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Take Me Out to the Ball Game…

June 4th, 2011 - By Lari Robling

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And the new refrain is “buy me some Go-Gurt and a healthy wrap!” The Phillies stadium, Citizen’s Bank Park, just rolled out a new healthy concession stand this year — Philly Fresh located behind section 139. Plus, find out how to vote for an all-star healthy sandwich.


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Taking in a ballgame, it’s an American summer pastime. And now there’s a lot more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks on the menu! At Phillies Citizen’s Bank Park you can get the iconic cheesesteak, hoagies, fries — even barbecue!

Char-grilled Turkey Burger vs. Grilled Chipotle Chicken Wrap
Char-grilled Turkey Burger vs. Grilled Chipotle Chicken Wrap

But despite once being named the city with the fattest citizens, it seems there’s a whole new ballgame when comes to our food attitude. Jeremy Campbell ARAMARK’s Director of Concessions says, “we heard an overwhelming cry for healthy options. People that just want the alternative to the cheesesteak and hot dog without having to eat a salad.” Yes, unbelievably he did say overwhelming! “I don’t know a solid number of how many people wanted healthy but it was the majority of the responses that wanted a healthy option. Overwhelming. To say one out of two would probably be safe.”

ARAMARK Director of Concessions Jeremy Campbell

So while you could always get vegetarian options and salads at the food stands, this year ARAMARK, who run all the concessions, dedicated an entire stand to healthy options. It’s called Philly Fresh — here’s what one customer says… “I ordered a Philly Fun Salad, what’s in it is: lettuce, goat cheese, pistachios, grapes, and cranberries. And, I’ll feel better than I will after the dollar dog, that I can assure you.” Not your standard ball park fare. You’ll also find a Shanghai chicken Asian inspired salad, but the big sellers are the sandwiches. A Grilled Chipotle Chicken Wrap and a Char-grilled Turkey Burger with avocado and a tomato salsa—both on whole wheat. So, what’s going to be the signature healthy sandwich? Fans get to decide by voting online and the winner will be announced after the All-star game.

So I asked Campbell if any of the players had weighed in, he says, “Charlie Manuel was up a few days ago. He tried both sandwiches. Of course, he picked the turkey burger like I expected that he would.” That’s a manager for you! Charlie’s guys are doing well in the division standings, but we do have to report that after being voted three years in a row the #1 ballpark for vegetarian options — this year Philadelphia slid to #2 behind San Francisco.

Like the Phils, we’re the comeback kids, though. Campbell reveals what might be the next healthy innovation to hit the stand. “Portobello mushroom sandwich we’ve looked at this concept at a couple of our cheesesteak stands actually. Maybe fish is the next step for healthy, if we can figure out how to do a healthy fish taco, let’s say.” Still, what’s the one special event that will strike out the healthy option?

Dollar dog night!

Well, healthy or no, you can’t buck tradition when it comes to a ball game and a hot dog. Especially when it’s a buck a dog.

What is your choice for the new healthy sandwich at Citizens Bank Park? Char-grilled Turkey Burger or Grilled Chipotle Chicken Wrap. Check out both sandwiches and vote for your favorite »


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