NEWARK, N.J., June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the NHL Stanley Cup Finals take center ice at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center, the arena's hospitality partner, Centerplate, is proud to unveil its exclusive menus for hockey's premier event. The company will ensure fans at the Prudential Center enjoy a memorable dining experience worthy of the NHL Finals.
Centerplate's fan-centric approach to event hospitality means that everything, from the menu to the service environments, has been customized for New Jersey Devils fans and the Stanley Cup Finals. The Prudential Center's hospitality programs incorporate the special flavors and flair of the region, so fans get a sense of place and a feeling of local pride from what they're eating and enjoying. A featured local favorite is the traditional New Jersey deep-fried hot dog.
After conducting over 10,000 in-depth fan surveys in the last two years, Centerplate is able to cater to fans needs and eating trends, from healthy options to indulgent desserts. In the general admissions areas, fans can enjoy fresh-carved turkey and roast beef sandwiches, pulled pork and beef brisket smoked in-house, and all of the beloved traditional hockey snack favorites. Fans looking for 'healthier for you' options are treated to a variety of choices from the Healthy Fare and Gluten Free carts and Centerplate's new SnackSmart snack boxes available throughout the facility.
Led by Executive Chef Bill Miller, Centerplate's culinary team has also crafted a series of club and restaurant menus specifically for the Finals. Special dishes include:
- Bison and Gruyere Patty Melts with caramelized onions and scotch bonnet pepper spread,
- Local Burrata Cheese Bruschetta with grilled black mission figs and a balsamic reduction,
- California Crab and Scallop Cakes with avocado and wasabi aioli, a nod to the flavors of the Kings' home ice, and
- a Stanley Cup Cupcake Display featuring a massive installation of individual cupcakes frosted in the shape of the iconic Stanley Cup itself.
"We are thrilled to help host New Jersey Devil fans in the Stanley Cup Finals," said Peter Matra, Centerplate's executive responsible for its operations at the Prudential Center. "Our world-class hospitality program and our custom-tailored menus will provide a championship-level experience for these incredible fans during these very special games."
As the New Jersey Devils have made their run to the Stanley Cup, Matra and his team have developed unique hospitality programs for each round of the playoffs. Fortunately, Centerplate has been able to draw on its talented team and deep experience working at some of the world's most high-profile sporting events, including: 13 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the Olympics, and multiple BCS National Championship Games.
Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." in 250 prominent sports, entertainment and convention venues across North America. Centerplate has provided services to 13 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.