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(Some Food Guy)   Chef at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks and Sounders, upgrades stadium concessions to include more gourmet food like chicken & waffles, poke, and the "phởrito" which is exactly what it sounds like   ( sounderatheart.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Seattle Seahawks, Chef Michael, Qwest Field, stadium food, Goal Hospitality, CenturyLink Field, Executive Chef Michael, Seattle  
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2017-03-19 07:31:06 PM  
I have live in the south for pretty much most of my 72 years. Until the last 15 years I've never heard or had chicken and waffles. I have had chicken fried in bacon fat. It's pretty good.
 
2017-03-19 07:44:57 PM  
I cannot find a better picture of said phởritos online, but the idea intrigues me and I like what little I see.

/Pho sho.
 
2017-03-19 07:52:30 PM  
I used to work for Aramark Food Service, and their Sports/Entertainment division does food for the Seahawks. In fact, my Executive Chef at Glenndale Arena when I went to Phoenix was Executive Sous Chef at that Arena as well.

Aramark's Sports/Entertainment division does some AMAZING food. When I was in Phoenix, we were doing chipotle-lime prime rib, I had free rein on my specials, presentation was a huge deal. Quality was ALWAYS a big deal, from when we did lamb, to sesame covered rice balls, carnitas, to lemon-saffron flatbreads. Aramark always put the food way ahead. And while it sounds like the contract has shifted to a new provider, the venue STILL wants quality.

The one bugbear when doing stadium food, especially for the club seats and suites, is that folks constantly want not JUST hotdogs and beer, but a variety, and you have to give that to them. It DOES look like they're continuing with the same trend that Chef Jay and Chef O'Brian were obsessed by, and that is elevation and NO Gottverdammt rectangular chaffing dishes. We were NEVER allowed any such things, and that meant some investment in paella pans, that meant a lot of cast iron, that meant all manner of displays, but in the end, you wanted to hear sauce sizzle when brought out a replacement flat of steak.

Going to parks and stadiums today means a LOT of great food choices, overall. And good on the Seahawks for continuing the tradition that Jay set while he was there.
 
2017-03-19 10:12:54 PM  
@$30 each
 
2017-03-19 10:31:32 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: @$30 each


Yeah, but if you add just $12, you can get a beer with it.
 
2017-03-19 10:36:09 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: @$30 each


Actually, if I recall correctly, that is the price of the buffet itself. Which has gone up a bit over the years, but not by much. Then again, if the food service has changed hands, I might expect there to be a bit of a difference. When I was doing Sports/Entertainment, $28.00 bought you as many trips through the buffet as you wanted, and unlimited desserts on that line as well. And there were still folks selling popcorn, hotdogs, and more if you wanted to go à la carte. The buffet was usually the better deal, over all. Though, we did do fresh sliced prime rib for our steak sandwiches on the Action Stations, and part of the fun was that we prepared everything to order. Action stations offered up different stuff from your buffet, and prices did head up fast as you piled on more stuff onto your plate. Then again, we were giving out 8oz Hebrew National All Beef franks that were big enough to intimidate some customers--though rarely their wives...
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2017-03-19 10:38:37 PM  
Some say these three menu items are actually new, but only one is agreed upon unanimously.
 
2017-03-19 11:10:46 PM  
Sorry but chicken and waffles is meh.  Really a chicken tender and a waffle, big freakin deal.  Best I can tell it came from NEW YORK CITY!  Really Harlem, and is not a Southern Tradition.
 
2017-03-19 11:20:32 PM  
I'm going to be so glad when the poke fad is over. Spicy stuff, yes. Tuna sashimi, yes. Sesame oil, yes. Whatever that diesel-smelling nastiness is that is produced when mixing these things together, no.
 
2017-03-19 11:34:26 PM  

interstellar_tedium: Sorry but chicken and waffles is meh.  Really a chicken tender and a waffle, big freakin deal.  Best I can tell it came from NEW YORK CITY!  Really Harlem, and is not a Southern Tradition.


Chicken and waffles is a Soul Food thing, not a Southern thing. The Pennsylvania Dutch do chicken and waffles, but that's stewed chicken and very savory.

I'm all for more Soul Food at Arenas. If nothing else, because I REALLY like Sweet Potato pie, skillet cornbread and I will stab a really dickish baby for some black eyed peas and ham hocks. The exception being okra, which I just don't like, no matter HOW it's prepared. The texture always gets me. But give me a mess of greens, and I'm a happy guy. But that's not really what folks can necessarily down with relative ease. Chicken and waffles is recognizable, and fairly easy to prepare at an Action Station where you can keep two or three waffle irons running at all times, and just crank those bastiches out.
 
2017-03-19 11:39:26 PM  
Pacers stadium had chicken and waffles for a season, it had bacon, it was glorious, then it was gone because apparently we need several nacho bars.
 
2017-03-19 11:50:23 PM  
Its Polk salad not poke
 
2017-03-19 11:56:03 PM  

hubiestubert: The exception being okra, which I just don't like, no matter HOW it's prepared.


You sir do not deserve Gumbo
 
2017-03-19 11:56:46 PM  
Pho get about it.
 
2017-03-20 12:24:55 AM  

interstellar_tedium: Sorry but chicken and waffles is meh.  Really a chicken tender and a waffle, big freakin deal.  Best I can tell it came from NEW YORK CITY!  Really Harlem, and is not a Southern Tradition.


NEW YORK CITY?!?!?
 
2017-03-20 12:25:34 AM  
I like my okra like I like my flyover country-mates...deep fried with breading.
 
2017-03-20 12:30:44 AM  
Kimcheeburger Kimcheeburger Kimcheeburger ! No Coke, Pepsi!
 
2017-03-20 12:38:06 AM  

jaylectricity: interstellar_tedium: Sorry but chicken and waffles is meh.  Really a chicken tender and a waffle, big freakin deal.  Best I can tell it came from NEW YORK CITY!  Really Harlem, and is not a Southern Tradition.

NEW YORK CITY?!?!?


GET A ROPE!


(those commercials always scared me, I mean they were gonna hang a guy over a jar of farking SALSA)
 
2017-03-20 01:04:30 AM  

omg bbq: (those commercials always scared me, I mean they were gonna hang a guy over a jar of farking SALSA)


What bothered me is that Pace is just a corporation. They're based in Texas? Texas doesn't even have the best salsa. All you need is the recipe and it doesn't matter if they made it in Singapore.
 
2017-03-20 01:08:50 AM  

jaylectricity: omg bbq: (those commercials always scared me, I mean they were gonna hang a guy over a jar of farking SALSA)

What bothered me is that Pace is just a corporation. They're based in Texas? Texas doesn't even have the best salsa. All you need is the recipe and it doesn't matter if they made it in Singapore.


That bothered you more than the threat of murder should you show up to a cowboy camp fire with the wrong salsa? WTF are you a lawyer???
 
2017-03-20 01:20:18 AM  

omg bbq: jaylectricity: omg bbq: (those commercials always scared me, I mean they were gonna hang a guy over a jar of farking SALSA)

What bothered me is that Pace is just a corporation. They're based in Texas? Texas doesn't even have the best salsa. All you need is the recipe and it doesn't matter if they made it in Singapore.

That bothered you more than the threat of murder should you show up to a cowboy camp fire with the wrong salsa? WTF are you a lawyer???


I never worry about getting murdered by cowboys. Pretty low probability on getting murdered by a cowboy. It's been decades before I've even seen one.
 
Ant
2017-03-20 01:20:45 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm going to be so glad when the poke fad is over. Spicy stuff, yes. Tuna sashimi, yes. Sesame oil, yes. Whatever that diesel-smelling nastiness is that is produced when mixing these things together, no.


A poke burrito is one of my favorite things to get for lunch.
 
2017-03-20 01:22:54 AM  

jaylectricity: omg bbq: jaylectricity: omg bbq: (those commercials always scared me, I mean they were gonna hang a guy over a jar of farking SALSA)

What bothered me is that Pace is just a corporation. They're based in Texas? Texas doesn't even have the best salsa. All you need is the recipe and it doesn't matter if they made it in Singapore.

That bothered you more than the threat of murder should you show up to a cowboy camp fire with the wrong salsa? WTF are you a lawyer???

I never worry about getting murdered by cowboys. Pretty low probability on getting murdered by a cowboy. It's been decades before I've even seen one.


Yes but from what I've learned there is a 100% chance of getting murdered by a cowboy if you offer them the wrong salsa. With so many choices of salsa out there how can you be sure???

I always thought pace tasted like ketchup, sugar, and mashed tomatoes but if ever cornered by a cowboy I'll lie and say it tastes like salsa because it's the only salsa I've ever had and oh god please don't kill me.
 
2017-03-20 01:34:26 AM  
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2017-03-20 01:58:46 AM  

Ant: AverageAmericanGuy: I'm going to be so glad when the poke fad is over. Spicy stuff, yes. Tuna sashimi, yes. Sesame oil, yes. Whatever that diesel-smelling nastiness is that is produced when mixing these things together, no.

A poke burrito is one of my favorite things to get for lunch.


A swig of actual diesel would be cheaper and less likely to give you worms.
 
2017-03-20 02:06:49 AM  

mikaloyd: hubiestubert: The exception being okra, which I just don't like, no matter HOW it's prepared.

You sir do not deserve Gumbo


Not if it's got okra in it. Which in Louisiana, that ain't easy.
 
2017-03-20 03:02:56 AM  

jaylectricity: I like my okra like I like my flyover country-mates...deep fried with breading.


I tried fried okra for the first time last summer. My mom's family is from the south, but I was born and raised in Arizona. I went to northern Florida to my sister's house, who is married into a family from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. They are SOUTHERN. My mom's just from north Florida. The first piece was OK, but I passed on the second one. Honestly, it was like slimy cactus. I did like the boiled peanuts, though. I had no idea that was even a thing.

I'm not a fish person, so I passed on the fried catfish, but their fried chicken was indescribable. Buttermilk, flour, elfin magic... I don't know what they put in it, but I've never had fried chicken like that in Arizona. The Colonel can kiss my ass now.
 
2017-03-20 03:32:17 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I'm going to be so glad when the poke fad is over. Spicy stuff, yes. Tuna sashimi, yes. Sesame oil, yes. Whatever that diesel-smelling nastiness is that is produced when mixing these things together, no.


Diesel smell? I don't know what you've been ingesting but it's not poke. Properly made Ahi Poke is the stuff of legend. Now I have had a place try to pass of some old tuna overly spiced to try to conceal the fact. Same place served a friend of mine "sashimi" that was seared.

Regardless. Just because some people don't know how to make it doesn't mean it's bad. Give me poke, sashimi and tare tare with a nice salad and I have food for life.
 
2017-03-20 09:57:07 AM  

mikaloyd: Its Polk salad not poke


it's 'it's'.
 
2017-03-20 10:30:29 AM  
You think this is bad, wait until hipsters decide that ramps is the next great thing.
 
2017-03-20 11:10:08 AM  

omg bbq: I always thought pace tasted like ketchup, sugar, and mashed tomatoes


Your taste buds must be messed up. Sugar?

Although yes, it tastes like mashed tomatoes, because that's what salsa is.
 
2017-03-20 11:22:19 AM  
Wake me up when the lower beer prices.
 
2017-03-20 12:14:14 PM  

The_Sponge: Wake me up when the lower beer prices.


LOL.. no shiate.

I don't drink beer at Hawks games anymore. Save my money for a chowder bowl and garlic fries. Drink later...
 
2017-03-20 12:18:18 PM  

litespeed74: The_Sponge: Wake me up when the lower beer prices.

LOL.. no shiate.

I don't drink beer at Hawks games anymore. Save my money for a chowder bowl and garlic fries. Drink later...



Good call.

I'll have two at the game, but I usually pre-funk at Pyramid and Shawn O'Donnell's.  (Breakfast at Shawn O'Donnell's is a game day tradition for me if I'm actually going.)

/Didn't make it to a single game last season.
//Been many years since I've done that.
 
2017-03-20 01:17:10 PM  

chucknasty: mikaloyd: Its Polk salad not poke

it's 'it's'.


rat's
 
2017-03-20 07:35:26 PM  

jaylectricity: omg bbq: I always thought pace tasted like ketchup, sugar, and mashed tomatoes

Your taste buds must be messed up. Sugar?

Although yes, it tastes like mashed tomatoes, because that's what salsa is.


Maybe so, it always seemed a little sweet and bland to me.
Like ketchup soup.   Surely you are not defending the honor of Pace Picante Sauce, wait if you are that's okay, but it's like the the low punching salsa that just phones it in.
 
2017-03-20 08:28:33 PM  
Chicken and waffles - that has been the signature dish at Roscoe's in LA for many decades. I scoffed but it ain't bad if you are resigned to having a gut bomb for dinner. Truth is there is probably not one among us who should be having that many calories at a single sitting but that's eating out in the US for you.
 
2017-03-20 08:34:39 PM  

omg bbq: jaylectricity: omg bbq: I always thought pace tasted like ketchup, sugar, and mashed tomatoes

Your taste buds must be messed up. Sugar?

Although yes, it tastes like mashed tomatoes, because that's what salsa is.

Maybe so, it always seemed a little sweet and bland to me.
Like ketchup soup.   Surely you are not defending the honor of Pace Picante Sauce, wait if you are that's okay, but it's like the the low punching salsa that just phones it in.


As far as commercially mass-produced, available almost everywhere salsas go, it is my favorite. Better than Chi-Chi's, Old El Paso, Tostito's, Newman's own, Ortega, etc.

I usually buy La Costena Homestyle Salsa. There are a couple of restaurants around here that have decent salsa that I'll buy some extra to take home. Doesn't touch something like Sadie's salsa from Albuquerque, though.
 
2017-03-21 06:25:24 AM  

oldernell: I have live in the south for pretty much most of my 72 years. Until the last 15 years I've never heard or had chicken and waffles. I have had chicken fried in bacon fat. It's pretty good.


Deep fried or pan fried?
 
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