Friday, August 24, 2012

Giveaway Winner and Sampling Browns Stadium

Thank you to everyone that entered my Chefs Unbridled ticket giveaway this week. Drum roll selected lucky #31- 6502Programmer. Please email me by Monday to claim your prize, or I will select another winner. Include your contact information so that I can pass it on to the organizers of Chefs Unbridled. Tickets are still on sale, if you didn't win.

Now, on to today's post. It is almost Browns regular season. How did that happen? I know that it is right around the corner, because "R" has been rattling on about the home opener tailgating menu for weeks. He takes his tailgating food very seriously. Because isn't fun and delicious game day food half of the experience?

Well, Browns Stadium thinks so. That's why the Cleveland Browns Hospitality Group partnered with three of our area's top chefs to provide game day goodies like no other stadium offers. New dining options from Michael Symon, Jonathon Sawyer, and Rocco Whalen are available for all club and luxury levels ticket holders this season. As part of a tasting preview for club level ticket holders last week, a few of us (bloggers and traditional media representatives) were invited to attend and sample for ourselves. We tried a little bit of everything.
Sawyer's Street Frites will offer menu items such as several kinds of frites (I suggest the Carbonara or Gravy), fish and chips, polish boy, brisket, spiced peanuts, and Danko's Donuts.
Rocco has taken his popular Rosie & Rocco's concept from the casino, and will be serving lovely salads, a variety of meatballs, and specialty pizzas.
Now, Michael Symon wasn't at the event but his larger-than-life mural on the wall reminded you of who was behind the concept of the popular B-Spot. You may remember from a previous post, that I am not a fan of B-Spot. During multiple visits, I found the meat to be dry and under seasoned. Interesting toppings, but beyond that I wasn't impressed with his burgers. Well, the Fat Doug burger that we shared (topped with coleslaw, pastrami, Swiss, and mustard) actually had great flavor and I loved the meat for the first time. Of course, these chefs aren't going to be executing these menus every day at the stadium, so maybe this partnership with ARAMARK was a good thing for the B-Spot burger?

Overall, we all really enjoyed the food and it was certainly leaps and bounds over anything else that I've ever tried at a stadium. The prices are pretty reasonable too, compared to other stadium fare. So, if you are a club or luxury level ticket holder this're in for a treat! These dining options are also available for special events and catering. Browns Stadium is on the cutting edge of stadium food, which is exciting and something to be proud of. It certainly heightened the anticipation of the home opener for me!

Stay tuned for another Browns-related post coming up on Monday (hint, hint-- it's a giveaway for one of my favorite events). Happy Friday, folks!

Disclosure: I was invited by the Cleveland Browns Hospitality Group to join them for a club tasting, and was provided with some delicious food and Browns swag. The opinions stated above are 100% my own. Go Browns!