||Bulls’ Menu Serves Up Melting Pot of Local and Corporate Fare
The Durham Bulls, a Triangle tradition for 100 years, have a large line up of food vendors for the 2003 season, offering something for just about everybody. The refreshment roster, which includes many North Carolina-based vendors, offers fan favorites such as hot dogs, barbecue, hot pretzels and frozen custard.
“When it comes to the ballpark’s food, everyone wins,” said Mike Birling, general manager for the Bulls. “The vendors look forward to the opportunity to introduce new customers to their offerings, our organization likes being able to offer a wide variety of choices to the fans, and our fans are able to enjoy refreshments that often go beyond the expected ballpark offerings.”
Centerplate, a Volume Services company and the food service provider for the Durham Bulls, brings big league-style concessions to the ballpark with a diverse background in food services from major league baseball (including the stadiums of the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants) to convention centers, performing arts centers and a large number of the country’s NFL teams.
“We are extremely pleased to be a part of Durham Bulls baseball and to be able to offer our food services to Durham and the Triangle,” said Jamie Jenkins, general manager for Centerplate.” Part of what makes any concessions operation successful is options that appeal to everyone. We have tried to cover all the bases in Durham.”
Of the many different food vendors, most are North Carolina enterprises, including Goodberry’s, the Flying Burrito, Cackalacky Hot Sauce, Dillard’s BBQ, Chuck ‘Em Sports Grill, Straight Line Pie, and Summertime Concessions.
“We’re happy that so many North Carolina food vendors have signed on this season,” said Birling. “The Bulls are the Triangle’s team, and we like the ballpark to reflect that in every way possible. Offering food that reflects the best our area has to offer really adds to the down-home atmosphere we try to create.”
Other vendors include Subway, Tyson Chicken, Katie’s Pretzels, the Nutty Bavarian, Whole Foods Market, Maui Wowi smoothies and Berk’s Hot Dogs. “It’s a great feeling to watch the crowds grow year after year,” said Jenkins.
“We have been highly successful with using both large names like Domino’s as well as local and regional favorites. A large part of our success is creating great partnerships with quality local vendors.”
Thanks to the Durham Bulls’ Matt DeMargel for this capcom story.