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PNC Park food so much more than hot dogs and beer; check out the new lineup

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Monday, March 26, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

Fans attending next week's Pirates home opener will see some changes in the food available at PNC Park.

From the revamping of the all-you-can-eat seats to the rebranding of the former Hall of Fame Club to a partnership with Rivendale Farms as the supplier of fresh produce, eggs and dairy products, the changes were all introduced at a March 26 news conference at the ballpark. The Pirates open the home season at 1:05 p.m. April 2 against the Minnesota Twins.

Levy Restaurants operates all premium locations throughout the ballpark including the Rivendale Suite Level, Pittsburgh Baseball Club and Lexus Club. Aramark provides food and beverage services in all general admission areas, including the newly rebranded Jim Beam Left Field Lounge (formerly the Hall of Fame Club).

In the general concessions area, The Market will have bacon and broccoli macaroni and cheese, Nashville "hot" chicken strips or golden fried chicken strips, chicken Caesar salad and kale krunch salad.

Other areas throughout the park will showcase the pulled pork pierogie hoagie, kielbasa grinder, and the Nashville "hot" chicken taco trio.

Value section

Previously, fans could purchase a one-price ticket and get all the popcorn, peanuts, soda, hot dogs and hamburgers they could eat. Now, the one-price admission of $30 to the newly named Pirates Cove includes unlimited peanuts, popcorn and soda, and discounted prices for smaller versions of other items, including $5 each for the kielbasa grinder, loaded pierogies or cheeseburger and $5.50 for a 12-ounce beer.

"We want to think of this as more of a value section," said Keith Petrie, general manager for Aramark. "We want to offer more food at a value price."

Rivendale Farms

The partnership with Rivendale Farms will integrate its products into high-quality concessions for fans at games and at the club's charitable activities. The suite level of PNC Park also has been renamed the Rivendale Suite Level, said Frank Coonelly, president of the Pirates.

The produce and dairy from Rivendale, based in Washington County, had previously only been served to the players and the staff in team meals; its chocolate milk has been used as a post-game recovery drink. The company's offerings will be integrated into a multitude of options by Levy and Aramark, including soft-serve and hard-pack ice cream.

"It's always our goal to connect with Pittsburgh-based businesses and the partnership with Rivendale Farms is another example of this," Coonelly said. "We are proud to team up with Rivendale and to be able to now offer their fresh locally grown products to our players, fans and staff as we work to continually improve the game-day experience at PNC Park."

Suite offerings

Fans who are on the suite level can enjoy offerings such as

• The butcher baker cheesemaker — hand-cut cheeses and sliced meats with artisan chutneys, mustard and local honeys with warm baguettes

• The baja nacho platter

• Wing toss — housemade, seasoned, grilled and crispy fried chicken wings

• Summer grilled veggie pretzel flatbread

• Turkey burger sliders.

• Cocktail trays that include the ingredients to prepare signature drinks such as Moscow Mules, Margaritas, Bloody Marys, Old-fashioneds and Manhattan.

"We took some of the over-the-top base foods and brought them back to life," said Adam Holt, executive chef for Levy Restaurants. "We created smaller portion options at a smaller price so fans can enjoy more than one."

One of Holt's favorite options for the premium seat Lexus Club, is the Pittsburgh Paella, a three-foot pan that will feature items such as housemade kielbasa and traditional pierogies.

"We will have some fun with this throughout the season, changing up some of the options," Holt said. "Opening Day had to include the Pittsburgh favorites of kielbasa and pierogies."

Baseball Club Level

The Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level will feature:

• Connoisseur burger, Levy's version of a steakhouse experience, on a toasted brioche bun with banana peppers and crispy pepperoni

• Basil brined grilled chicken sandwich (above)

• Chopped brisket sliders.

There will be 30 different local craft beers, including selections from Fatheads, Full Pint, East End Brewing and Great Lakes.

Pittsburgh Brewing introduced four Iron City beer can designs, including one showcasing the evolution of the Jolly Roger.

Jim Beam Left Field Lounge

The Jim Beam Left Field Lounge has been rebranded for 2018 as a unique area open to all ticket holders. Jim Beam whiskey will be incorporated into menu items.

"This lounge is a terrific space," Coonelly said. "A lot of fans think they need a special ticket for this lounge, but they don't. They can enjoy this space before, during and after games — waiting for the traffic to subside."

Some of the new food options include

• Vegan greens and grains

• Grilled Hawaiian chicken

• Vegan meatballs marina

• Pulled pork dinner

• Cookie-dough sundae

• Campfire nachos — graham crackers, topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows, and baked until golden brown.

The lounge will have specials throughout the week, such as boneless wing Thursday, Miller Lite pitcher night on Fridays and build your own Bloody Mary bar for $20 on Sundays.

"I am so excited about the new menu options," said George Drakulich, executive chef for Aramark. "Adding Jim Beam to some of the offerings will give them an added flavor."

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

The grilled flank steak sandwich will be available at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side it was announced at a March 26 news conference unveiling the Pirates' new food offerings.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
The grilled flank steak sandwich will be available at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side it was announced at a March 26 news conference unveiling the Pirates' new food offerings.
For fans in the Lexus Club at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side, the Pittsburgh Paella will be an offering. It's a 3-foot pan that will feature items such as housemade kielbasa and traditional pierogie it was announced at a March 26 news conference.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
For fans in the Lexus Club at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side, the Pittsburgh Paella will be an offering. It's a 3-foot pan that will feature items such as housemade kielbasa and traditional pierogie it was announced at a March 26 news conference.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly addresses the media at a news conferencet at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side. Coonelly raved about all of the new food offerings for fans this year.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
Pirates president Frank Coonelly addresses the media at a news conferencet at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side. Coonelly raved about all of the new food offerings for fans this year.
For those who prefer lighter fare at the ball park -- the south of the border salad will be on the menu it was announced at a March 26 news conference at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's South Side. Fans can try it when the Pirates host the Minnesota Twins on April 2 for the home opener.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
For those who prefer lighter fare at the ball park -- the south of the border salad will be on the menu it was announced at a March 26 news conference at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's South Side. Fans can try it when the Pirates host the Minnesota Twins on April 2 for the home opener.
Pittsburgh Brewing Company introduced four Iron City Beer cans, including one featuring the Jolly Roger it was announced at a March 26 news conference at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side. The Pittsburgh brew will be sold at the park for Pirates games along with many other interesting and new food choices.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
Pittsburgh Brewing Company introduced four Iron City Beer cans, including one featuring the Jolly Roger it was announced at a March 26 news conference at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side. The Pittsburgh brew will be sold at the park for Pirates games along with many other interesting and new food choices.
Models display bottles of Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at a March 26 press conference at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side in the newly named Jim Beam Left Field Lounge (the former Hall of Fame Club). The alcohol will be sold and also used in food offerings in the lounge which is open to all ticket holders before, during and after baseball games.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
Models display bottles of Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at a March 26 press conference at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side in the newly named Jim Beam Left Field Lounge (the former Hall of Fame Club). The alcohol will be sold and also used in food offerings in the lounge which is open to all ticket holders before, during and after baseball games.
Those with a sweet tooth will love the campfire nachos -- marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers which will be served in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side. The Pirates announced this food item as well as others at a March 26 news conference.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
Those with a sweet tooth will love the campfire nachos -- marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers which will be served in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side. The Pirates announced this food item as well as others at a March 26 news conference.
Opening day of baseball at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side is less than a week away. Director of field operations for the Pirates, who host the Minnesota Twins on April 2, Matt Brown (left) prepares the logo for the start of the 2018 season.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
Opening day of baseball at PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side is less than a week away. Director of field operations for the Pirates, who host the Minnesota Twins on April 2, Matt Brown (left) prepares the logo for the start of the 2018 season.
The basil brined grilled chicken sandwich will be available at the Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level in PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side it was announced a March 26 press conference introducing some of the new food items available for the team's home opener on April 2 when the Pirates host the Minnesota Twins.
JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
The basil brined grilled chicken sandwich will be available at the Pittsburgh Baseball Club Level in PNC Park on Pittsburgh's North Side it was announced a March 26 press conference introducing some of the new food items available for the team's home opener on April 2 when the Pirates host the Minnesota Twins.
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