Concession stands satisfy spectators' appetites and help schools and high school athletic programs raise revenue to support their activities. Football games are played in the fall, so hot food and drinks may be preferable at chilly night games. Post a menu of the available items and prices so customers can make their decision before they order. Pick foods that can be assembled quickly, because the concession stand may get busy throughout the game and during halftime. Food options may be limited by the amount of space in the concession stand and the type of kitchen appliances available.
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Snacks such as hot dogs and popcorn are concession-stand classics, and they require little prep work or monitoring. Hot dogs should be heated thoroughly before serving, even though they are precooked, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Use a slow cooker filled with 1/2 cup of water to keep the hot dogs hot throughout the game; add more water as needed. Remember to put out ketchup, mustard and relish so customers can add condiments to their hot dogs.
Pop the first batch of popcorn using a popcorn machine or a hot-air popper and pre-fill bags or boxes with popcorn before opening to save time. Make nachos using tortilla chips, nacho cheese and canned chilli. Also, use the chilli to make chilli fries if you have access to a fryer to make french fries. Also use slow cookers to keep toppings warm throughout the game. Make special sandwiches such as Philly cheesesteaks or barbecued beef, but wrap them in aluminium foil and store in a electric roaster so you can quickly fill orders. Advertise special items to garner interest throughout the game.
Treats such as shaved ice, ice cream or snow cones are useful for football games in early fall or in warmer climates. Use prepackaged frozen treats instead of hand-dipped ice cream cones to save time. Pickles, fresh fruit and sliced vegetables are alternative snacks for health-conscious or vegetarian customers. To serve these items, the concession stand must have a refrigerator or freezer. Check with the school or athletic association for guidelines regarding concession stands and food storage.
Snacks and Sweets
Have a variety of candy available for customers and stock peanuts, crisps and sunflower seeds for salty snack options. Keep an assortment of snacks on display or post a list of the snacks so customers know the varieties available. These items will also be easy for food hawkers to sell in the stands.
Keep an assortment of bottled water, soda pop and sports drinks available. Make large pots of coffee, tea or hot chocolate for chilly night games. Set up recycling and trash bins around the concession stand and near the stands for empty bottles and other garbage.
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