FLUSHING, N.Y. (July 9, 2013) - When Major League Baseball's All-Stars descend upon the Big Apple for the 84th Mid-Summer Classic on July 14-16, ARAMARK - the exclusive food and beverage partner of Citi Field and 10 other Major League Baseball teams - will honor its own All-Star line-up, inviting the best in-seat vendors from hometown ballparks across the country to serve fans during one of baseball's biggest nights.
Mark Petitt, selected as Kauffman Stadium's All-Star vendor honoree, is the hallmark of service with a smile. For 23 years, Petitt has been a staple at Kauffman Stadium, creating great first time experiences for new fans and consistently great service for his regulars.
Petitt joins 10 other All-Star vendors to represent each of ARAMARK's 11 ballparks as All-Star Vendor honorees. The All-Star hawkers - who will help vend the 37,000 hot dogs, 7,800 bags of peanuts and 13,700 soft pretzels ARAMARK expects to serve during the Mid-Summer Classic - have been awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City and will work the stands during the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game on July 15 and 16.
The All-Stars, including Petitt, will also lead a "Vendors in Training" event for 100 children at the Queens Community House in Flushing, an ARAMARK Building Community partner that provides individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities.
"Our ARAMARK All-Star vendors truly understand what it means to create an unforgettable experience for fans at each of our ballparks," said Marc Bruno, President of ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment. "These employees dedicate themselves each and every game to putting their best foot forward, and ARAMARK is proud to honor them for their work during one of baseball's most important nights."
This year's All-Star vendors will be among the 2,500 ARAMARK employees who will work daily to source, prep and serve food and beverages throughout the Mid-Summer Classic events held at Citi Field.
The 2013 ARAMARK All-Star Vendors include:
- Mark Dunn, Angel Stadium (20 years)
- Bobby Lee, Citi Field (35 years)
- Ted Schoening, Citizens Bank Park (7 years)
- Howard Greer, Coors Field (19 years)
- Michael Walsh, Fenway Park (11 years)
- Mark Petitt, Kauffman Stadium (23 years)
- Robert Herrera, Minute Maid Park (11 years)
- David Whitworth, O.Co Coliseum (16 years)
- Bobby Faloon, PNC Park (46 years)
- Luis Fernandes, Rogers Centre (16 years)
- Greg Thompson, Turner Field (6 years)
Additional information about ARAMARK's 2013 All-Star Game menus and programs is available at www.ballparkfoods.com.
ARAMARK partners with 13 Major League Baseball teams to provide food and beverage, retail and/or facilities services -- Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays.
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