The forecast is for a rain/snow mix, so it must be Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs. Last summer, my husband and I were fortunate enough to score a babysitter for
the entire day to enjoy a Cubs game on a hot, sunny July afternoon. I was a
little concerned though when I started thinking about what my dining options
would be at Wrigley Field.
After a phone call and lengthy conversation
with a representative from Levy Restaurants, manager of Wrigley's concessions, I was pleasantly surprised to
know that they offered a few gluten free options at several of their
concession areas (Sheffield Grill, Brew House) for those gluten
intolerant fans with more options to come in 2011.
I recently contacted Levy Restaurants to see what their offerings might be for the 2011 season. Levy manages concessions not only for Wrigley Field, but US Cellular Field, United Center, Ravinia, Toyota Park, and Arlington Race Track as well. As of March 28, 2011 they are now offering dedicated Gluten Free/Celiac-friendly concessions stands. Some items offered at these stands will include gluten free beer, loaded nachos, hot dogs with gluten free buns, as well a variety of gluten free snacks (potato chips, gummy bears). They will also use dedicated serving utensils for these gluten free stands, so there is no risk of cross-contamination.
Dining areas within each of the stadiums will also be offering more substantial gluten free fare. For instance, Sections 119 and 108 at United Center will offer turkey, brisket, and pulled pork with Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce (gluten free), along with gluten free corned beef and roast beef sandwiches. Cellular Field already offers gluten free sandwiches, ice cream, chocolate
chip cookies, and Bard's Tale gluten free beer.
So, buy some bleacher seat tickets and get ready to enjoy baseball season with a gluten free hot dog and a frosty Redbridge beer!