Orioles and Delaware North Sportservice adding more local tastes to Oriole Park at Camden Yards food lineup

The Baltimore Orioles and new food, beverage and retail partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice today unveiled several new menu items that will be available in general concessions this season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sportservice chefs previewed the new items, including many celebrating the tastes of Baltimore, at a tasting held for regional media members in the B&O Warehouse at the ballpark. The new items were developed after Sportservice executives and chefs visited dozens of Baltimore-area restaurants following the Orioles announcement of the 12-year partnership in November.

The Orioles and Sportservice have also collaborated on an $11 million project to redesign and enhance the concessions and retail operations at Oriole Park, including improvements to the food and beverage stands at the ballpark. As part of the investment, new concessions-related technology is being added, including a new point-of-sale system for faster transactions and new grills and other equipment so more food can be freshly prepared.

"We are excited to bring our fans a variety of new food and beverage offerings that will further enhance the gameday experience," said Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader. "Our partners at Delaware North Sportservice have embraced our local food culture and culinary influences, and we look forward to seeing these new items debut in less than two weeks."

In addition to the new concession items (a full list can be found on the next page), Boog's BBQ will once again be serving the Orioles legend's rich variety of pit beef, pork and turkey sandwiches, with the new Big Boog sandwich now available for especially hungry fans.

"We're building around Boog's with even more tastes of Baltimore to celebrate the great food of the city and the region," Sportservice President Rick Abramson said. "I'm proud of what we have developed in a short timeframe, and on an ongoing basis we will look at other foods we can bring to the ballpark for Orioles fans to enjoy."

Abramson led several of the company's regional chefs and Orioles officials on a December 1 tour of Baltimore restaurants to learn more about Baltimore and the region's tastes before developing the new food concepts for the ballpark. Joshua Distenfeld, Sportservice Executive Chef at Oriole Park, and Sous Chef David Friendlich, a Baltimore native, brought additional insights to the effort.

Abramson noted that Sportservice has extensive experience completing successful enhancements of concessions in professional sports facilities. Sportservice is also bolstering the size of the food and retail staff at Camden Yards in order to provide more fresh preparation of food, ensure that customer service meets the Orioles' and the company's high standards, and prepare for the team's continuing resurgence.

Additionally, Sportservice will be implementing its highly regarded customer service program, GuestPath®, as well as its award-winning environmental management program, GreenPath®.

The following is a full list and brief explanation of sampled foods from Wednesday's event, which will debut at the ballpark in the redesigned and rebranded concessions:

- CamdenYards Crab Cake: Sportservice chefs got their inspiration for the Camden Yards Crab Cake by sampling the Maryland favorite at more than 50 restaurants in the region. The exclusive crab cake for Oriole Park's concessions and premium areas is made with all-jumbo lump crabmeat and served with cocktail and tartar sauces, fresh lemons, crackers and Tabasco®.
* Available at the Old Bay Seafood® satellite stand and on the club level

- The Birdland Dog: Sportservice created The Birdland Dog by topping the crowd-pleasing Esskay hotdog with the tastes of Baltimore: smoked pit beef, Little Italy pepperoni hash, stewed tomato jam and crispy, fried onions. Nestled in a fresh bakery bun, it's a hot dog that eats like a meal.
* Available at Polock Johnny's Famous Polish Sausage stands and on the club level

- Polock Johnny's Sausage: A Baltimore favorite from the popular eatery in the Lexington Market, this brand holds true to its 1921 slogan: "Polock Johnny is my name. Polish sausage is my game."
* Available at Polock Johnny's Famous Polish Sausage stands and on the club level

- O's Pretzel: These tasty pretzels are hand-rolled and formed in the Orioles script "O." Sportservice chefs make them from scratch daily, baking and basting them in butter and finishing each pretzel with a sprinkling of kosher salt. Fans can dip them in their favorite condiment, but we predict many will love them just the way they are.
* Available at the Hand-Rolled Pretzel stand on the first-base side of the main concourse

- Chop House Steak & Egg Sandwich: Sportservice uses certified Angus skirt steak, marinated and served with balsamic onions, horseradish cream and Gouda cheese. A fried egg is the finishing touch.
* Available at the Baltimore Chop House stand and on the club level

- Beer-Battered Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich: This new sandwich features Chesapeake Bay soft-shell crab, battered in a mixture of National Bohemian Beer and Old Bay® spices, lightly fried and served on a fresh roll. With local taste as the driving force, this sandwich is a sure home run.
* Available at the Old Bay Seafood® satellite stand and on the club level

- Little Italy Meatball Sub: A nod to the traditions of Baltimore's Italian community, the meatballs are made right at the ballpark with San Marzano tomatoes, Pecorino Romano cheese, basil, garlic and other ingredients. Sportservice chefs hand-roll and finish the meatballs with dry white wine.
* Available at the By the Slice Pizza stands and on the club level

- Rolling Crab: Our roller grills aren't just for hot dogs anymore. Sportservice's spiced-up crabmeat option boasts a spring roll filled with crab meat, peppers, pepper jack cheese and various secret spices. Flash-fried and then served from a traditional roller grill, the Rolling Crab satisfies one of Baltimore's most sought-after tastes with a Tex-Mex flair.
* Available at the Old Bay Seafood® satellite stand

- Boog's BBQ: One of the most recognizable brands in the ballpark returns with a rich variety of pit beef, pork and turkey sandwiches. The meat is seasoned with Boog's signature barbeque rub, smoked and then charred on an open flame. This year we're introducing the Big Boog - twice the meat with the same great flavor.
* As always, available at Boog's BBQ on Eutaw Street

- Old Bay® Wings: These jumbo wings are fried to perfection and tossed with local favorite Old Bay® Seasoning. Move over, Buffalo wings, Baltimore Wings are in the house.
* Available at Das Sausage Haus stands and on the suite menu

- Natty Boh Brat: What do you get when you take a traditional bratwurst and infuse it with the great taste of National Bohemian Beer? A signature item for Orioles fans that is now available at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
* Available at Das Sausage Haus stands

- Berger Cookies: The signature Berger Cookie - a vanilla wafer topped with a thick layer of chocolate ganache - has been one of Baltimore's local treats since the Berger family brought it from Germany in 1835. There's a reason it's been around for 175 years: It was perfect from the start.
* Available on the club level but also might be available in concessions in the future

- BaltimoreWedge Salad: This new salad features grape tomatoes, crispy bacon, green onions, garbanzo beans, peas and bleu cheese, topped with red wine vinaigrette. It's a dynamic field of greens for one of baseball's most innovative ballparks.
* Available on the suite menu.