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Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner Recap

Another year, another tasty Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner! Back at Martin Dining Hall after being held at Garden Commons a year ago, our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner is a fun baseball-themed special dinner, and one of our favorites to host. Featuring a menu straight from the ballpark, this year was another fun addition to this spring tradition!

Students from across campus joined us at Martin Dining Hall for a menu featuring authentic stadium fare like soft pretzels, boneless wings, mini corn dogs, mozzarella sticks, nachos, popcorn and more. There was a burger and hot dog bar (and brats), where guests could stack their stadium eats with their favorite toppings, or guests could opt for pulled pork, fresh from The Q. Items like pita chips and hummus, grilled chicken, black bean burgers and more offered tasty alternatives to the traditional ballpark staples. Of course, ice cream, cookies and cupcakes were on the menu for dessert as well!

We hope everyone enjoyed our baseball celebration, and the special menu, as much as we enjoyed hosting it! Check out our Facebook album for more photos from the dinner and keep tabs on our upcoming special events on social media (Hint: a similar menu will be served at Bell Tower very soon)!


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Baseball and Food: A Love Story

With all the crazy new food innovations happening in ballparks across America, it’s easy to wonder how it all started. Today, ballpark menus can span a wide range of flavors and types of food, but hot dogs have always been a staple of the baseball experience. While the exact origin of the hot dog itself is unclear, one of the most famous tales is that of Charles Feltman.

This butcher of German ancestry started a cart in Coney Island in 1867 from which he sold hot sausages on rolls. Soon the cart expanded into a big business. Then, according to History.com, a bread slicer at Feltman’s started his own stand in 1916, selling hot dogs for half the price. The bread-slicer’s name was Nathan Handwerker, the namesake for Nathan’s Famous hot dog brand sold in many ballparks across the country.

The earliest account of baseball and hot dogs becoming a pair tracks back to 1892 when Chris Von der Ahe began selling the treat at his ballpark in St. Louis. The peak season for hot dog consumption takes place from Memorial Day to Labor Day during which time Americans consume approximately seven billion hot dogs (yes, billion). While some of this consumption can be attributed to cookouts and other summer fun, at least 30 million hot dog sales each year can be attributed to ballpark concession stands.

As for snacks, each MLB team sells around 70,000 bags of peanuts each season. While peanuts were originally a snack of the lower class, they became a popular energy source for soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. After the war, their popularity only grew and they soon tagged along in the pockets of attendees of America’s Favorite Pastime. Discarded peanut shells quickly littered ballparks nationwide. Now, many fans can’t attend a game without a pouch of peanuts on their person.

As the song goes, “buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,” but where did this iconic treat come from? This popcorn-based delicacy was introduced by Frederick and Louis Rueckheim at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. In 1896, the creation received it’s current name of Cracker Jack, which at the time meant something was awesome. A decade later, the baseball game favorite was included in Jack Norworth And Albert Von Tilzer’s song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. According to history.com, the first Cracker Jack box prize appeared in 1912 and more than 23 billion tiny treasures have been distributed to this day.

If you’re favorite part of any baseball game is the food, you’re in good company. Today, concessions companies compete to outdo each other with the most outrageous creations. This season, MLB fans can keep an eye out for such offerings as the “Burgerizza” which, according to theweek.com, is a 20-ounce bacon cheeseburger with two personal pizzas as the buns.

Fans of the Atlanta Braves can look forward to a “Hot Dog Sundae” while Ranger’s fans can look out for the “Sweet Spot Cotton Candy Dog” — a hot dog topped with cotton candy.

Hungry yet? Join us at Martin Dining Hall on April 12 from 5-8pm for our Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner. The menu will feature a hot dog bar, with your choice of toppings, and many more tasty food straight from the ballpark! Share your favorite with us!


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On Deck: Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner

Baseball season is now in full-swing and that means it’s time for our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner! Our baseball-themed dining event has been a staple of our spring events for years, featuring food straight from the ballpark. This year will also be the return of Seventh Inning Stretch to Martin Dining Hall after Martin closed for renovations last school year, so mark your calendars and get ready for an exciting, delicious event!


Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner

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April 12, 2017 Martin Dining Hall 5-8pm

The dinner is Wednesday, April 12 from 5-8pm at Martin Dining Hall. The menu is set to feature authentic stadium fare with snacks like soft pretzels, boneless wings, mini corn dogs, mozzarella sticks, nachos and popcorn. The main course offerings are highlighted by items like a hot dog bar, burger bar and BBQ pulled pork from The Q and more. And of course, it wouldn’t be a day at the ballpark without some ice cream, cookies and cupcakes for dessert, or some fresh squeezed lemonade to drink!

If you hot dogs, burgers and pizza aren’t your thing, there are some delicious alternative options like pita chips and hummus, grilled chicken, black bean burgers and more. Check out the full menu below.

We look forward to seeing you on April 12 at Martin Dining Hall for our annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner!

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Recapping Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner

Another year, another tasty Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner! With baseball season now in full-swing, it was only a matter of time before that glorious ballpark food pulled itself to the front of our minds. On cue, the sun came out Tuesday, just in time for our Annual baseball-themed Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner!

Students from across campus came to Garden Commons to get their hands on a menu featuring items straight from the ballpark like corn dogs, soft pretzels, nachos, waffle fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and even Cracker Jacks. There was a hot dog bar, serving hot dogs, brats and metts, with additional assorted toppings. Pizza and sandwiches like Montgomery Inn Pulled Pork, spicy chicken and a hamburger bar offered students a delicious array of dinner options. That didn’t even include dessert, which was an ice cream bar with a choice of toppings, red velvet cupcakes, Babe Ruth bars and cookies.

Guests had the opportunity to enter our Cincinnati Reds Tickets Raffle, test their mettle with some baseball trivia, or interact with representatives from Mountain Dew Kickstart and Red Bull (both products are available across campus). Towards the end of the dinner, guests had the opportunity to go from eating ballpark food to watching baseball at the ballpark just down the street with Miami baseball hosting Xavier in the Joe Nuxhall Classic.

We want to thank the Miami baseball team for loaning us baseballs to use in our decorations, the Miami softball team for the jerseys they so graciously let us borrow so we could look the part and the Miami athletic department for setting us up with RedHawks hats! Thank you!

Make sure you’re following MiamiUDining on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, so you can keep tabs on all the upcoming special events, such as this! We’ll see you at next week’s (Tuesday, April 19) Picnic on the Patio at Bell Tower from 4-7:30pm!

 

How well do you know the MLB mascots?

It’s opening day for Major League Baseball and, perhaps even more exciting (we love food, ok?), our Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner at Garden Commons is just around the corner! You’ve already seen the menu and read about some of the exciting giveaways, events and guests we have on the docket for April 12th from 5-8pm, but alas, here’s another fun way to get into the baseball spirit!

We invite you to take our Seventh Inning Stretch Baseball Quiz below and find out, once and for all, how well you know the MLB mascots! Share this with a friend, see who is the most knowledgeable about those goofy icons and join us at Garden Commons on Tuesday, April 12th from 5-8pm for Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner!

(Also, check out our Zombie Dinner at Harris on April 5th)

 

Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner: Details and Menu

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Don’t look now, but the end of spring semester is fast approaching, so how about a dinner taken straight from the ballpark! Mark your calendars and join us for our Annual Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 5-8pm at Garden Commons!

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In years past, we have offered the “gameday experience” with the ballpark-inspired menu, but this year, we have a variety of activities, events and guests that you will definitely need to come and enjoy!

First off, we will have different giveaways and handouts that will be available to those who attend our Seventh Inning Stretch Dinner, including a raffle for Cincinnati Reds tickets! We will have different groups and organizations in attendance, whether school groups, or local sports groups. Not to mention, the Miami RedHawks baseball team will be in action on the 12th as a part of the Joe Nuxhall Classic where Miami (OH), Cincinnati, Xavier and Wright State compete in a two-day tournament to determine the top team in southern Ohio*!

Needless to say, if you like sports, food, or both, this is the dinner for you!

Joe Nuxhall Classic Schedule (April 12): 3:00pm – Cincinnati vs. Wright State & 7:00pm – Miami (OH) vs. Xavier

So, come join us at Garden Commons on April 12, enjoy some delicious food (see menu below), watch some great baseball and enjoy this “seventh inning stretch” before we get into the final innings of spring semester!

* – at least when the Cincinnati Reds are out of town

Menu

We have corndogs, hot dogs, pizza and a variety of gameday sandwiches! What more could you want???

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Uhh... don't eat the baseballs...

Uhh… don’t eat baseballs…