04/16/2007 5:37 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park wins "Best Ballpark Eats" at first-ever "Food Network Awards"
Famous faces in the food world celebrate achievements in the world of food and entertaining
Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies, was honored last night for having the "Best Ballpark Eats" during the premiere of the Food Network's first-ever awards show, the Food Network Awards. The 90-minute show celebrated achievements in the world of food and entertaining in an offbeat awards ceremony unlike any other on television.
Citizens Bank Park offers many features that make it "Not Your Typical Ballpark." From foods with Philadelphia flavor such as Rick's Steaks, Tony Luke's sandwiches and cheesesteaks, Chickie's & Pete's Crab Fries, Planet Hoagie and The Schmitter sandwich ... to eateries such as Bull's BBQ, Harry the K's Broadcast Bar & Grille and McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon. Plus, there are many traditional favorites such as hot dogs and fries at the Hatfield Grill stands, pizza from Peace A Pizza, ice cream products from Turkey Hill, Bubba burgers and many local and national brews. For more information, please go to www.phillies.com.
An internal panel led by Food Network Kitchens selected the nominees for the awards; the same panel, which represents all departments at the network, chose the winners, in addition to five viewer's choice categories that were determined by votes on www.foodnetwork.com.
Citizens Bank Park beat out the other ballpark finalists: Camden Yards in Baltimore, AT&T Park in San Francisco and Safeco Field in Seattle.
"We are honored that the viewers of the Food Network have chosen Citizens Bank Park as the winner of the 'Best Ballpark Eats' in the country," said Joe Giles, Phillies Director of Business Development. "This further recognizes our ongoing efforts with ARAMARK to promote a family-friendly environment both on and off the field."
"Working closely with the Phillies, we've created a ballpark menu that enhances the fans' ultimate game day experience by offering a wide variety of traditional, regional, healthy and premium fare," said Chrissy Flanigan, General Manager, ARAMARK, Citizens Bank Park. ARAMARK provides a full range of concessions and premium dining services at the ballpark.
Through its Sports and Entertainment Group, ARAMARK provides a wide range of professional services, including food, facility and other support services to more than 130 premier sports stadiums, arenas and concert venues. ARAMARK offers organizations a single source provider for concessions, event planning, premium dining needs and catering, on-site restaurants, retail merchandise sales and facilities management. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramarksports.com.
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's list of "America's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK has consistently ranked as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and industry analysts since 1998. The company was also ranked first in its industry in the 2007 FORTUNE 500 survey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 240,000 employees serving clients in 18 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramark.com.