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Twins expand concessions at Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins, along with partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice, announced on Thursday the addition of new concessions available at Target Field for the 2013 season.

This year's additions feature several regional specialty foods highlighted by Mac's Fish and Chips of St. Paul, Minn., Sheboygan Sausage Co. of Alexandria, Minn., Panino's Baked Sandwiches of North Oaks, Minn., and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern's AZ Canteen of Minneapolis.

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"The Twins will continue to make food and beverage offerings a top priority to enhance the overall gameday experience at Target Field," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "The high quality products, local favorites and unparalleled selection have played a significant role in making Target Field one of America's greatest sports venues."

Several Target Field staples, including Kramarczuk's sausages, the Murray's Steak Sandwich, the Valentini's MegaMeatball, the El Burrito Mercado's Walk A Taco and Loon Café Chili, will be back this year.

Additionally, existing offerings from partners such as Pepsi, Schweigert, Barrel O' Fun, Caribou Coffee, Angie's Kettle Corn, Fisher Nuts, SuperMom's Mini Donuts, Leeann Chin, Country Hearth, Old Dutch, Killebrew Root Beer, Giant Snacks and B. Smith Olive Oil will return as well.

As far as new items go, AZ Canteen, which was started by Zimmern as a food truck at the Minnesota State Fair, will open up shop at Section 120. It's set to feature the Canteen Burger, which is a lamb/goat blend fully dressed with house-made chips, and other specialties from the food truck.

St. Paul's Mac's Fish and Chips will also be in the State Fair Stand in Section 133. The restaurant was created by former Minnesota North Star Tom McCarthy and features fresh battered walleye.

Another St. Paul-based restaurant, Panino's Baked Sandwiches, also will debut at Target Field. It will serve a Buffalo Chicken Panino -- made with chicken, celery, Swiss cheese and Panino's own Buffalo sauce -- and the Spaghetti PiePanino, which is stuffed with spaghetti noodles, meatball and mozzarella cheese and smothered in pasta sauce.

Target Field will also add to its sausage lineup with Sheboygan Sausage Co., which will offer Italian, Polish, bratwurst and cheddar bratwurst sausages at portable grill locations on the concourses.

There will also be a new Twins Territory Market in Section 112, which will feature healthier menu items for those with dietary needs or sensitive to food allergies.

The Food Network will also add new dishes with a trio of mac 'n cheese selections: Buffalo chicken, jalapeno poppers and Cajun Andouille using Kramarczuk's sausage.

Roots for the Home Team is also set to expand its service at Target Field in 2013 by bringing fresh, locally grown produce to the ballpark on Saturdays and Sundays starting June 1.

Papa John's Pizza will also make its debut at Target Field and will serve personal pizzas from Frankie V's locations.

On-site restaurants such as Hrbek's, Town Ball Tavern and the Metropolitan Club will also debut new menu items under the direction of chef Pastor Jimenez.

Hrbek's is slated to add items such as fish tacos, a homemade meatloaf sandwich, a flank steak salad and summer fiesta salad, while the Town Ball Tavern is adding a French dip sandwich, Summit beer-battered walleye fingers and a roasted apple and baby spinach salad. The Metropolitan Club will add sesame chicken bahn mi, a smoked turkey and brie sandwich, a wild mushroom and Swiss burger, a mozzarella a la Caprese salad, a BBQ jack burger and other selections.

On the beverage side, Target Field remains partners with Anheuser-Busch and also will feature local craft brews from Surly, Fulton, Summit, Finnegans and Schell's throughout the ballpark. At the 573 Bar, fans can enjoy beers from Fulton, Lift Bridge, Granite City and Cold Springs Brewery.

Target Field will also continue to serve locally-based 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey. It features the Big Ginger, which is a signature cocktail made of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, ginger ale, with lemon and lime garnish.

"Every season since Target Field opened in 2010, Sportservice has looked to see what we could do to offer fans even more variety and Minnesota flavor," said Pete Spike, general manager for Sportservice at Target Field. "So we're excited to bring in Andrew Zimmern, along with Mac's and Panino's, to go along with the other outstanding tastes of Twins Territory fans look for at the ballpark's concessions."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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