'Home Plate' Cookbook Celebrating Ballpark Dishes, a Guaranteed Hit for Father's Day

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"Home Plate: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine" is the first cookbook to celebrate dishes from ballparks, stadiums and arenas around the United States. New for this baseball season, the cookbook was developed by the Sportservice division of global hospitality and food service provider Delaware North Companies. Sportservice handles concessions and premium dining at St. Louis' Busch Stadium, Soldier Field in Chicago and 50 other sports venues. The cookbook includes recipes such as the Milwaukee Stadium Bratwurst, Buffalo Wings from HSBC Arena in Buffalo and Fish Tacos from PETCO Park in San Diego.

It's the bottom of the ninth and you need both a gift and a special meal for dad on Father's Day. With a stacked roster of recipes, "Home Plate: From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine" is a cookbook that can help you hit a grand slam.

New for this baseball season, "Home Plate" gives fathers their first opportunity to create and savor favorite stadium, arena and ballpark dishes from across the United States in their own home and off the grill.

The 163-page special edition cookbook from Delaware North Companies' Sportservice division features more than 70 recipes, short profiles of the venues and home teams, and mouth-watering, full-color photography that makes it a natural for the coffee table.

"Most fathers love sports and food, and this cookbook celebrates both in a unique way," said Sportservice Corporate Chef Rolf Baumann, who oversees the company's chefs and menus at Chicago's Soldier Field, St. Louis' Busch Stadium and more than 50 other sports venues.

Baumann took part in every step of the cookbook's development, from selecting the recipes to testing them to ensure they could be created at home. They run the gambit from hot dogs and other traditional ballpark fare, to regional favorites such as Toasted Ravioli from St. Louis to contemporary dishes such as Bock Beer Poached Shrimp from TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

Among the other recipes:

    Fried cookie dough from the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ball Park.

    Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings from the Buffalo Sabres' HSBC Arena.

    Monster of the Midway Chili from the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field.

    Eggplant Rollatini from the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park.

    The Cleveland Bomber roast beef tortilla from the Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field.

    Fish Tacos from the San Diego Padres' PETCO Park.

Also included is the famous Stadium Bratwurst from Milwaukee's Miller Park. The "brat" is slathered in Secret Stadium Sauce, which was invented by Sportservice President Rick Abramson when he worked at County Stadium in the 1970s. It's a favorite of NBC's Bob Costas.

The cookbook can be ordered at Shop Delaware North and shipped in time for Father's Day. Cost is $50 plus shipping. Also available is Delaware North's first cookbook, "Pathways to Plate," developed by Master Chef Roland Henin to celebrate dishes at the company's parks and resorts locations such as The Ahwahnee at Yosemite National Park.

"Home Plate" is also available in select Sportservice ballpark, stadium and arena retail stores.

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice

Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.

Throughout its 90-year history, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing healthier food selections and creative cuisine to twists on traditional fare and new organic options, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.

About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit http://www.DelawareNorth.com.

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