Levy Restaurants is an industry leading and award-winning hospitality company crafting exceptional food and beverage programs at over 200 sports and entertainment venues. This guest post is by Patty Coleman, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Director of Nutrition and Wellness at Levy.
Innovative and fun plant-based menu items are becoming more prominent at your favorite stadiums and arenas, bland veggie burgers are a thing of the past. As the Director of Nutrition and Wellness at Levy, veggie forward dishes have been on my radar for quite a while, and I’ve had the opportunity to help shape delicious plant-based recipes in my role. Fans across the country can enjoy our delicious dishes at over 200 venues, including STAPLES Center, Wrigley Field, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
I began working with Levy about five years ago, often wearing a lot of hats in my role, which I absolutely love. My key areas of focus are wellness and sustainability, recipe development, nutrient analysis, performance nutrition, and food and nutrition regulations. I not only have a passion for food and cooking but I am a seasoned Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).
I am thrilled to see the recent uptick in veggie-focused meals in our culture, not just in our venues but across the country as a whole. As a Dietitian, it truly brings me joy to see vegetables embraced, enjoyed, and placed in the center of the plate. I am convinced that everyone likes vegetables, they just might not know it yet. That’s where our talented chefs and myself come in, making veggies the star of the show.
I am thrilled to share a few highlights of what we have been up to at Levy. Today, we offer a variety of plant-based options at our venues across the country.
A few of my favorites include . . .
The Buffalo Cauliflower Wrap
This recipe originated at Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the LA Galaxy. This decadent and tasty dish is packed with crunch, texture, and flavor. The wrap has tempura fried buffalo cauliflower, quinoa, kale, tomatoes, carrots and celery tossed in an herb vinaigrette, all wrapped up in a spinach tortilla along with vegan ranch for dipping.
Mushroom Tinga Street Tacos
Street tacos are a fan favorite across the country and they are also one of my favorite game day foods. Stemming from the AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs, the Mushroom Tinga Street Taco (ordered without queso fresco or cilantro lime crema) is a great plant-based option. This dish includes two tasty corn tortillas tacos with tinga-style mushrooms and salsa roja. A delicious veggie focused meal for fans!
The Camelback Burger
This burger (pictured here) premiered last season at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and I can’t wait to see what Chef Stephen Tilder cooks up next season! It is made with an Impossible Burger patty topped with avocado, cucumber, lettuce, brown sugar truffle ketchup, herb mustard, jalapeño-onion relish, toasted onion flake on a vegan bun. The culinary team at Chase Field put a lot of work into perfecting this decadent burger!
Vegetarian and vegan options have become so much more than what they used to be. We continue to push ourselves to think bigger and better, and to provide a great experience for fans with high quality and tasty food. From plant-based tacos to plant-based wraps, there’s something for everyone who visits our venues.
Check out VeggieHappy listings throughout your favorite sport season for plant-based menu information. These dishes and so many others are waiting for you!
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