Blocks from the all-but finished Chase Center, servers wandered among guests Tuesday, showcasing beer, wine and the flavors soon to be consumed by the ton at the Warriors’ shiny new 18,064-seat basketball palace.
Featuring the prowess of Chase Center Culinary Director Mark Jeffers, Chief Operating Officer and Warriors President Rick Welts displayed the arena’s upcoming new alcohol and food menu at the Chase Center Experience.
Welts described the banquet of new meals and beverages that the new arena will boast once it opens this September:
“We found Bon Appétit, they have curated the amount of time, effort, energy and creativity that has gone into this program and it’s breathtaking. Part of what they created with the Warriors two years ago, is our tastemakers program. It’s probably one of the things we’re most proud of in the whole Chase Center program.”
Bon Appétit Chief Executive Officer Fedele Bauccio said his goal was to focus on local sources for ingredients:
“If you read anything about us, we’re a very highly sustainable company. I care a great deal about the farmers, the workers that are in the fields that harvest our agriculture, I care about animal welfare rights, all of those things are critical to us, so where we source food is important. Hopefully, you’ll get the message that the food that we’re sourcing, as much as we possibly source, is going to be coming from 100 miles of this arena.”
Moët Hennessy, Anheuser-Busch, Constellation Beer Brands Division, New Belgium Brewing, PepsiCo. and Peet’s Coffee are all going to be a part of the Chase Center’s beverage menu. Welts said brand partners illustrate the premium level of the Chase Center experience:
“Head-and-shoulders above what you could expect in an arena, head-and-shoulders above what’s being done in any other facility like this in the world. … Giving them an opportunity to have their products represented in what you’ll experience in Chase Center, it’s a real point of pride for us.”