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Intelligencer Journal/New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
November 6, 2013 Wednesday
D; Pg. 1
692 words
Sideline Temptations;
Booster Clubs Reveal Their Best-Sellers At Food Stands
Claudia W. Esbenshade
Lancaster, PA

Staff Writer

cesbenshade@lnpnews.com

Food and sports go hand in hand. For some spectators, it's the food that makes the game-watching more enjoyable and they look forward to certain games in anticipation of getting a snack.

When it comes down to it, true sports fans know which stand has the best of what.

While there is the typical food-stand fare of hot dogs, burgers and fries, some stands have a specialty and stock up on this item when it's game time.

Neal Mease swears by the chicken tenders and fries, and the chicken corn soup served to Ephrata spectators at Ephrata War Memorial Stadium. Chicken tenders and fries are sold on Friday nights during high school football games; the soup is served at all high school, middle school and midget football games, as well as all high school baseball and basketball games, according to Mease.

The Ephrata High School food stand is run by the Ephrata War Memorial Association, volunteers who maintain not only the sports fields but also the war memorial located on the property, according to Mease.

Mease is the football booster club president, boys lacrosse booster club vice president, and a member of the Ephrata War Memorial Board. He pays close attention to the food at games.

"Being a former chef, and now working in the hospitality industry," Mease says, "it is a subject that I take notice to at almost every sporting event I have ever gone to."

Others notice too.

Nikki Rearich, secretary of the Ephrata Football Booster Club, swears by the "walking tacos" available at Conestoga Valley High School's stadium. While she says that she stopped eating red meat more than a year ago, she makes an exception for CV's walking taco at sporting events.

The combination of taco meat, Doritos, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream is a winning one, she says.

At CV, they offer the "perfect amounts of everything.

"It seems so simple, but other snack bars don't quite get it," Rearich says.

Doritos are the key, she adds.

"Some have used Fritos, not the same," Rearich says. "Some used barbecue meat. It's a taco, not a barbecue."

Penn Manor's food stand also stakes a claim on a good walking taco, according to field hockey coach Denise Gobrecht.

Penn Manor's field hockey booster club president Sue Suter says the stand has been serving $3 walking tacos since 2008 and the key to doing them correctly is the way that the taco is stacked in the Doritos bag.

"We smash the chips in the bag, cut off the top, then layer in the cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco meat," Suter says.

"We keep the meat hot and serve it out of Crock-Pots," she adds. "We also let customers pick and choose what they want in the bag."

Suter says that almost all of the Penn Manor school sports stands sell the walking tacos and fans have learned to look for them.

There are many stands that sell burgers, but there is one in particular that's favored by spectators in Mount Joy.

The Kunkle Burger, only available during baseball tournaments at Mount Joy's Kunkle Field, is a favorite of Brian Leid, father to baseball player Zach Leid. The Kunkle Burger is an 8-ounce burger topped with American cheese, a large slice of tomato and lettuce.

According to Leid, the burger is a big seller at the New Era Tournament every year.

"I'm not sure if it is the taste of the burger or the atmosphere of Kunkle Field that makes it so good," Leid says. "But the Kunkle Burger is something I look forward to every year."

The stand also sells deep-fried corn nuggets, a new addition this year.

Fans seek out the chicken corn soup at the Elizabethtown Borough Park food stand during midget football games. Run by the Elizabethtown Boys and Girls Club, the food stand sells its soup for $2 a bowl.

The chicken corn soup sold at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, which hosts senior sporting events, is also sought-after and, according to director Joyce Hardman, they "only use fresh corn that is picked from the field in the summer, blanched and frozen until it's soup-making time.

"That's what makes it so good," Hardman says.

The center sells the corn during senior events in the fall and will sell it by the cup, pint or quart, according to Hardman.

Brian Leid Photo The Kunkle Burger, Which Is Served During Baseball Tournaments At Mount Joy's Kunkle Field, Is A Favorite Among Spectators And Includes A Half-Pound Burger Topped With American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion And Mayonnaise.
Mdpalma Photography Dwight Pal
Neal Mease, President Of The Ephrata Football Booster Club, Boasts Of The Chicken Tenders And Fries Served At Ephrata War Memorial Stadium. Chicken Corn Soup Is A Favorite Among Spectators At Ephrata's High School, Middle School And Midget Football Games, According To Mease. The Soup Also Is Served During High School Baseball And Basketball Games.
Staff Manheim Central Fans Watch The School's Baseball Team Play Lampeter-Strasburg At The Ephrata War Memorial Field In This File Photo. Tell Us The Favorite Offerings There, @Lanclifestyle On Twitter. Dan Marschka
November 6, 2013

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