Get a taste of what to expect from Philips Arena’s new courtside cuisine

Rack of lamb with chimichurri will be one of the offerings at the new Courtside Club at Philips Arena during Atlanta Hawks games. It is one of six clubs at the arena, all of which will open in time for the fall season. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL
Rack of lamb with chimichurri will be one of the offerings at the new Courtside Club at Philips Arena during Atlanta Hawks games. It is one of six clubs at the arena, all of which will open in time for the fall season. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL

Chef Joe Schafer discusses new food and beverage offerings for the Courtside Club at Philips Arena. Additional changes, including revamped concessions, will occur in time for the start of the Atlanta Hawks’ 2018-19 season. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL
Chef Joe Schafer discusses new food and beverage offerings for the Courtside Club at Philips Arena. Additional changes, including revamped concessions, will occur in time for the start of the Atlanta Hawks’ 2018-19 season. CHRIS HUNT / SPECIAL

On Feb. 7, the Hawks unveiled the first of Schafer’s handiwork to culinary operations at Philips Arena. The fixings –fancy proteins like rack of lamb with chimichurri and crispy duck confit a l’orange and vegetables such as bok choy with crispy garlic and roasted butternut squash with a sherry gastrique – were clearly concoctions from the mind of a chef.

"We wanted to bring fine dining and entertainment together," said Hawks CEO Steve Koonin about the improved food and beverage experience that is part of a $192.5 million transformation of the 18-year-old venue that will be completed in time for the team's 2018-19 season.

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