Sliders take on a new meaning for Chicago Cubs fans at Wrigley Field’s season-long “Party of the Century.” In honor of Wrigley Field’s Centennial, the ballpark is loading the bases with an ambitious menu celebrating 100 years of ballpark food.
First at bat is the 1910 Rueben Dog smothered with corn beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese that will be available all season. Or how about the 1950’s TV Dinner Dog? This juicy Vienna Beef beauty comes buried under a heap of mashed potatoes, gravy and corn. Thankfully, it will only be offered for a limited time during the 1950’s homestand.
Another treat straight out of the 1950’s are Twisted Potato Chips served with, what else but, classic, creamy Lipton Onion Dip. Caveat: this treat is available for Cubs’ suite holders, only. Another suite holder only item is the 1970’s Shrimp Cocktail Shooters featuring Jumbo shrimp with a zesty cocktail sauce served in a shot glass.
The 1980’s come alive with the Nacho hot dog featuring tortilla strips, nacho cheese, salsa and pickled jalapenos. Cajun Wings with cool ranch dipping sauce bring the 1980's into focus for the Suite set. Stay tuned for the 1990's represented with a Bagel Dog wrapped in a warm bagel with deli mustard for all--and Mini Veggie Burgers for the Suites.
Classic cocktails, for those 21 and over, will be available on the main concourse at section 109 and on the bleacher patio in left field. The “Ten Timeless Toddies,” served in limited edition souvenir glasses, recall the past glory days when the Cubs had just come off their 1907 and 1908 World Series wins.
Fans were feeling high back in 1910 when the Cubs were in the series, once again. The perfect toast for those times might have been the Weeghman Park Old Fashioned. The cocktail made with Bulleit Rye and Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix, served with an orange slice and cherry will be back for 2014.
Cubs power continued right through the 1940’s with World Series appearances in 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945.
Fans can call the shots, once again in 2014, reliving these special decades with the following:
- 1920’s Upper Deck Gin Rickey: A Gilded Age cocktail made with Tanqueray Gin, lime juice and club soda, garnished with basil;
- the 1930’s Called Shot: A Manhattan made with fans’ choice of whiskey - Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit Rye, Crown Royal or Bushmills Irish Whiskey;
- and the 1940’s Day Game: A variation on a Hurricane, made with Captain Morgan, Meyers Dark Rum and Finest Call Hurricane Mix.
A special salute to Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks is the 1950’s Mr. Cub Cocktail #14. The Cubbie Blue cocktail features Smirnoff Vodka, Blue Curacao and lemonade, served with a slice of lemon and a cherry.
Moving on to this century, hope and optimism fill the stands with the newly created 2000’s Playoff Punch: A Cosmopolitan-inspired punch made with Smirnoff Orange Vodka, Monin Tiki Blend, cranberry and lime juice.
For beer and hot dog fans, no worries, the traditional Chicago Hot Dog will be available all season along with drafts and bottles of Goose Island favorites such as 312 Urban Wheat, 312 Urban Pale Ale, Green Line, Matilda and Sofie.
So get ready to party. Next year is here.
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