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Clockwise from top left: T-Mobile Park’s chapulines, Las Vegas Convention Center’s Meat Locker pizza, pork belly banh mi sliders, Vancouver Convention Centre’s Bliss Cake. (Courtesy Centerplate) Centerplate heads toward centennial by keeping concessions fresh for clients, fans In 1929, Nathaniel Leverone started a vending service in Chicago and called it the Automatic Canteen Company of America. Leverone got the idea to start the company when he got a handful of bad peanuts from a vending machine and he thought he could do better.  He founded the company on the idea that customers deserved a square deal: fairly priced high-quality food and beverage, served with professionalism and a smile. Leverone’s first real get turned out to be the historic World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933. He sold chocolate milk and concessions, and he even installed a few pop-up restaurants. The vending business eventually split off and the rest of the company […]

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T-Mobile Park Tries Robot-Prepared Pizza

Centerplate executive chef Taylor Park stands in front of the robot pizza-making system in the kitchen at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park. (Courtesy Centerplate) Machine completes successful pilot program at Mariners’ ballpark Centerplate introduced the world’s first robot pizza maker at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park on Sept. 10. The machine was developed and created by Picnic, a robotics-as-a-service and artificial intelligence food assembly company that started in 2016. The pilot program wrapped up after the Seattle Mariners’ last home game of the season Sept. 29. Centerplate’s robot maker is 6 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 5.5 feet tall, and it is broken up into segments. The entry point is where the dough is placed on a conveyor belt. A camera locates the dough and signals the machine. The second phase adds sauce and cheese, and the last phase is for toppings. The platform can produce high-volume, customizable pizzas, made with any kind […]

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For Ballparks, Market’s Right for Naming Rights

A rendering shows the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark once new signs and lighting have been installed. (Courtesy Seattle Mariners) Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle all find partners for new long-term deals The recent trend for Major League Baseball teams nearing the end of stadium naming-rights deals has been to find new partners for long-term agreements. Over the past few months, the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners announced new deals to rebrand their venues for American Family Insurance, Oracle and T-Mobile, respectively. The agreements for Oracle Park in San Francisco and T-Mobile Park in Seattle took effect before the 2019 season. In Milwaukee, American Family’s deal kicks in after the 2020 season. The agreement extends to the Brewers’ spring training facility in Maryvale, Ariz., which is now called American Family Fields of Phoenix after going through $60 million in upgrades. Brewer MillerCoors, AT&T and Safeco Insurance all declined to renew naming […]

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