Thursday, June 14, 2007

"WHEAT GRASS!! Get yer ice cold WHEAT GRASS here!!!"

Eating well at the ballpark? Why the hell not?

Diners visiting the Stadium Club at U.S. Cellular Field will find a variety of healthful selections . . New this season at the club is the chef's organic table, featuring items such as organic salads, seafood and meat entrees. "We even use organic olive oil for the dressings," Soto said. Organic honey was used in flavoring the sauce for a sweet potato side dish, and a bean cassoulet was prepared with organic, fat-free chicken broth. An organic lentil salad, Soto said, is a good choice for someone monitoring fat intake or needing extra fiber.

OK, that's all well and good at the Stadium Club, but is there anything that can be flung to seat 15F from the aisle by a vendor?

Individuals on select diets also will find items to enjoy in the concession areas while cheering on the White Sox. The offerings include veggie dogs, garden burgers, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit cups and kosher hot dogs. Also, a healthful turkey wrap is served on the Club Level.

Hmmm. Quite a falloff from the stadium club. I mean, I like Hebrew Nationals better than other hot dogs, but I think it's stretching things to call them healthy. And why aren't the turkey wraps available in the cheap seats?

Look, when I go to a game, I'm probably going to get a hot dog and a beer because that's just how I roll. It's ridiculous, however, that for the most part, the healthy food in stadiums is only available to the folks rich enough to afford the club seats. It's hard enough for Shyster to get his old lady interested in baseball without dippin' dots being the closest thing to vegetables she can get if I decide not to spring for tickets in the Toyota Terrace, so how about taking a stab at offering more healthy fare in the upper decks and further down the baselines?