RiverDogs Expand Menu as Part of ‘Be Your Own Fan’

PRESS RELEASE – Sushi … turkey legs … Philly cheese steaks … The Elvis…Kids Eat Free.  Appealing to a bevy of culinary preferences is difficult for any food & beverage department.  Since there are so many patrons with so many various taste buds, the ante must constantly be upped to allow people the opportunity to “Be Their Own Fan” and sample whatever they please.

The Charleston RiverDogs’ food & beverage staff fully embodies this notion, and the 2010 season will be no different within the friendly confines of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

The organization’s new “Be Your Own Fan” mantra, the F&B staff realizes that many RiverDogs fans’ top priority is the tasty Riley Park fare. Already featured nationally on The Food Network, ESPN the Magazine and Man vs. Food, among several others, the RiverDogs won’t just rest on past laurels.

“Every year we try to come up with something new and adventurous while appetizing, and through the years we’ve been very successful in this endeavor,” said General Manager Dave Echols. “While the theme for the RiverDogs this season is ‘Be Your Own Fan,’ in this instance BYOF can translate to ‘Build Your Own Frank’ as our variety of hot dogs – a ballpark staple – is among the best anywhere.”

In terms of just hot dogs, the Beantown Dog (New England-style, top-sliced bun with a hot dog adorned with spicy mustard, baked beans and onions), Yankee Dog (hot dog, brown mustard, sauerkraut and chow-chow) and the Pickle Dog – a mouth-watering frank nestled cozily inside a robust dill pickle topped with cole slaw – will make their respective debuts. Also, the half-pound, all-beef Homewrecker hot dog makes its triumphant return with an insane 25 available toppings making it certainly capable to quiet any hunger pains that linger.

As a compliment to the wacky wiener selections, fans can fancy the all-new sweet potato waffle fries, as the RiverDogs poke holes – literally – through this home-cooking fixture, and make certain to save attention for your sweet tooth (or teeth). Fans won’t want to miss delicious soft-serve ice cream and fresh, baked cookies that crafted exclusively at The Joe.

Among the updated refreshment offerings is the newly-anointed Vendor Village, located in the front of the ballpark. Lowcountry fanatics will have every opportunity to satiate their appetites through a litany of options that include Bruster’s hand-dipped ice cream, kettle corn, the Firefly Tiki Bar, and a Dippin’ Dots stand.

Just in case you prefer enjoying the games from above in the luxury suites, a new 5-foot sub will be introduced to make eyebrows raise and jaws drop.

Nightly food & beverage promotions are highlighted by Kids Eat Free on Family Sundays, presented by the Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission; ALL-U-CAN-EAT Wild Wednesday with a $20 face-stuffing display available in the Ashley View Pub above the third base line, and Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays again offers $1 food and beverage specials in the same location.

Whether your pleasure is boiled peanuts, funnel cakes or a south-of-the-border influenced MexiDog, the RiverDogs will certainly keep your belly full and your face smiling.

And the service from the Food & Beverage Department will again be terrific as ready-to-assist staffers will be wearing specially-marked and cleverly adorned t-shirts that will be unveiled on Opening Day, which is set for April 8 as the RiverDogs host the Lexington Legends at 7:05 pm. Past identifiable t-shirts include “Free Beer – Tomorrow” and “Eat at Joe’s.”

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