“Coming up with special menus is all part of Joe’s focus, to make the experience different. It’s how are we different from every other live event venue out there,” said Janet Smith, senior director of brand communications for the Hawks and Philips Arena. “That’s what he brings to the table in terms of his ingenuity.”
Schafer - who came to the arena this season after helming the kitchen at the acclaimed Bacchanalia -
has been progressive in his food decisions.
The Hawks' season opener in October made news because of one culinary offering –
roasted, dried crickets
, which were sold as a snack pack or on a taco.
Schafer said music fans can expect to see more “themed menu options” at upcoming shows.
“One of my goals as executive chef is to not only bring amazing quality and taste to our food, but to keep our in-house dining experience fresh and unpredictable,” he said. “That’s all a part of having a great night out.”
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