Kicking off the 2014 season with Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions and Levy Restaurants of Ford Field have embarked on a refreshed concept of stadium eats and drinks. Executive Chef Joe Nader, and his team, have collaborated with some of Detroit’s local favorites in the culinary and beverage arena to elevate the experience for all of the guests attending Ford Field.
Some of the new selections (available throughout the stadium) from Chef Nader’s team include Baked Potato Fries (Fresh-cut fries loaded with bacon, cheddar and chive dip), Poppin’ Nachos (Layered tortilla chips with cheese and deep fried jalapenos), and the Detroit Style Chili Cheese Fry Coney Dog (foot-long Dearborn Sausage Company hot dog topped with crispy fries, coney sauce, cheddar cheese and diced onions).
Keeping the health of the children in mind, the Detroit Lions and Levy Restaurants have teamed up with sports hero Barry Sanders to be able to offer a healthier food option. The Barry Sanders Fresh and Fit Meal features a homemade turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, carrots, apples, juice and a limited edition Barry Sanders trading card by Topps.
The Detroit Lions have also changed up the locations where patrons can dine in Ford Field, and expanded what is available outside of their proprietary concessions.
On the second level concourse (above Gate A) is The Breadstick Bar and Bistro, which features classic stadium eats and deli creations. Section 239 is host to the Bud Light Party Zone, featuring 40 (plus) flat screen TVs. The Hall of Legends is a great place to tailgate before the game, offering station to station dining, including an omelet station, chef-carved meats and fresh Zingerman’s pastries.
In the Huntington Club and North Club Local Dining, guests can take their choice of a selection of 100% local eats from a wide variety of establishments, including Corridor Sausage, Mercury Burger Bar Zingerman’s Creamery, Slows Bar BQ, Sugar House, Russell Street Deli, American Coney Island, Good People Popcorn and Bigalora Wood Fired Pizza.
Other partners can be found throughout the stadium as well. Pegasus is serving juicy gyros, Greek salads, spinach pies and more open near gate G at section 113. American Coney Island is also near Section 113. Corridor Sausage Company and Slows Bar BQ are also in the North Club. Treat Dreams can be found near Section 107.
For those looking for the ultimate VIP experience, Ford Field offers the Suite and Club Dining. This dining features suite packages the Taste of Detroit (Detroit Coney dogs, Poletown kielbasa, potato pierogies, fresh Michigan cheeses and other homegrown flavors) and Slows To Go (Slows’ famous slider, smoked drumsticks, creamy mac-n-cheese and pit smoked baked beans). Also available in the suites are the Rotating Chef’s Tables – custom rotating menus each game day, along with signature menus from local guest chefs.
Knowing how thirsty fans can get, Ford Field have stepped up the craft program, providing local and small batch options, away from some of the standard watered-down, flavorless swill. Aside from the Sugar House in the Huntington Club, beer stands in sections 114, 129 and 230 now will have a selection of Michigan breweries, such as Bell’s Brewery (Two Hearted Ale), Atwater Brewery (Dirty Blonde), Rochester Mills Beer Co. (Oktoberfest), Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. (Fluffer), Dragonmead Microbrewery (Erik the Red) and Detroit Beer Co. (ALT). Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company can be found near Section 117. Throughout the stadium is DROUGHT (cold-pressed juices) and the Ultimate Bloody Mary: (Taste of Florida mix, garnished with a beef stick straw, pickle spear, pepper jack cheese, pepperoncini, bleu cheese stuffed olive, celery stick, cherry tomato and a lime wedge). Ciders available on site are Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider and Stella Cidre.
For that game-day experience at home, try out Chef Nader’s Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Dip
- Cream cheese – 12 ounces
- Cheddar cheese – 6 ounces
- Sour cream – 6 ounces
- Milk – 6 ounces
- Smoked bacon (cooked and chopped) – ¾ cup
- Chives (minced) – 1 ½ tablespoon
- Salt and pepper – to taste
- ) Place cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese and milk in medium saucepot.
- ) Heat over low heat for 6 to 8 minutes until mixture is smooth and creamy, stirring frequently.
- ) Remove from heat and add bacon, chives, salt and pepper. Serve with soft pretzels.
- Serves 6-10 people
Be sure to check all Ford Field’s food and beverage options, and more, on the Lions Gameday page: http://www.detroitlions.com/gameday/index.html.