Last night the Prudential Center showcased its revamped food and beverage experience at an exclusive tasting event presented by its partner Legends Hospitality. The goal of the new food options is to reflect the variety of culinary choices throughout New Jersey and present locally sourced ingredients throughout the arena’s specialty dishes, as well as provide fans with authentic international cuisine.
“We want to make Prudential Center a place that is a destination for amazing experiences,” said Hugh Weber, president of the New Jersey Devils. “One half of that experience is the warm feeling that you get when greeted by the people who are working here, and the other part is filling your belly, mouth, taste buds and other parts of the sensory experience with the food.”
A few examples of new options for the 2018-19 season include NJ Steak Co., which features seared beef tenderloin on grilled sourdough rolls featuring three distinct flavors including the Steakhouse Wedge, Mustard Steak and Asian BBQ steak.
Additionally, Bowl’d Over, another new option this season, will give fans a chance to try authentic Asian cuisine which includes a variety of ramen and rice bowls as well as bao buns topped with BBQ Asian pork, grilled chicken, and steamed or picked vegetables.
“We’ve gone to great lengths to work with local farms, meat producers, and bakers to really bring the community to the arena,” said Jason Choate, senior executive chef at Prudential Center, Legends Hospitality. This focus is evident throughout the various menus in the Prudential Center, as much of the food is locally sourced from inside the state.
“Another new concept that we are excited about is the Line Change Menu. We are working with several [Devils] players who are giving us their hometown and regional specialties and personal favorite dishes,” Choate said.
For example, New Jersey Devils’ winger Miles Wood opted for New England cuisine, with his menu featuring lobster mac and cheese, lobster roll, bread bowl clam chowder, clam cakes and a New England rutabaga and apple salad.
Choate said that there are also 20 New Jersey breweries represented in the arena with more than 40 local beers available. This will not only give exposure to a number of small breweries in the state, but also gives the fans a chance to support the local community.
A new wine bar and expanded wine menu will also be available, featuring brands such as Jordan, Oberon by Mondavi, Cakebread, Mer Soleil and Opus One.
“We are always listening to the fans. They tell us what they like and don’t like, and we listen to their feedback,” Choate said. “We identify all our items as gluten free, identify what allergens are in the dishes, and we also have vegetarian options. We are really sensitive to everything and want to make sure everyone can come in and have their needs taken care of.”
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