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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Celebrity chef expands meals handouts to stadium complex

BALTIMORE (AP) — Celebrity chef Jose Andres is expanding his humanitarian efforts to feed Baltimore residents during the coronavirus pandemic, with plans to hand out thousands of meals each week near the homes of the Orioles and Ravens.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Andres’ nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, plans to hand out between 10,000 and 20,000 packaged meals every Saturday at the Camden Yards stadium complex.

The Salvation Army also is using the facility to deliver thousands of meals per day to seniors. World Central Kitchen has been negotiating for weeks with the Maryland Stadium Authority and Gov. Larry Hogan’s office to use the Camden Yard complex.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2020 at 01:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: camden yards, coronavirus, food

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

José Andrés Helps the Nats Turn D.C.’s Baseball Stadium Into a Community Kitchen

The Washington Nationals have teamed up with chef José Andrés’s global nonprofit to utilize D.C.’s empty professional baseball stadium as a place to cook and distribute thousands of free meals to residents in need during the novel coronavirus crisis.

Under its city-owned lease, Nationals Park is supposed to be used for sports and entertainment only, but the city signed off on a plan led by World Central Kitchen and the team’s newly established charity arm, Nationals Philanthropies (formerly the Dream Foundation).

Two large kitchens at the park will be used to prepare hot meals that will be delivered to communities by Uber Eats drivers. One facility is typically reserved for suites, catering, and concessions. The other, PNC Diamond Club kitchen, normally makes food for big-ticket fans. It’s outfitted with six-burner ranges and all the culinary bells and whistles.

Nationals Philanthropies will work with its community partners to get dinners to public housing in the Navy Yard and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods as well as the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Fort Dupont. The recipient list is expected to grow with the help of Southwest Waterfront BID, along with people in underserved Ward 7 and Ward 8, and homeless populations from around the city.

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2020 at 12:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: food, nationals park

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Everything’s Up to Date in Tampa Bay

From time to time, one encounters a fan who takes an interest in a non-hometown team. Often it is a sentimental attachment to a team based in a city where one spent one’s formative years. Sometimes a fan becomes enthralled with an individual player and by default becomes a fan of the player’s team. And sometimes it is a vicarious identification with a winning team or an underdog.

For my part, in recent years I have followed the fortunes of the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays. I’ve never lived in either of those locations, and I’m not a fan of any one player, so I guess you can put me in the underdog category.

As fans are well aware, both franchises have to deal with limited budgets year after year. Also, both play in ballparks that are typically at the bottom of the rankings posted by stadium mavens, and for various reasons their municipal hosts can’t seem to agree on locations for new digs. Nevertheless, the A’s and Rays usually field competitive teams and reach the postseason more often than a lot of franchises with more resources facing less daunting challenges. It may well be their Herculean struggles against their handicaps will never result in a title; on the other hand, a Cinderella team could be taking shape even as I write this.

In recent months, however, I find my admiration for the Tampa Bay franchise is dwindling. It has nothing to do with on-field performance. It’s strictly because of what’s been going on behind the scenes.

Sadly, I doubt that’s about as far as they can go…..

 

QLE Posted: March 07, 2020 at 01:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, food, rays

Thursday, February 27, 2020

That Time Obama Pardoned a Guy Who Stole Charlie Sheen’s Honus Wagner Card

Jumping ahead slightly:

If you’re looking for a snapshot of American culture before the turn of the last century—when traffic was starting to thicken at the four-way intersection of sports, celebrity, media and commerce—you can’t do much better than the scene at 1540 Broadway in New York City on Dec. 18, 1995. The grand opening that night of the first Official All‑Star Café reflected the latest in a trend of gaudy, zeitgeist-capturing theme restaurants. In ’92 there had been six such chains in the U.S., doing $300 million in total revenue. Within six years there would be 30, doing $2 billion.

At the center of all this was Robert Earl, a British restaurateur (in the loosest sense) who started his crusade against fine dining in the 1970s with a medieval-theater-themed eatery, Beefeater; then developed the music-centric Hard Rock Cafe; then partnered with the likes of actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore to launch Planet Hollywood for hungry movie fans. The next iteration of his meal ticket focused on sports.

Fronted by Andre Agassi, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Montana, Shaquille O’Neal, Monica Seles and PGA Rookie of the Year Tiger Woods, among others, the first All-Star Café was a 34,000-square-foot, three-story monstrosity with seating for 650 at the midcourt circle of Times Square. Earl grandly described the venue as “an arena meets a stadium,” and the opening was a festival of excess. Paparazzi and news cameras flanked red carpets. Limousines dotted the block. A jockocracy including John McEnroe, Roger Clemens, Doc Gooden, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and Evander -Holyfield—the last two would share an intimate bite inside the ring 18 months later—turned out, along with celebs such as Charlie Sheen, Stevie Wonder, Whoopi Goldberg, Mayor Rudy Guiliani and a Manhattan man-about-town who seldom missed this kind of photo op, real-estate developer Donald J. Trump. Mid-party, Blues Traveler front man John Popper grabbed a harmonica and belted out a few songs, though according to the Daily News, “the highlight of the evening had to be our overhearing Cindy Crawford giving marital advice to Brooke Shields.”

“Take your pick of sports metaphors,” Entertainment Tonight’s Pat O’Brien cooed from the scene. “You can call it a slam dunk. . . . Game, set and match. . . . He shoots, he scores! . . . The place looks like a real winner!”

A change of pace, with several different aspects that may be of interest.

QLE Posted: February 27, 2020 at 12:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, food, honus wagner, theft

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Giants’ new manager has the strangest eating habits in baseball

Gabe Kapler, the new manager of the San Francisco Giants, has some weird eating habits. He’s a very health conscious guy, and at times he’s taken that to the ultimate degree in dedication to his overall wellness.

A profile of Kapler by Ryan Gorcey of the Mercury News describes one of those weird, extreme interactions between Kapler and food. When Kapler was playing for Moorpark College in 1995, he forgot to pack his meal when the team was traveling for an away game. What happened next was something that several of his teammates would remember for a long, long time.

“Kapler credits a Moorpark nutrition class for teaching him the importance of eating right. When his team stopped at McDonald’s on the way back from a game at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Kapler, having forgotten to pack his usual tuna-on-rye sandwich, peeled the skin off of all 40 of his Chicken McNuggets.”

Imagine yourself peeling the brown, squishy skin off of 40 little chicken nuggets, and eating what’s inside. Now imagine yourself doing that, but on a bus, surrounded by other people who are likely fascinated with watching you perform a skin-ectomy on 40 entire nuggets. It must have been quite the thing to witness.

The coming season’s going to be rough on those of us who like the Giants, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: January 15, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: food, gabe kapler

 

 

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