An annual tradition here in the land of the Biz Blog — or Bizbloglandia, as some have taken to calling it — is to dedicate a post to the Charleston RiverDogs’ latest food offerings. And for good reason! In recent years, the RiverDogs have graced us with Beer Shakes, the Homewrecker Hot Dog, the Pickle Dog , the Pig on a Stick, Pimento Pickle Burgers, duck and venison sausages and much, much more.
The team’s culinary landscape is overseen by John “Schu” Schumacher, food and beverage director of the Goldklang Group (of which the RiverDogs are a part). Schu, in conjunction with his Charleston compatriots Josh Shea and Jay Weekley, have created the following new concession items for 2015. I’ll let Schu, whose text is magically italicized, take it from here:
Josh, Jay and the crew worked especially hard over the off-season to come up with some incredible new menu items and hopefully some popular jaw-droppers. In no particular order:
Brisket Ramen Bowl:
Ramen noodles sautéed with an orange teriyaki glaze, julienned snow peas, carrot ribbons & green onions. Topped with sliced smoked brisket and a hardboiled egg.
Turkey Wings and Pork Rind Basket
Two slow smoked 1/2 pound turkey wings with a blackberry sage BBQ sauce served over in-house cooked pork rinds.
We are especially excited about these two items:
Chicken N Waffles:
Chicken tenders stacked between a Belgian waffle and drizzled with a smoked honey and Sriracha glaze.
A Knot to Remember:
A giant 24 ounce soft pretzel served in a pizza box with marinara, garlic butter and cheese sauce for dipping.
Meanwhile, for vegetarians with an appetite…
Summer Harvest Salad (feeds 2-3 people):
An entire hydroponic butter leaf lettuce head stuffed with a buttery quinoa mixture. The mixture includes grape tomatoes, edamame, fresh herbs and carrots. Topped with sprouts, sunflower seeds and a creamy avocado dressing. All served in a replica baseball helmet.
Shock Top Creamsicle Beer Shake
Shock Top beer blended with vanilla ice cream, OJ and orange flavored simple syrup.
While pictures are not yet available, Schu would also like to let it be known that these three items will be served as well:
Low Country Taco: Smoked pulled pork, slow cooked collards, and mac n cheese layered into a flour tortilla and topped with a Memphis style BBQ sauce.
Southern Kimchi Dog: Collard greens, kimchi and sweet piquante peppers tossed in soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Piled on top of a Hebrew National hot dog and finished with a garlic Sriracha sauce.
Chocolate Covered Pepper Bacon
When it comes to chocolate-covered pepper bacon, it seems that no explanation is necessary.
Thanks, as always, to Schu for providing me — and by extension, you — with another batch of delectable food information and pictures. Schu make the world a better place.
In other news, my first road trip of the season is imminent. If you’ll be at one of the following locations, or have recommendations regarding who I should talk to at the ballpark, or suggestions regarding what I should check out in the general area, or anything else at all, then please get in touch.
April 11: Bradenton Marauders
April 12: Tampa Yankees
April 13: Dunedin Blue Jays
April 14: Jupiter Hammerheads
April 15: Jackie Robinson Game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach
April 16: St. Lucie Mets
April 17: Brevard County Manatees
April 18: Jacksonville Suns