Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Oakland Coliseum to Serve Meat-Free Impossible Burgers

By Janelle Bitker
Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 5:02 PM

click to enlarge Impossible Burgers offer a plant-based alternative to beef. - JANELLE BITKER
  • Janelle Bitker
  • Impossible Burgers offer a plant-based alternative to beef.

Oakland A's fans can now order Impossible Burgers, vegan patties that look and taste remarkably like beef, on game days at the Coliseum.

The Coliseum is the first professional sports stadium to carry Impossible Burgers, which are manufactured in East Oakland just minutes from the ballpark. "What a perfect pairing," said Effie Speigler, the executive chef of Spectra Food Services & Hospitality, which manages the Coliseum's concessions.

Fans can order the burger at Concession Stand 123 or Shibe Park Tavern. Stand 123 will serve French onion sliders with caramelized balsamic onions, oil-cured tomatoes, and brie spread on brioche. Shibe, meanwhile, will offer a breakfast burger featuring a runny egg, ghost pepper cheese, bacon aioli, applewood-smoked bacon, and oil-cured tomatoes.

Speigler said adding Impossible to the selections speaks to Spectra's "wanting to be part of the future of food."

"We have ideas and visions to be doing other applications with this product," he continued. Spectra manages about 175 stadiums around the country, so the Oakland-made faux meat could have a much further reach very soon.

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