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Opening Day concessions

Not Just Peanuts and Cracker Jacks: Baseball Teams Introduce Unique New Concession Items for 2014

It’s Opening Week for Major League Baseball, a time when fans feel a new sense of hope and optimism that this year will be the year for their favorite team. As exciting as it is to hear the crack of the bat again, for a foodie like myself, it’s just as exciting to see what new items are being offered at the concession stand! While the classic hot dog, beer and peanuts will always be a ballpark staple, a recent trend has seen teams introduce unique and sometimes extreme concession offerings to their customers. This year will test the stomachs, as well as the wallets, of the curious fan.

Hot Dogs

It’s hard to go wrong with the classic stadium hot dog. A little mustard, some relish and you’re set! If classic is too simple for you, have no fear — there is no shortage of dynamic hot dog options being offered this year.

In Detroit, the Tigers are offering several new twists on the original. The Poutine Dog is topped with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Another option is the Late Night Dog, topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese and bacon. Cardiologist appointment not included.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are upping the ante this year by unleashing two monstrous wieners. The Venom Dog is a foot-long habanero sausage topped with black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream, and will run you $10. If you consider that a kid’s-size portion, then you should try the D-Bat, an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon, served with fries. This behemoth is a whopping $25, so only serious appetites need apply.

Sandwiches and More

Of course, if hot dogs aren’t your thing, there are plenty more choices out there. The Pittsburgh Pirates are serving up “The Closer,” a double decker grilled cheese sandwich with nine, count ‘em, NINE–types of cheese and finished with candied bacon!

Out to prove that things are bigger in Texas, the Rangers introduced the Choomongous, named after their outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. This Asian beef sandwich is topped with spicy slaw. No big deal, right? Did I forget to mention that is two feet long? You’ll want to bring some friends to share!

In Cincinnati, the Reds are challenging fans to take on their new sandwich, simply called “The Bacon.” This porcine delight features a one pound slab of bacon topped with shredded lettuce, tomato and black pepper mayo, served with chips, half a pickle and potato salad. Anyone brave enough can try the “Bacon Challenge.” All they have to do is eat four “Bacon” sandwiches, with all the accoutrements, in one inning. Do so, and all four sandwiches are free, and the winner gets a t-shirt that says, “I Conquered the Bacon Challenge.” Fail, and leave with a lighter wallet and a lifetime of regret.

Ice Cream, Anyone?

Sitting through a three hour game in the middle of summer can be tough without something to cool you down. The Chicago White Sox have you and your family covered, as they introduce a Banana Split Sundae Helmet. Served in an actual-size baseball helmet, this whopper includes 12 scoops of ice cream and weighs in at a belt-busting THREE pounds!

Meanwhile, the minor-league Akron RubberDucks are catering to the over-21 crowd with the 32 ounce “Ugly Duckling.” 16 ounces of Irish stout beer are poured over three large scoops of vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles.

Concession Equipment

If you are a concessionaire, shop Central for all of your concession equipment needs. Whether you’re serving the classics, or something a little more daring, Central has you covered. Check out our assortment here.

Low Prices and Free Shipping on Star Manufacturing

Central Restaurant Products and Star Manufacturing have joined forces for an exclusive promotion featured on Central’s website and in their 384-page Fall catalog. This promotion, available until Dec. 31, 2012, will offer Central customers low prices and free shipping on all Star equipment.

Star is a valued manufacturer of countertop gas and electric commercial appliances, hot dog and cooking preparation equipment, popcorn machines, specialty food warmers, display merchandisers and toaster and waffle bakers. Central has hundreds of Star products in these categories to meet a variety of foodservice operation needs from restaurants and concessions to school and government cafeterias.

Click below to shop! And don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions.

Lowest Prices and Free Shipping on all Star®
Star-Max Griddles Ultra-Max Charbroilers Hot Dog Grills
Countertop Fryers Galaxy Popcorn Poppers Conveyor Toasters
Countertop Convection Ovens Gas and Electric Hot Plates Sandwich Grills
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Video Tuesday: Star Grill-Max Express — Hot Dog Roller Grill

This week Central is kicking off our Star Manufacturing promotion that runs through the end of the year.  One of the items included in the promotion is the Star Grill-Max Hot Dog Roller Grill, which features three different types of coatings, dual manual controls and a resister with new technology that enables heat to start at the edges of the roller to the middle for more consistent temperature in products.

Click here to view this week’s video.

10 Tips for a Great Concession Stand

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After a cold harsh winter for most of us in the U.S., it’s finally starting to be that time again where the sun is shining and everyone wants to be outside.  This also means it’s time for outdoor sports games, school plays, festivals and a variety of other events that require a concession stand.

Running a concession stand can get hectic, especially during intermissions or breaks.  Here are a few tips from a few different websites for running a concession stand:

  • Choose one person to manage the concession stand and assign duties to a staff
  • Lines get long fast and people just want to get back to their seats.  Choose foods such as candy, popcorn, nachos, etc. that are quick to serve
  • Be prepared by arriving early.  You never know when something will go wrong—better before the event than during! (Also, Chron Small Business mentions if you prepare anything at home, contact the health department on the correct permits, etc.)
  • Speaking of permits…Volunteer Spot reminds people to check with their city and local health departments for details on having the proper permits
  • Have plenty of items in stock. Keep in mind from other events what your top sellers are
  • Don’t lose money! High School Baseball Web says to keep souvenirs or fundraisers away from your stand. Plan with others selling things that day to be further away enabling you both to keep profits up
  • Keep pricing consistent
  • Make sure the area looks nice and neat, and employees or volunteers provide customers with a welcoming experience so they keep coming back
  • Plan ahead! This e-How article says to contact coaches or managers of the event beforehand so you can get started on orders (this is helpful, especially at the end of the game when everyone is rushing for food and drinks)
  • Chron reminds people to purchase the equipment needed to keep everything running smoothly

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People interested in purchasing equipment for their concession stand must check out Central’s latest promotion with Star.

Just in time for concessions season, people can take advantage of Star’s lowest prices of the year on select countertop equipment.  Everything for concession cooking is there from popcorn poppers and charbroilers to ovens and hot dog roller grills. All items to keep your event running smoothly!

Check out the promotion here or call a Product Consultant at 800-222-5107 with any questions.  This promotion is available through April 30.

Also, share with us your favorite or funny concession stories on our Facebook page! (CentralRestaurantProducts). We look forward to hearing them.