Fresno Grizzlies

April 7, 2014

New Chukchansi Park food adds spice to baseball favorites

The Fresno Grizzlies are just days away from another summer of professional baseball and with a new season comes some new food items at Chukchansi Park.

The stadium's food vendor -- Ovations Food Services -- has several dishes they hope will keep hungry fans plenty happy.

One of the more interesting new items is the Grizzly Egg -- a tangy twist on the deviled egg. The Grizzly version features a hard-boiled egg that is filled with whipped spicy cream cheese, wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, baked and drizzled with hot buffalo wings sauce.

"You eat one of these and you are going to want a beer immediately," say Tim Dickert, general manager of Ovations Food Services at Chukchansi Park. "We think this is going to do well."

The Grizzly Egg, a concept created by Sam Hansen, the Grizzlies marketing manager, will be sold in a four pack in the concession area and a basket of six in the Cru Club.

Ovations chef Jason Westerfield isn't shy about how much he likes the flavor of this egg: "It tap dances on you tonsils. It is awesome."

Fans of hot and spicy are going to like the jalapeño burger, a thick hamburger patty, combined with a creamy chipotle aoli and topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese lettuce, tomato and plenty of jalapeños from Fresno-based Deb's Gourmet.

Also being promoted this season is the hefty Grizzly Adams Dog. The dog starts with a grilled 1/3 -pound hot link and sweet and smoky barbecued pull pork is piled on top. You have the option of adding a creamy coleslaw on the side.

"You get the heat from the hot link and the cool and sweet from the coleslaw," says Dickert. "It all works very well."

Meat lovers may also enjoy the tri-tip sandwich that comes on a ciabatta roll, slathered with a blue cheese spread and layered with caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Specialty hot dogs will include a Southwestern dog with salsa, cheddar cheese and Deb's Gourmet jalapeños. There will also be a bacon, lettuce and tomato dog with mayonnaise.

Dickert says Ovations has also responded to customers' requests for more vegetarian options. The Cru Club will have a vegetable stack sandwich with grilled summer squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, pesto hummus and balsamic vinegar on ciabatta bread. Dickert says Ovations will also beef up the Cru Club buffet with themed dinners, depending on the visiting baseball club. When Texas comes to town, it may be beef brisket and for Iowa it may be pork ribs.

"We are definitely going to upscale the menu for the Cru Club," Dickert says.

On the lighter side will be a taco salad with lettuce, tomatoes, carne asada, cheddar cheese and salsa ranch dressing in a spinach tortilla shell.

For dessert, Ruiz Foods, a new ball park sponsor, will supply its raspberry and dulce de leche cheesecake bites.

Ruiz, who sells under the El Monterey brand, will also feature its tamales that will be served over corn chips with queso fresco and enchilada sauce.

Dickert says Ovations is trying to use as many local food products and ingredients as possible. The company credits the Fresno Food Expo for helping it make connections with food makers, such as Ruiz and Deb's Gourmet.

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