White Sox Food Preview: It looks like another winning season

White Sox Food Preview: It looks like another winning season
Executive chef Troy Tornabeni talks about the new White Sox food Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 was Sox Food Preview Day at Guaranteed Rate Field. The annual preview day, open to the media and other invited guests, is almost as exciting as the home opener. The ball club always does a beautiful job of putting together an exceptional line-up of food creations and surprises with the help of concessionaire partners Delaware North Sportservice and Levy plus input from some of the city's top chefs including Joe Flamm of Spiaggia and Boka's Chris Pandel.

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Whether you are a Cubs fan or a White Sox fan or both (heaven forbid), one thing that you must admit, when it comes to ballpark food the White Sox hit it out of the park every year.

This year is no different.

Not just peanuts and crackerjacks

The starting line-up for opening day will feature more than 90 Craft Beers including 36 new options from 17 new breweries.

Opening day line-up for the craft beers. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Opening day line-up for the craft beers. Photo: Chicago Tribune

And, just in case it's cold (usually a good bet) they are offering some hot boozy cocktails that are sure to be a hit. One selection we sampled was a boozy hot chocolate with Jim Beam, Patron XO and Monin Toasted Marshmallow Syrup.

From Caprese Sandwiches to Elote Nuggets, the menu choices are, once again, innovative, fun and tasty.

Elote nuggets. Photo; Chicago Tribune

Elote nuggets. Photo; Chicago Tribune

This year, the club has contracted with Antique Taco to curate their taco menu. An excellent choice, in my opinion. Antique Taco is one of the best in the city--if not the best. We sampled two of the choices that will be served at the ballpark: the "Chicken al Pastor" with Tres Queso, Pineapple, Onion and Cilantro and  "The Air Stream"--an intoxicating Slow Smoked Brisket with Tres Queso, Grilled Onions, Beware Sauce and Cilantro--both delicious.

Antique Taco. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Antique Taco. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Other new entrees include the  "Triple Play Burger," featuring Angus beef, fried bologna, bacon and cheddar cheese; Popcorn topped with bacon and Nashville Hot Chicken. There are also many variations of fries loaded with the likes of Buffalo Chicken and Chili-cheese. Vegetarians and Vegans will have options including the, new this season, Impossible Burger (vegetarians have the option to add cheese).

Just Desserts

Among the dessert offerings are Sweet Potato Fries. If you think Sweet Potato Fries is a strange dessert just wait until you try these addictive French Fries covered and smothered with powdered sugar, chopped pecans and whipped cream then drizzled with chocolate sauce and Nutella.

Small Bites of Chicago

  • $1 Hot Dog Wednesdays return to Guaranteed Rate Field for the third season on April 10. This ongoing promotion offers Vienna Beef hot dogs for $1 at concession stands on the 100- and 500-level concourses, in-seat vending as well as club level concessions. Additional information is available at whitesox.com/dollardogs.
  • River Roast Tony Mantuano's contemporary American tavern at 315 N LaSalle Dr. will be offering their "Roast of the Month," Roasted Leg of Lamb for the month of April--perfect for Easter and Springtime. Plus it's almost Patio Season and their 75-seat patio overlooking the river, the riverwalk and the city is one of the best.
  • Ocean Prime Chicago, will be opening on April 3 in the Shops at LondonHouse at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive--overlooking the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue. The new space features a unique design and carefully-crafted cuisine featuring seafood and steaks under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Shelley and General Manager Louis Morgan III. The modern American restaurant and lounge from restaurateur Cameron Mitchell promises to provide a premium and unapologetically luxe dining experience. that includes the highest quality ingredients, as well as simple and pure flavors.  
  • Furious Spoon recently made the switch from quick-service to full-service — referred to as the Furious (R)evolution. To accompany this shift, Executive Chef Shin Thompson and team have unveiled a newly expanded menu featuring next-level appetizers, rice bowls and even more.
  • Time Out Market Chicago is set to open in the second half of 2019. The food hall will be located in a unique stand-alone brick building at 916 W. Fulton Market in the heart of the Fulton Market District. It will feature a curated mix from some of the best of Chicago's chefs and restaurants with 18 eateries, three bars and a demo kitchen.
  • Maddon’s Post is scheduled for a May opening in Wrigleyville--fair game before or after baseball. The restaurant will feature an interesting fusion of Polish and Italian food.

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