Sensing just how far ahead their crosstown rival is, the Yankees continue to add to their food offerings at the eleventh hour. But whereas the Mets have engaged with guys like Danny Meyer and Dave Pasternack to provide excellent options for all fans, the Yankees continue to focus exclusively on offerings for their Legends Suites areas (priced between $500 and $2,500 per seat, per game). Today, the team and the Food Network announced a partnership to provide foodstuffs throughout the premium-seating areas and far from the reach of the average fan. First up, from the press release, new details on the "Legends Culinary Series," an ongoing guest-chef series:
Among those chefs who are scheduled to participate are Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto restaurant and star of Food Network’s immensely popular cooking show Iron Chef America; Chef Alexandra Guarneschelli, head chef of the popular New York City eatery, Butter, and host of The Cooking Loft, also on Food Network; Chef April Bloomfield, executive chef and co-owner of The Spotted Pig restaurant in New York’s West Village; and the Bronx’s hometown favorite, Chef Roberto Paciullo, executive chef of Roberto Restaurant in the Little Italy section of the Bronx. In addition, restaurateurs from New York’s most celebrated restaurants, including Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque, Elaine Kaufman of Elaine’s and Anthony Scotto of Fresco by Scotto will join their chefs when they bring their culinary talents to Yankee Stadium. Fresco by Scotto has also developed a unique menu for the Legends Suite in-seat menu. For dessert, during select games, the world-renowned Godiva will bring their Chef Chocolatier to the Stadium to create signature desserts. Additional guest chefs for the 'Legends Culinary Series' will be announced forthcoming.
And, again, having nothing to do with offerings in the public areas of the stadium, Food Network has agreed to attach their name to various concession stands:
The Food Network stands will be located within the Delta Sky 360 Suite and in the Jim Beam Terrace Lounge, both premium areas located behind home plate, and will serve quality takes on classics like burgers, hot dogs, and fries, as well as dishes, such as Puerto Rican-style pork sandwiches, Chinese cold noodles, and soft tacos, incorporating the ethnic cuisines of New York City, Food Network's hometown.
"As a New York City-based company with an international audience, the Food Network is the perfect partner for the New York Yankees," said Marty Greenspun of Legends Hospitality. "Yankee Stadium promises to be a complete experience for our fans – not only the best in baseball, but the best in food with fresher and more diverse concessions and a selection of fine dining options. We are thrilled that the Food Network has chosen Yankee Stadium to make their food stand debut."
The full press release, all three ridiculous pages of it, can be digested here.