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Fresh, Local and Sustainable: FUEL by SAVOR U at Baylor University's Brand New McLane Stadium

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WACO, Texas, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Baylor University's new football stadium makes its debut in late August, not only will the views and football be fabulous, so will the food. Baylor University Athletics chose FUEL by SAVOR U as its official foodservice provider for the new football stadium and other on-campus athletic venues. The university division of SAVOR…, SAVOR U, was selected for its fresh ideas and a commitment to sustainable operations that embrace local traditions, flavors and purveyors. FUEL by SAVOR U represents the (F) freshest, best-tasting, authentic FOODS, (U) an expanded UNIVERSITY experience, (E) added ENERGY to each experience, and (L) LOCAL flavors added to menus.

Great Food with Texas-sized Flavor

Each of the 27 McLane Stadium concession locations started from scratch with a "blank paper design" approach and the goal of creating unique menu items to appeal to local tastes and elicit a "Wow, that was good" response from guests. The results? A big as Texas menu with constantly changing offerings that follow the wild Texas weather where football season starts with 100+ temperatures and ends with freezing temps like last December's Baylor and Texas game.

Every SAVOR U operation is unique to its location with a culinary team focused on creating a menu that combines local favorites with fresh concepts for a one-of-a-kind menu. McLane Stadium food operations include:

  • 12 FUEL locations (delivering a hospitality experience beyond providing food and beverage) serving jalapeno relish topped Touchdown Dogs and a vegetarian chipotle sausage wrap and smoked in house Brisket Sliders
  • 2 Creoles locations featuring Cajun specialties with a Texas flair like catfish & shrimp po boys, Cajun fried burger bites and bacon wrapped onion rings with sriracha dipping sauce
  • 4 Char-BQ locations featuring authentic Texas beef brisket, pulled pork and specialty sausages smoked in house in a stadium smoker
  • 7 Eat Street Grill locations serving all American offerings with a taste of Texas that includes a chicken fried steak basket and bleu buffalo chicken sandwich
  • 2 Bistro Texana locations in a unique interpretation of what would happen if Texas annexed Italy complete with  a Lonestar meatball sandwich that combines smoky chipotle tomato sauce with provolone atop mouthwatering meatballs and The Texana Dog, a quarter pound all beef dog, wrapped in bacon and slow smoked.

ESPN shared in the excitement for the menu lineup at Baylor University's new stadium in an article on August 14 highlighting the bests of the coming season: [Four is the magic number for CFB ] "Smoked 'n' Fried Bacon Rings -- Baylor's new concession menu will include these salty delectable bites: thick-cut onion rings dipped in Sriracha and wrapped in bacon, smoked for an hour and then deep-fried."

Local Business is Good Business (and it Tastes Amazing Too)

Award-winning pickles and relishes from Pat Hunn's Private Stock run by Baylor grad Pat Hunn (class of 2002) and Waco Custom Meats & Seafood Inc. (a full service beef, chicken, pork, turkey, and seafood company that also carries many other provisions such as cheeses, quail and even alligator) are just a few of the uniquely Waco items that will be available. As part of their business model, the FUEL by SAVOR U team seeks out local purveyors and artisans to complement the FUEL by SAVOR U menu to add a truly local flavor to the delight of alumni and students looking for a memorable game day experience. 

Environmentally Sustainable Operations

In addition to its mission to provide amazing food and customer service, FUEL by SAVOR U  also takes very seriously its commitment to environmental sustainability and to working with local purveyors and small businesses. A leader in event venue sustainability efforts, SAVOR U has sourced compostable service wares for its food offerings, facilities in place to recycle all cardboard and partnered with the local Waco food bank to assure that nothing goes to waste. 

SAVOR U is a division within SAVOR… Catering, Concessions, Special Events, a wholly owned company of SMG, the largest public facilities management company in the world.  The SAVOR U Team understands the excitement of university athletics, the power of the brand, and together we have the game plan to have explosive growth through… Food, University, Energy, and Local.   FUEL is our Athletic Department Brand which when partnered with SAVOR U will deliver a hospitality experience beyond providing food and beverage.

SMG

Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities worldwide, including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, convention, congress and exhibition centers, science centers and a variety of other venues. Across the globe, SMG manages more than 14 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.75 million arena and theatre seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering division of SAVOR, currently serving more than 1,120 accounts worldwide. www.smgworld.com.

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