Atlanta Braves Offer Gluten-free Food Cart
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Mar 31 2010

Atlanta Braves Offer Gluten-free Food Cart

Photo courtesy of Aramark

At the very end of last of the MLB season last year, Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, introduced a gluten-free food cart. The problem was that since the team wasn’t doing that well at the time (Atlantans are VERY finicky sports fans) and there were only about ten games left, not many people were aware that the food cart existed. The few people that were lucky enough to check it out, raved about how great it was to have a gluten-free hotdog – with a bun – at a baseball game again! They had Redbridge gluten-free beer there as well.

It’s really exciting news that the gluten-free food cart will again be at Turner Field for the 2010 season! The menu will be similar to last year’s, offering chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers with gluten-free buns, several snacks and a gluten-free treat. The photo shown is from last year so the items offered this year may differ slightly from what is shown. As long as Redbridge is available from the local distributor, it will also be available at the park. Many people in this area are aware that Publix stores dropped Redbridge from their beer line up, but the store managers can order it in as a special request item for gluten-free shoppers. Anheiser-Busch continues to report that rumors about them discontinuing Redbrdidge are unfounded.

Redbridge can be purchased at the 100 and 200 level Taverns, the Chophouse, the 755 club,  in suites,  at club level bars and the gluten-free food cart. Aramark, the company that runs the concessions at Turner Field (and tons of other sports and entertainment venues worldwide), listened to their gluten-free fans and stepped up to the plate! Opening day at Turner Field is April 6th. Hopefully, gluten-free Braves fans will go out and support their hometown team and the gluten-free food cart soon! It’s located in section 106, which gluten-free fans might want to consider when purchasing their tickets. The stadium is quite large, after all.

Photo copyright Tiffany Janes

Interestingly, last year the prices for gluten-free items really were not that different from the gluten versions sold at the park. Redbridge beer was only $1 more than the same size gluten beers. That said, ball park prices are generally high anyway, which probably explains the relatively small price increase for gluten-free items. The people preparing the food for the gluten-free food cart are trained in cross contamination issues. The actual cart does not offer any gluten containing foods so there is no risk of problems there.

The Gwinnett Braves will also offer Redbridge again this year – and gluten-free buns at one hot dog stand! Fans can buy Redbridge inside Niekro’s restaurant, which is to the right as you enter the stadium. Most large sports stadiums in the U.S. will offer gluten-free beer at baseball games this year and many will offer gluten-free food choices as well. Check the website of the stadium near you to see what is offered in your area. Here is some information about many stadiums from last season.

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Tiffany is considered a gluten-free advocate as well as the most discriminating gluten-free diner around. Her goal is to help others learn that there is life after a celiac diagnosis. Gluten-free dining and travel are two of her favorite things to do. Tiffany is a contributing writer and the Advertising Manager at "Delight gluten free" magazine. Check out her local blog, Gluten-Free Atlanta, for tips and tricks about living gluten-free in the ATL! Follow Tiffany on Twitter!

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  • http://glutenfreeislife.com/ Kimberly Bouldin

    How awesome!!! I wish they did that here in Columbus!

  • http://twitter.com/GFmuse Heather Muse

    I’m so glad to read that they’re going to continue running this stand! I did worry that the weak attendance at the end of last year might have tainted the results of the experiment. Thanks for the information! I’ll look for it this weekend.

  • http://adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com Heidi Kelly

    You know what is odd about Redbridge? Back in November when my husband went to buy a 6-pack, the liquor store manager said that New Mexico’s “Premier Distributing” would no longer be carrying it as of December. When that didn’t happen, i thought it was a misunderstanding.

    Mike went to a different store last week and the Premier Distributing delivery guy happened to be there and he told Mike to enjoy the beer he bought because it would no longer be available in New Mexico!

    Repeated emails I have sent to Premier Distributing have gone unanswered, so I am starting to wonder what is going on with Redbridge after reading this article?

  • http://www.glutenfreepromotions.com Tiffany Janes

    Cool Heather! Let us know what you think of the gf offerings after you check it out. We’re going to a G Braves game up here soon. We LOVE the smaller park – easy (cheap!) parking and a third of the time to get there and back! We also love going to TF but it’s a hike from here so we usually only go a few times a year.

    There was a rumor going around that Redbridge was discontinued, but the company continues to state it’s not true. The distributor here stated in Feb. they will still offer it in the Atlanta market. Kroger said they still carry it but I don’t shop there so I didn’t confirm. When I finally asked to speak to the manager of my Publix, he told me that no Publix stores (in 10 states) would stock Redbridge, but if people want it they can request the manager order it in just for them (as long as the dist. carries it). AB is now owned by a company in Belgium. They are cutting costs in several areas and if Redbridge isn’t making enough money for them, it is totally understandable that it would be cut from the line up. I think the beer is horrid but many people love it and for that reason, I hope they continue to make the beer. Also, as Heidi mentioned, distributors for the beer can stop ordering it, even if AB keeps making it. It’s about numbers and I’m not sure the gf beer market is big enough for a large company like AB. That’s why I love supporting Bard’s Tale. They are a smaller company and smaller is almost always better in my book, when it comes to businesses.

    Kim – if your park is run by Aramark or Levy, they should be offering Redbridge and some gf foods this year.

  • http://glutenfreeislife.com Kim

    Thanks Tiffany – sadly, they aren’t run by either Aramark or Levy. :(

  • John @ Wise Finish

    This is great – I would really like to see this expanded to more teams! It looks like the New York Mets are going to roll out gluten free food as well as part of their hosting of the 2010 MLB All-Star game.

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