The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of Las Vegas Ballpark®, a Triple-A baseball stadium at Downtown Summerlin® and owner of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, announced today the Ballpark’s new line-up of best-in-class food and drink experiences. Featuring a collection of culinary superstars – including chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Brian Howard, Josh Clark and more – the menu is designed to elevate traditional ballpark classics, and expand food and drink offerings with new options and flavors for the whole family.
The anticipated line-up has been created in partnership with Las Vegas-based restaurateur and official Hospitality Experience Curator for Las Vegas Ballpark, Sarah Camarota, and will be overseen and operated by industry-leading Triple-A ballpark concessionaire, Professional Sports Catering. The dynamic food and drink experience is designed to establish Las Vegas Ballpark as both a world-class baseball stadium and vibrant social food hall. The driving theme of the programming is ‘elevated classics’ built around the idea of giving baseball fans the traditional fare they look forward to when attending a game made extraordinary in flavor and presentation to create an overall wow-factor.
Set to open on April 9, Las Vegas Ballpark will showcase an “only in Vegas” culinary approach that is unlike any other Triple-A baseball stadium in the country. Below are some experiential highlights of the family-centric, Vegas-driven dining experiences Las Vegas Aviators fans will enjoy:
Giada in the Suites & Signature Frosé Stadium-wide by Giada De Laurentiis
Italian-born American chef, author, and television personality, will offer a variety of signature dishes, including her iconic Orzo Meatballs, gourmet Pizzettes and Italian salads with a Californian twist to all suite and club-level guests. Her renowned Froséis the official drink of the venue and will be served stadium-wide. The rosé-colored ice-blended libation garnished with her signature basil leaf was chosen because of its crisp flavor profile and refreshing effect on the palate.
FLYDOG by Chef Brian Howard
Another elevated classic at Las Vegas Ballpark is the humble ballpark hot dog. It took more than a dozen tastings and three cross-country trips for the “Taste Team,” helmed by Orrock, Las Vegas Aviators President and COO Don Logan, and Curator Camarota, to find a truly best-in-class hot dog experience that was ideal for the Las Vegas fan base. Ironically, the food icon they were seeking turned out to be surprisingly close to home. Celebrated local chef and restaurateurBrian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf created a custom collection of dogs and sausages especially for Las Vegas Ballpark.
The concept, dubbed FLYDOG, is both a nostalgic tribute to the classic American hot dog and a contemporary spin on the unexpected, pulling from Howards’ Detroit roots, where Coney Island dogs are a favorite, as well as his trademark culinary creativity. The result is an approachable, fun-spirited menu, designed to satisfy the baseball traditionalist, ultra-foodie and everyone in between. The exclusive line-up will be featured at three locations throughout the main concourse so that all fans have easy access to Las Vegas’ signature hot dogs.
The menu starts with theThe Heater, a griddled hot link with Calabrian chili relish, kewpie mayo, spicy mustard, parmesan cheese on a potato bun;Hercules, a foot-long, bacon-wrapped Hebrew National topped with dry aged beef chili, pickled mustard seed and sweet onion jam; Jetsetter ,featuring a Snake River Farms Wagyu beef, Banh mi pickles, cilantro mayo and which celebrates Vegas’ thriving Chinatown and Asian cuisine, in-line with Howard’s own favorite flavor profiles; andChicago Smokehouse a playful spin on the classic Chicago dog, featuring a custom blended smoked cheddar brat, neon relish, sports peppers and tomato on a poppy bun. Each is a stand-alone “wow,” but together they represent a celebration of what a great ballpark dog can be.
Aviator Ale by Tenaya Creek
And to wash down that FLYDOG? A perfectly crisp cold beer, of course! Las Vegas Ballpark’s big move here was to partner with Tenaya Creek to create a “bespoke summertime sipper” dubbed Aviator Ale. The local brewery has been brewing since 1999 and was thrilled to partner with Las Vegas Ballpark to craft a custom golden session ale which is easy on the palate, with gentle hoppy-ness and a tropical finish.
All American Childhood Classics by The Goodwich
As American as baseball and apple pie is mac n’ cheese! Chef and owner of The Goodwich, Josh Clark, has created the ultimate experience of his best-selling, seasonally-inspired gourmet Mac n’ Cheese to be featured at a “build your own mac” counter, where guests can put their own flavorful spin on the Ballpark signature. The salty-cheesy-creamy favorite is elevated with creative toppings such as crushed chicharrons and avocado and sprinkled with street corn salad, cotija, Pasilla aioli corn nuts and tajin. According to Camarota, Clark also blew away the Ballpark’s Taste Team when he surprised them with his mother’s Apple Pie A La Mode, served in a baseball helmet. “The second we laid eyes on this we knew it was right for the Ballpark, and it’s the best apple pie on the planet as far as we’re concerned,” said Logan. “Who wouldn’t love a slice of pie topped with ice cream in the sixth inning?!”
Craft Cocktails by Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim
The Las Vegas-based bartending icon Tony Abou-Ganim takes the helm as cocktail master at Las Vegas Ballpark, creating signature drinks like the Tito’s Turbulence, Summerlin Swizzle featuring Bacardi, and a fresh lime margarita with Herradura. Abou-Ganim, most recently known for his “mixology for the masses” program at T-Mobile area, has a seasoned tenure in cocktail creation. The Las Vegas Ballpark is a perfect fit for Abou-Ganim’s ingenuity and ideal location at which to showcase his unique and over-the-top libations.
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Ferraro’s Italian and Me Gusta Taco
Finally, hometown hero brand Capriotti’s will serve its uber-popular Cheese Steak and Bobbie sandwiches to Aviators fans, with both Ferraro’s Italian and Me Gusta Taco rounding out the incredible, locally-driven line-up.
Las Vegas’ legendary Italian stronghold, Ferraro’s will feature “secret family recipes” that represent their ode to baseball along with a classic Sicilian style pizza line-up.
Me Gusta Taco will feature modern Mexican cuisine, including fusion style Pork Belly Banh Mi, along with crowd pleasing Pollo and Carnitas tacos. Vegetarian options will also be available.
Throughout the season, Las Vegas Ballpark will invite a carefully curated roster of Las Vegas’ most celebrated and interesting chefs and restauranteurs to take over the Club’s show kitchen and serve their personal ode to baseball fare and their own greatest hits. The line-up will include a mix of indie upstarts and emerging talent, as well as industry icons and superstars from the Strip. A sampling of confirmed chefs includes Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Andiron Steak & Sea and Honey Salt in Las Vegas; James Beard Award Winner Shawn McClain,of Sage and FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA Resort & Casino, Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay; and Brian Howard, chef and owner of Sparrow + Wolf and James Trees from Esther’s Kitchen, just to name a few.