game at Citizens Bank Park Monday, Jan. 2 – the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Flyers and the Rangers – you will be able to find plenty of hot food during the outdoor extravaganza.
The weather is supposed to be seasonable, in the low 40s and partly cloudy. That’s really ideal for most fans. So what’s on tap in the food department? ARAMARK is the concessions and merchandise partner for the Winter Classic. According to a press release, it “has added specialty hot menu items, like homemade gourmet soups and paninis to the game day menu at seven locations. These ‘Hot Spots’ will offer two soup options – tomato bisque or chicken, cannellini bean and Tuscan kale soup. In the panini department there will be maple roasted turkey panini or whole grain mustard marinated petit filet and Vermont cheddar grilled cheese panini.”
And yes, a special hot chocolate will be offered. ARAMARK chefs “have created a Flyers-inspired hot chocolate that’s topped with whipped cream, orange sprinkles and drizzled with chocolate syrup” in addition to hot apple pie, s’mores, coffee and tea.
Guests dining in the Hall of Fame Club or Citizens Bank Park Suites will be treated to “Broad Street Bullies breakfast sandwiches” made with cage free eggs and served on Liscio’s rolls. In addition, ARAMARK senior executive chef, Glenn Richmond, has created a menu featuring comfort foods like slow roasted pork sandwiches, skirt steak sandwiches, lobster salad BLTs and Victory Lager braised beef brisket, among other menu items.
And then there is dessert. Fans can choose among homemade butterscotch bread pudding with a bourbon crème anglaise, homemade cupcakes, cookies stuffed with chocolate ganache, hazelnut or spiced butter cream, or gourmet hot chocolate made with steamed whole milk, Belgian chocolate and mini marshmallows.
“When we designed the NHL Winter Classic menu, we wanted to showcase Citizens Bank Park’s most popular items and adapt others to be relevant for a hockey crowd,” said Chef Richmond in the press release. “The result is a fan-friendly mixture of Philadelphia classics and new items that are sure to become fan favorites.”
If your tastes are more to what’s served at a Phillies’ game, you can choose from Ashburn Alley, Citizen Bank Park’s outfield food mecca. It is lined with local food purveyors like Tony Luke’s Steaks, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Bull’s BBQ, Seasons Pizza and Campo’s. Some stands in the Alley, like Planet Hoagie, will also offer special cold weather fare, including warm chicken cutlet sandwiches, grilled chicken Italiano sandwiches and turkey sandwiches, as well as chili.
Gourmet food for a hockey game that promises to be one of the top events in Philadelphia in 2012. If you don’t have a ticket for the game, there’s always that comfortable chair in the family room and your own goodies. The puck drops at 1 p.m. on NBC.