Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

FEB 2019

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110 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • FEBRUARY 2019 facility design p r o j e c t o f t h e m o n t h for a "Christmas in July" themed event. The hot and carving stations contain built-in plate shelves along the sides. All use portable food shields. "The utilization of undermount equipment and portable food shields allows for flexibility with these units so they don't have to be strictly for foodservice," Sedej says. "By designing them to look like pieces of furniture rather than solely foodservice buffets, they can remain in the room and be utilized for many purposes." Suites contain serving equipment, a refrigerator, sink, storage cabinets and a beverage refrigerator. Challenges and the Future The early days of stadium foodservice at Impact Field were a bit of an unknown since there was no historical data or precedent for foodservice usage. "We didn't know where people would gravitate," Cole says. "For example, Flash Point is at third baseline, so people gravitate toward that stand, and there are lines. In the beginning, we made Chicago dogs with all the toppings, but because there are seven toppings, we had very long lines. We learned that most people want the key ingredients — onions, mustard, relish and celery salt. The wild cards, items most commonly requested to be left off, are pickles, tomatoes and sport pep- pers. So when a customer orders a Chicago dog, the front-of-the-house staff is adding those last three items instead of the back-of-the-house staff. This takes most of the special requests off the back-of-the- house staff and puts it on the front-of-the-house staff for increased productivity and speed of service. Of course, we accommodate all requests, but this tactic has made it much easier on the kitchen." As season two nears, Mayor Stephens, general manager Stephens, Cole and her culinary team con- tinue to discuss efficiencies. They are confident that as word spreads about the baseball team and the food offered at Impact Field, fans will flock to the new venue. Accommodating more customers is a challenge they welcome. FE&S Collie Cole, director of operations, Professional Sports Catering (PSC), powered by Levy. Cole's background includes positions with McMenamins Inc., which operates pubs and restaurants, historic hotels, breweries, distilleries and wineries in Oregon and Washington, and Real Restaurants in San Francisco. She joined Levy in 2012 and moved to PSC a year ago to open Impact Field's foodservice. Sterling B. Hershey, AIA, LEED AP, associate, AECOM, Kansas City, Mo. During his 20-year career in architecture and design, Hershey's projects have included stadiums and arenas for major league, minor league and collegiate sports facilities. His civic architecture experience includes work studies and design contests for public schools, university research laboratories, student education facilities, and public and private medical offices and facilities. Kristin Sedej, FCSI, president, S20 Inc., Chicago. Sedej was one of the original partners of S3 Consultants, which dissolved in 2003 and reincorporated in 2008 with Sedej and Harry Schildkraut. Sedej's projects include more than 100 sports venues, both collegiate and professional. Two are the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Northwestern Kellogg School of Management Global Hub. Bradley A. Stephens, mayor of the Village of Rosemont, Rosemont, Ill. Stephens was appointed to the Office of Mayor by the Village of Rosemont's Board of Trustees in May 2007 following the sudden passing of his father, Donald E. Stephens, who was the founder and principal pioneer of the municipality and who served as Rosemont's mayor for more than 50 years. Prior to becoming mayor 12 years ago, he served on the Board of Trustees for 18 years. Bradley Stephens II, general manager, Impact Field, Rosemont, Ill. After graduating from college, Stephens began working for the Village of Rosemont at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, named after his grandfather, Rosemont's former mayor, Donald E. Stephens. In addition to his position at Impact Field, he is also property manager for Parkway Bank Park, Rosemont's Entertainment District. MEET THE PLAYERS

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