The Ohio State University recently partnered up with Chicago-based Levy Restaurants to be its exclusive food and beverage partner, replacing long-time partner Sodexo.
Levy Restaurants was founded in Chicago in 1978, and is recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of America's fastest growing and most innovated companies in sports. The company oversees events such as the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, World Series, U.S. Open, the NBA and NHL All-Star Games, as well entertainment venues such as Disney World.
Venues around campus to feature a menu from Levy Restaurants includes Ohio Stadium, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Jerome Schottenstein Center, amongst others.
On Wednesday, members of the media had the pleasure of experiencing a tasting of the new menu. The event, which took place in the Huntington Club Level of Ohio Stadium, offered a preview of the concessions available to the general public, as well as those with seats in the club level.
Athletic Director Gene Smith was at the event, where he praised Levy's creative menu items, as well as their commitment to service products made right here in Ohio. Smith also noted that Ohio Stadium's previous claim of being waste free will only improve with their relationship with Levy, who's products are 100% compostable.
Starting this Saturday, those who attend a Buckeye sporting event will be treated to many delicious options around the stadium.
The revamped menu includes:
Buckeye O'wich - My personal favorite item is melted chocolate and peanut butter served between two french toast slices.
Veggie O'wich - Sundried tomato pesto, grilled vegetables on panini bread, served with hummus dip.
Port Carnitas Torta - Black beans, pickled onions, and rojo sauce on ciabatta bread.
Wild Forest Mushroom Torta - Wild mushrooms, goat cheese, black beans, arugula and rojo sauce.
Loaded Nachos - Chili, homemade cheese sauce, sour cream, diced onions, salsa, and jalapenos.
Heater Hot Dog - Topped with buffalo wing sauce and served with blue cheese slaw.
Chili Cheese Dog - The best chili dog I've ever had features chili, cheese, sour cream and diced onions.
The Big Brutus Pretzel - A two pound mammoth pretzel features three dipping sauces, including beer cheese, whole grain mustard, and cake icing.
Gluten-Free Chili, Hot Dogs and Nachos - A gluten free option is available for most menu items.
Ice Cream - Columbus' favorite ice cream will have a food truck on-site.
In the Huntington Club Level, the menu includes:
Smokin' Hot Chili - Slow braised ancho pork with spicy chili beans, charred onions, and smoking hot tomato sauces accompanied by cheddar cheese, fried onions and sour cream.
Smoked Barbeque Brisket Potato Skins - Slowed smoked brisket with crispy friend pork skin, cheddar cheese, monterrey jack, sliced pickle peppers, and green onions with a chipotle creme fraiche.
Fired Chicken Poboy Sandwiches - Served with cajun remoulade sauce, tomato, shaved iceburg, and red onion on a hoagie roll.
Grilled Footlong Beef Dogs - Assorted mustard, relish, onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Sweet and Sour Slaw - Crisp shaved cabbage tossed with vidalia onions and cider vinegar, finished with sea salt and parsley.
Smoked Baked Beans - Pinto beans placed in the smoker and finished with applewood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, honey, and molasses.
Buckeyes - Rich, creamy peanut butter, hand-dipped in chocolate.
Steak and Chicken Taco Cart - Queso fresco, fresh limes, avocado crema, housemade salsas with flour and corn tortillas, guacamole, and crispy tortilla chips.
Gluten Free Snack Basket - Gluten-free hot dogs, turkey and swiss sandwiches, nachos, popcorn, and pumpkin seeds.
The Huntington Club will also feature a special menu from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. The items served from these restaurants will change weekly.
Cap City Diner
Meatloaf - Served with a buttermilk mashed potatoes, chili onion rings, and BBQ gravy.
Mitchell's Ocean Club
Crab Cake -A signature appetizer, jumbo lump crab cake with sweet corn cream.
Cherry Crustade - Cherries with almond crumble.
Last, but certainly not least, this gigantic cart full of deserts will be roaming the hallways: