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The Atlanta Braves go gourmet with cooking demos

A trip to Turner Field may include more than a hot dog these days. Brant Sanderlin/ AJC Staff)

A trip to Turner Field may include more than a hot dog these days. (Brant Sanderlin/ AJC Staff)

It’s not just popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jacks anymore. Baseball is going gourmet.

This year, Kevin Rathbun opened the Kevin Rathbun Steak concession stand serving sirloin steak sandwiches by section 203 of Turner Field. And starting this week, the venue will host a series of cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs in the Turner Field Cooking Suite.

Celebrity chefs will prepare a meal for each of these “Big Night Out” events developed around the cuisine of the visiting team’s hometown.

Of the ten events in the series, half will be hosted by Atlantan Herb Mesa, who competed on “The Next Food Network Star” and the other half will be hosted by Donna Rodriguez, who hosts the radio show “The Dishing with Donna Show.” Other chefs and restauranteurs including Kevin Rathbun, Bobby Deen and Emily Saliers will team up with the host to lead the demonstrations and prepare the meals.

Tickets cost $135 and include seating in the luxury suite, cooking demonstration, meal with beer and wine pairings and a Green Lot parking pass.

Here’s the lineup for the “Big Night Out” series:

  • May 25th vs. Washington Nationals – Donna Rodriguez
  • June 16th vs. Baltimore Orioles – Donna Rodrguez
  • June 30th vs. Washington Nationals – Herb Mesa and Ashley Vicos of Food Network’s “Have Cake, Will Travel”
  • July 14 vs. New York Mets – Herb Mesa
  • July 27th vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Donna Rodriguez and Kevin Rathbun
  • August 4th vs. Houston Astros – Herb Mesa
  • August 18 – vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Donna Rodriguez and Emily Sailers of The Indigo Girls and Watershed on Peachtree
  • September 1st vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Herb Mesa
  • September 29 vs. New York Mets – Donna Rodriguez and Bobby Deen of Food Network’s “Not My Mama’s Meals”

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

17 comments Add your comment


May 23rd, 2012
7:12 am

Companies do give out samples. They are looking to put their products in potential consumers’ hands. They wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work one of the place that always worked is “Official Samples” search online

Krystle Meyer

May 23rd, 2012
8:51 am

I think the term “celebrity chef” is being used quite liberally here.


May 23rd, 2012
8:57 am

It’s great to have a variety to fit every budget and taste. For my money the ball park with the best food is Camden Yards in Baltimore…their hot dogs are baseball…the smell, taste and cost, In fact everything in Baltimore is reasonably priced so baseball CAN be a family pasttime. And I am a born and bred ATlantan…huge Braves fan, but I have to say the baseball experience has not measured up to Baltimore. I do want to say that my first Chick F-let was at the old stadium and for many seasons that was my food staple.


May 23rd, 2012
8:58 am

Because ballpark food isn’t overpriced enough?


May 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

Good. Turner Field has the worst food in MLB. It is the same crap you can get at fast food places for five times the price. Even the restaurants there are laughably bad but I guess that is what you get for trying to cater to the “two tickets and two hotdogs for $20″ crowd.

benita wheeler

May 23rd, 2012
10:14 am

it sounds like a party….


May 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Sounds great to me but what about watching the ball game?

Jenny Turknett

May 23rd, 2012
10:28 am

1164mgc — Good question. Looks like the demos take place just before the game.

Braves Season Ticket Holder

May 23rd, 2012
10:34 am

I would patronize the Kevin Rathbun Steak concession stand each game at Turner Field, but Section 203 is the Club Level Section that doesn’t allow in anyone who doesn’t have a ticket for that specific section.

Too Bad, Kevin.

Typical Redneck

May 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

The Ted needs help with their food. How did I get a hot dog on OPENING night with a stale bun?

Braves Season Ticket Holder

May 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

Typical Redneck,

That hot dog bun you got was from the leftover inventory the ballpark concessionaires had ordered for the anticipated 2011 Postseason games that were obviously “cancelled” at the last possible moment with that last game of the regular season.


May 23rd, 2012
1:03 pm

Typical Redneck……there is no experation date on ballpark food. There is only one park that has sell-by dates. Wrigley Field. You must sell all food items before the first game of the World Series. There is some real old “red hots” at the Cubs games!

Typical Redneck

May 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Baltisraul, LOL.

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actual braves season ticket holder

May 24th, 2012
1:21 pm

@Braves Season Ticket Holder

Section 203 is not club level, as I’ve been there numerous time.

The 300s are the club level seating

Rapid Cash For Gold New York

May 27th, 2012
6:45 pm

I really love this dish! Do you think of this as your favorite, or is there something else you’d probably suggest?