An article in today’s New York Times applauds the Barclays Center for offering a lot of local food, branded “Brooklyn Taste,” at their concession stands. Here are some sentences from the article:
- This is the new Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets with food about as local as stadium fare gets.
- The building will offer the products of 37 Brooklyn restaurateurs and food purveyors in its concession stands, suites and restaurants.
- There will be foie gras and hand-sliced ham for the big spenders, and even “caviar for Mr. Prokhorov,” said one chef, referring to Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire and Nets majority owner. There will be pickles, pretzels and black-and-white cookies for non-billionaires.
- There is talk of offering “Brooklyn Taste” cooking classes and a cookbook.
- Bruce Ratner said, “Even before it became the food capital, there were 90 different ethnic groups. We had an opportunity that almost nobody else ever had: to pick through all these different types of restaurants and foods and make it local.”
- Brooklyn Bangers, from the Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton (of the restaurants Saul and The Vanderbilt), will offer brisket hot dogs ($9.75); Zakary Pelaccio of Fatty ’Cue will sell barbecue brisket and pork sandwiches ($13.75 and $12.75, respectively), and the Red Hook Lobster Pound will supply lobster rolls ($18.50).
I get the feeling that much of the food will very expensive and unaffordable for most fans. I probably will stick to Nathan’s hot dogs when I go to Nets games but I am intrigued that there will be so much local food.