MINNEAPOLIS - After two consecutive losing seasons it was clear that the Minnesota Twins would need to offer fans a new look to the club's on-field product.
Those in the seats at Target Field will soon notice some brand new wrinkles in the food menu as well.
The Twins and food service partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice on Thursday announced the addition of a handful of regional specialty foods at Target Field, highlighted by Mac's Fish and Chips (of St. Paul, Minn.), Sheboygan Sausage Co. (of Alexandria, Minn.), Panino's Baked Sandwiches (of North Oaks, Minn.) and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern's AZ Canteen (of Minneapolis).
"Every season since Target Field opened in 2010, Sportservice has looked to see what we could do to offer fans even more variety and Minnesota flavor," said Pete Spike, general manager for Sportservice at Target Field. "So we're excited to bring in Andrew Zimmern along with Mac's and Panino's to go along with the other outstanding tastes of Twins Territory fans look for at the ballpark's concessions."
Zimmern began his culinary career as a celebrated chef in Minneapolis and continues to call the Twin Cities his home while hosting Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" and working on many other culinary projects across the world.
His latestproject, the AZ Canteen food truck which he launched last year at the Minnesota State Fair, is set to be celebrated with a new grill location at Target Field. AZ Canteen at Section 120 will feature Zimmern's famous Canteen Burger, a lamb/goat blend fully dressed with house-made chips, and other specialties from the food truck.
Signature Target Field menu items such as Kramarczuk's sausages, the Murray's Steak Sandwich, the Valentini's Mega Meatball, the El Burrito Mercado's Walk A Taco and Loon Café Chili will return for the 2013 season.
Another St. Paul staple, Panino's Baked Sandwiches, joins the food lineup at Target Field this season. Founded in 1974, Panino's uses a secret dough recipe in its baked sandwiches made with various fresh-prepared fillings. At all Frankie V's concessions at Target Field, Sportservice will serve a Buffalo Chicken Panino - made with chicken, celery, Swiss cheese and Panino's own Buffalo sauce - and the Spaghetti Pie Panino, stuffed with spaghetti noodles, meatball and mozzarella cheese and smothered in pasta sauce.
Other new concessions concepts this season include the new Twins Territory Market in Section 112, which will feature healthier menu items that are perfect for those with dietary needs or sensitive to food allergies. Sportservice is also adding to the Food Network-created dishes it serves with a trio of mac 'n cheese selections: buffalo chicken, jalapeno popper and Cajun Andouille using Kramarczuk's sausage.
Sportservice Executive Chef Pastor Jimenez has also added new tastes to the menus in Target Field's existingrestaurants and suites. At Hrbek's, fans can now enjoy fish tacos, a homemade meatloaf sandwich, a flank steak salad and summer fiesta salad, among others. At Town Ball Tavern, Sportservice is now serving several new menu items, including a French dip sandwich, Summit beer-battered walleye fingers and a roasted apple and baby spinach salad.
At the Metropolitan Club, Jimenez has added sesame chicken bahn mi, a smoked turkey and brie sandwich, a wild mushroom and Swiss burger, a mozzarella a la Caprese salad, a BBQ jack burger and other selections.
In the beverage department, Anheuser-Busch remains the official beer partner of the Minnesota Twins but in recent years the Twins have expanded their selection of local craft beers. Brews from Surly, Fulton, Summit, Finnegans and Schell's will be available at various locations throughout Target Field. At the 573 Bar, fans can enjoy beers from Fulton, Lift Bridge, Granite City and Cold Springs Brewery.
Fans can learn more about Target Field's concessions and dining offerings at www.TasteOfTwinsTerritory.com.