New Stadium Fare is a Slam Dunk at Talking Stick Resort Arena
The Phoenix Suns have a lot to be excited about this season. In addition to the number one draft pick making an impact on the court, Talking Stick Resort Arena has a new executive chef and new culinary offerings to delight fans.
Executive chef Eileen Aguilera, a Southern California native and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, joined Talking Stick Resort Arena in June 2018. Before joining the Suns, she was executive sous chef at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chef Aguilera and her culinary team spent the summer creating new dishes with local ingredients that elevate stadium fare. New offerings at the arena include:
• The Suns Spicy Chorizo Dog, a name voted on by fans, features Schreiner’s chorizo, black bean salsa, jack and cheddar cheese, fire roasted green chilies, chipotle aioli and crispy tortilla strips. It is available at various locations in the arena.
• Colossal Loaded Fries and Rings, served in a souvenir basketball bowl, are smothered in Four Peaks Kilt Lifter beer cheese sauce, and topped with bacon, chives, sour cream and beer-battered onion rings.
• Available at House of Brews, Spicy Southwest Loaded Fries are topped with spicy Schreiner’s chorizo, black bean salsa, roasted green chiles, and fried tortilla chips.
• Available at the new Beam & Burgers, the Beam BBQ Bacon Burger is topped with Jim Beam maple bourbon barbecue sauce and served with a side of fries with house-made Jim Beam seasoning salt. Beam & Burgers also serves Jim Beam Highballs on tap.
• Phoenix’s Nocawich location at the arena offers the Beef ‘n Chedda, with fresh sliced beef, Wisconsin’s Merkts cheddar sauce, grilled onions, horseradish cream and au jus.
• Vegans can enjoy Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers’ Impossible Burger, a plant-based, chargrilled burger available in the Dos Equis Beer Garden. Impossible minis are available in suites and for special events.
• Pomo Pizzeria is offering Stromboli Calabrese made fresh with Calabrese salami, Schreiner’s sausage, mozzarella and provolone cheese.
• The Big Kid Dog is available in the arena’s suites and is topped with macaroni and cheese and Fritos.
The Phoenix Suns and its hospitality partner Levy promote healthy eating and culinary education throughout the season. The Suns partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona on a children’s cooking competition showcasing healthy food options. Levy partners with the Central High School Culinary Arts department for the annual Phoenix Suns Charities’ Slam Dunk event, which takes place November 3.
Besides the action on the court, there are a lot of reasons to go to a Suns game this season and many exciting new dishes to try. Stadium food is one of the best parts of going to the game but with so many tasty options it’s going to be hard to choose.
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