Tasty news from the Brewers this morning:
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Kabobs as the winning food item in the “Create a Concession” contest. Courtney Ring of Sauk City submitted the idea and Ring’s menu creation will be added to the concession offerings at Miller Park in 2011.
Over 10,000 votes were submitted by fans, who voted on four finalist submissions. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Kabobs received 37.4 percent of the vote. Poutine with Cheese Curds finished second with 23.9 percent of the vote, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich finished with 21.9 percent of the vote and Tilapia Fish Tacos finished with 16.8 percent of the vote.
Although Poutine with Cheese Curds finished second in the overall fan voting, it will also be added to the Miller Park menu for 2011.
“This initiative gave us an opportunity to have fans participate directly in enhancing the Miller Park experience, and their response was phenomenal,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. We had over one thousand suggestions for new items submitted as part of this contest, and given the success of the program, it’s likely that we’ll repeat it in 2012.”
For submitting the winning recipe, Ring will receive four tickets to Opening Day at Miller Park as well as an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Brewers game during the 2011 season and watch the Brewers take batting practice from the field. The other three finalists – Chris Fifarek of Wauwatosa (Chicken Parmesan Sandwich), Chris Stoa of Milwaukee (Poutine with Cheese Curds) and Tim Tracz of Hales Corners (Tilapia Fish Tacos) – will all receive receive a Brewers prize package that includes game tickets, an autographed personalized Brewers jersey and an autographed baseball from a Brewers player.
The contest began in late December with online submissions. More than 1,300 submissions were then narrowed down to ten semifinalists. In mid-January, a panel of 10 judges gathered in the Sportservice kitchen on the service level of Miller Park to taste and rate those 10 items. The panel included Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Executive Vice President-General Manager Doug Melvin, former Brewers All-Star Gorman Thomas, SURG Restaurant Group Partner Omar Shaikh,, Nancy Stohs and Jan Uebelherr of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Tom Olson, John Clope and John DiMartini, all of Sportservice Milwaukee.
The panelists narrowed it down to four finalists and as a part of the festivities at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 30, fans were be able to sample their favorites from the four finalists.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sportservice served as partners in the promotion.