1). Minnesota's most famous chef exports are teaming up.
Andrew Zimmern, who has been working with Aramark, the exclusive hospitality partner and dining service provider for U.S. Bank Stadium, on the stadium’s culinary offerings, will partner with Chef Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable on AZC Hoagies. The eatery will serve classic football favorites like Italian meatball, coiled sausage sandwich on a hamburger bun, and an insane Italian porketta sandwich they sampled at the unveiling. The duo has also come up with a better way of stuffing your face while in public. They will serve their sandwiches in especially designed sleeves so that none of that garlic aioli sulllies your jersey.
2). Zimmern is everywhere.
Along with AZC Hoagies, Zimmern will also open AZC Rotisserie as a part of his expanding brand, Andrew Zimmern's Canteen. The stand will offer rotisserie beef, goat, pork, lamb and chicken either as sandwiches or by the half pound. Take some home for the kids.
3). The cutest way to burn your innards is served on two squishy buns.
Revival is in the house. They may be busy setting up shop in St. Paul and expanding in Minneapolis, but chef Thomas Boemer and partner Nick Rancone somehow found the time to introduce their mouthwatering fried chicken to the masses at U.S. Bank Stadium. Rancone said they had concerns about such a large undertaking and having to compromise the quality of food fans have come to expect from them, but after working with Aramak he says his fears have been assuaged. Lucky for us. The samples at the unveiling consisted of tiny, fluffy, perfectly crispy sandwiches, but Chef Boemer says they have not yet decided on actual portion size at the games. I’ll take four please.
4). We like Ike's (massive Bloody Marys)
Nothing goes better with football than a Bloody Mary, and Ike’s has you covered. Owner Gene Winstead and Executive Chef Andrew Shrader presented their gorgeous signature cocktail, along with tender steak sandwiches, at the unveiling. Fun fact: Winstead is on his fifth term as Mayor of Bloomington, Minnesota. That explains that new location.
5). This is just the beginning of the food options that will be showing up.
Aramark’s M Hospitality group’s mantra is "Modern, Memorable and Minnesota." The group plans on announcing additional food vendor for the new stadium soon. Jamie Hodgson, Aramark’s M Hospitality’s General Manager said they are focused on the whole experience of food at the stadium, from the vessels used to deliver the food to the "edgy" uniforms vendors might don.