AT&T park food a step up from other parks

Garlic Fries at AT&T Park

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Garlic Fries at AT&T Park Garlic fry image courtesy of  wallyg/Flickr

Jasper Goodman, Staff Writer

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The AT&T Park Chowder House in Center Field

The AT&T Park Chowder House in Center Field

CLAM CHOWDER

AT&T Park is known for being one of the most beautiful in all of baseball, but because it’s right on the bay, it can get very cold. When it gets cold, there is nothing better to warm you up than clam chowder. You can find AT&T Park’s clam chowder in center field just past the social media café on your left. “It’s great,” said New York baseball fan Brian Hemstreet about the chowder. “There’s good sea food here, so you have to get it when you come here.” The chowder is served in a large sourdough bread bowl and is especially popular on colder nights.

 

The Front of the Social Media Cafe in Center Field

The Front of the Social Media Cafe in Center Field

SOCIAL MEDIA CAFE

Baseball is a long game, and sometimes fans need a place to charge up and catch up on all of their social networking. The giants

The Phone Charging Station at the Social Media Cafe

The Phone Charging Station at the Social Media Cafe

have set up a full on café for fans to do that. The café is equipped with a Pete’s Coffee & Tea shop and a large-screen social media screen showing Giants hashtags, Giants Instagram posts, and Giants Twitter posts. “We are the social media headquarters for the Giants” said Page Boarunzeno, a social media café employee. “We monitor and filter Instagram and Twitter.” The social media workers have access to a large touch screen social media monitor, where they can choose what goes up onto the fan megatron and look at all of the different tweets and Instagram posts that they put on the screen.

As for the fan response, “It’s been pretty positive,” Boarunzeno said. “This year has definitely been a lot more successful than last year.” The café is especially popular for those who want to warm up with hot Pete’s Coffee & Tea on cold nights. The café also includes many different TVs, most of which have the Giants game on, but one features ESPN and another the MLB Network. “I really like it a lot,” said Anthony Banzella about the café. “It’s my favorite place to go to before a game. I like (the TVs), because I’m trying to keep my eye on the (NBA) draft and watch the (Giants) game.”

Plants in the AT&T Park Garden

Plants in the AT&T Park Garden

THE GARDEN

The Giants, in collaboration with their partner Bon Appetite, opened a one-of-a-kind garden in center field on Tuesday. The garden is free for all fans to go and see, and the food will be used for Bon Appetite and special guest chefs to pick off at their

A Row of Plants and Flowers in the Garden

A Row of Plants and Flowers in the Garden

optimum ripeness and put in salads and other dishes for ballpark guests. It is a 4,320 square-foot area that is located just beyond the center field fence. “I think it’s great,” said Giants season ticket holder Kristine Maberry about the garden. “It’s very San Francisco. People here are very conches of what they eat.” Mayberry says that she always goes to places far away from seats to get something new and different at games, but still does enjoy an occasional hot dog as well. It’s an add-on to the whole concept of eating healthier,” said garden staffer Michael Frey. “I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and said ‘this is the coolest idea!’ They’ve turned it into something that is really community based.” The idea of the garden was first announced by Pres. Barack Obama during the team’s visit to the white house last year after winning the World Series in 2012.

 

 

 

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