It might not be a headline grabber, but the Rose Garden has been recognized as one of the most vegetarian friendly arenas in the NBA.
Mike Tokito of The Oregonian broke the story yesterday:
Well … release in my e-mail box says Peta has named Rose Garden the No. 6 most vegetarian-friendly arena in the NBA. Congrats?
— Mike Tokito (@mtokito) February 19, 2013
Here’s the official release from the team, which I didn’t get until just now:
ROSE GARDEN RANKS SIXTH AMONG BASKETBALL ARENAS FOR MOST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY FOOD
Portland arena named on PETA’s first-ever Top 10 list
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Rose Garden has been named the sixth most vegetarian-friendly basketball arena by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The Rose Garden is operated by Ovations Food Services, a nationally ranked specialist in food and beverage catering and concessions for public assembly facilities. The arena features more than 35 unique concession stands and kiosks, in addition to two full service restaurants.
In its top 10 list, PETA noted the variety of vegetarian options at the Rose Garden, including veggie burgers, vegan protein shakes, vegetable sandwiches, a broccoli stir-fry with rice or noodles, and granola with berries, bananas, and vegan protein powder at concession stands. PETA was also impressed by the stir-fried soy strips with pineapple and teriyaki sauce available in the suites.
“We have the good fortune to work with the Portland Trail Blazers in one of the trendiest cities in the U.S. in terms of food and beverage diversity,” said Tony Hendryx, Ovations’ Regional Vice President. “At the Rose Garden, we strive to write menus that serve the ever-changing needs of our clients. Our chef, Michael Pulscak, and his team are constantly updating and upgrading our menus in an effort to stay in touch with the vibrant food culture.”
Last month, the Rose Garden ranked fifth among the Top 15 Stadiums for Food according to The Daily Meal, an online guide that delivers food and beverage news and experiences from around the world.
If Portlandia has a sketch in season four that features Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein playing vegetarian concession stand consultants working with Rose Garden concessionaires to better provide for the non meat-eaters who also happen to be die hard Blazer fans, I believe Mr. Tokito is well within his rights to demand a story credit.