A New Twist on Old Fan Favorites

Contest Challenges Students to Innovate Next Generation of Ballpark Food

Norfolk, VA – Baseball season is now underway, and there’s nothing better than a hot dog and a cold beverage while rooting for your team from the stands…or is there? 

Many of today’s fans are looking for a bit more from their ballpark food. That’s why the Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) is challenging its students to create some new types of stadium food and win scholarship money at the same time. 

The newest addition to the CIV Culinary Competition series, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” challenges teams of two to three students to formulate innovative fan food that will impress a panel of Hampton Roads sport professionals, including: 

  • Longtime Sports Executive and Voice of Hampton Roads Athletics Jack Ankerson
  • Norfolk Admirals Vice President of Community Affairs Brooke Cranor
  • Norfolk State University Head Baseball Coach Claudell E. Clark
  • Virginian-Pilot Sports Reporter Larry Rubama
  • Lake Taylor High School Athletic Director Robert Pannebacker 

The judging panel, which will also include local professional chefs, will evaluate each team’s entry on creativity, flavor profile, presentation, and the ability to eat with ease.  The top three teams will earn a total of $2,000 in scholarships, and as importantly, bragging rights amongst their peers.    

Contest finals will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Culinary Institute of Virginia, located at 2428 Almeda Avenue in Norfolk. Interested media may contact ECPI University Director of Marketing at 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu

About ECPI University 

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.                       

On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting,  Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Information Systems,  Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Development,  Database Programming, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit www.ecpi.edu



ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Thursday, April 13, 2017