ATLANTA — The Braves were willing to go to extremes in bringing in new pieces for the final season at Turner Field.
We’re not talking about center fielder Ender Inciarte or that revamped farm system here. Tuesday, Atlanta unveiled its food offerings for 2016, with some decidedly wild additions.
Say hello to the likes of T.E.D., Punisher, Tate Tot Chop and Bugerizza.
"Food and beverage really becomes one of the ways that a fan interacts with their whole experience of coming to a baseball game," said Derek Schiller, the Braves’ executive vice president of sales and marketing. "What you get to eat, the smells, tastes, the flavors of a baseball game, are very important to the overall experience."
Shawn Mattox, general manager of new Braves’ concession partner Delaware North Sportservice, the minds behind the culinary innovations:
"We pride ourselves on being innovative. One of the things we like to do is have fun with the food that we prepare … While hot dogs and popcorn will always be a tradition, we like to experiment with food, have fun with food."
Herewith, a breakdown of what’s coming, the cost and where you can get it. Your waistline — and your wallet — will never be the same.
A foot long hotdog layered with fries, chili, nacho chips, beer cheese and jalapenos, topped with popcorn, then drizzled with Coca-Cola-infused BBQ sauce and served in a pretzel bun.
It starts with a layer of tater tots pressed in a waffle iron, loaded with bacon, melted cheese and jalapenos, topped with more tater tots and served with Coca-Cola-infused ketchup.
Country-fried smoked rib meat slathered in Monster energy drink-infused BBQ sauce, topped with an onion ring and "slawsa" (think coleslaw and salsa), all in a toasted Hawaiian bun and pinned in place with two pieces of candied bacon. As one chef noted "It’s only 400 calories … per bite."
Along with those items, the Braves also announced additions to the 755 Club fare, including fried green tomatoes, a smoked brisket Po-Boy, buffalo chicken and waffles, a shrimp roll and the Cumberland (Piedmont) Farm Wrap, which includes grilled vegetables, lettuce, arugula and diced tomatoes in balsamic aioli, all inside a whole wheat tortilla wrap.
Schiller noted the new menu is just the beginning, saying "as we enter SunTrust Park I think you are going to see this in a whole different way, another coupling of great food items and great fan experience."