Needless to say, I had a blast. And it was especially nice to met both Scott Andes and Oscar Martinez from the LA Dodger Report.
As for the luncheon let's start with the promos. (See the complete promo schedule here) Featured above and directly below are three of the ten bobbles the team is giving out this season. Above is the Corey Seager "ROY & Silver Slugger" bobblehead and below are the Joc Pederson and Kenley Jansen bobbleheads.
The best item of all was the ceremonial mic honoring Vin Scully. On Monday, May 3rd the Dodgers will hold a special "Ring of Honor Ceremony" in honor of Vin Scully, and 40,000 fans in attendance will get the below promo. It's just one of a long line of great must-have memorabilia items that feature our Hall of Fame broadcaster.
One item they could not show us however, was the replica Jackie Robinson statue that they'll be giving away to fans on Jackie Robinson Day, Saturday, April 15th. As Janet Marie Smith -- Dodgers senior vice president of planning and development -- explained, they could not let us see the replica statue until the day the real statue at the stadium is revealed. She was able to share though, that the real statue would be made of bronze on a granite base, and would include numerous notable Robinson quotes around the base. Furthermore, the statue will be situated on the reserve level outside of the entrance gates -- reasoning that this part of stadium would come into contact with the most number of fans coming into a game. BTW, they also let us know that they've petitioned and received approval to have every future Jackie Robinson Day game be a home game for us.
Other stadium giveaways on display was the chips & salsa dish and bluetooth speaker (see them below).
Also on display were several of their ticket package promotional items; including the below Hello Kitty Dodgers-branded t-shirt.
Below are school branded caps for USC, UCLA and Cal State Long Beach.
And here are several of the t-shirt ticket package giveaways.
And here are branded caps for the LA Kings and Jewish Community Night.
Now lets get to why I was really here... The food!
Dodgers Executive Chef Ryan Evans came out and introduced us to several new items available at Dodger Stadium.
This season will see the introduction of their BaseBowls. There will be a Teriyaki Chicken, Vietnamese Rice Noodle, Kalua Pork and Poke Bowls. The last of which was available for us to taste. The Poke Bowl includes fresh Ahi Tuna over rice with vegetables, wakame and ponzu sauce. This was easily the best item they shared with us. See a pic of it on the bottom right. To its left is a new Dodger Burger that includes 1/3 lbs of Angus beef topped with a Dodger Dog, caramelized onions, Budweiser BBQ sauce and beer battered jalapeno's.
And you can't be in LA without this staple on your menu. Featured below is their Extreme Bacon Wrapped Hotdog -- just like the dogs vendors sell in downtown.
Other new menu items include various tatter-tot inspired creations. There's a Chili Cheese Tots dish (on the bottom left) and an Loaded Tots dish with fresh garlic, oil and parmesan cheese (on the bottom right).
Although I didn't have a chance to eat everything I did enjoy the opportunity to try things out. As for the luncheon things ended quickly once us bloggers were let loose in the cafeteria. Food was gone in a flash, and soon we were directed to tour the stadium. I'll have a post up about that experience soon. So stay tuned.
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