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Mariners upgrading concessions: “the anti-fast food”

Seattle MarinersThe Seattle Mariners are upgrading concessions at Safeco Field once again; the team that brought us ballpark sushi and the Ichiroll is bringing in three celebrity chefs to upgrade Bullpen Market food offerings in 2011.

Centerplate, the team’s concessionaire, has hired national celebrity chefs Ethan Stowell, Roberto Santibañez and Bill Pustari to oversee new food stands in the Bullpen Market, the ground-level food court behind the left-field bullpens at Safeco Field.

“Our mission was to create a restaurant-style hospitality experience — the anti-fast food — in a concession environment,” said John Sergi, Chief Design Officer of Centerplate Stir. “We approached it the way a restaurateur would by bringing in Ethan as our consulting chef for the building in order to help us make the food ‘restaurant-real.’ We also brought in Roberto and Bill to create programs featuring the signature concepts for which they are both nationally acclaimed — Mexican food and pizza — and using their own sources and purveyors. The Mariners are the perfect partner for this program, as they are committed to providing quality eating, drinking and entertainment options for their fans throughout the stadium.”

The new concepts featured in the re-imagined ‘Pen area of Safeco Field include:

  • Apizza with Chef Bill Pustari
  • Flying Turtle Cantina/Tortugas Voladoras with Chef Roberto Santibañez
  • Hamburg + Frites with Chef Ethan Stowell
  • La Crêperie, Authentic Parisian Crêpes with Chef Ethan Stowell

“Fans are going to recognize this immediately as something special. The Bullpen Market at Safeco Field has been completely re-imagined to make it more open and inviting. It will be comfortable and casual with a distinct personality very different from the old space. These chef partnerships will make The ‘Pen a destination before and during games with fresh, local ingredients and clean flavors — all at fan-friendly prices,” said Bob Aylward, Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President, Business Operations.

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