Premier Food and Beverage Program Continues to Set New Standard for Arena Concessions
Target Center becomes one of the nation’s first arenas with a plant stand at Wicked Kitchen
Minneapolis-St. Paul- Minnesota’s Timberwolves and Levy restaurants today announced their new food and beverage offerings at Target Center, along with returning favorites from the Timberwolves’ 2022-23 season. The industry-recognized program is led by Timberwolves and Lynx Executive Chef David Fhima in partnership with Levy Restaurants.
The arena concession and premium menus for the upcoming season will introduce fans to several new food options, including Wicked Kitchen and El Burrito Mercado, traditional fan favorites and a new premium wine program.
Over the past five seasons, Chef Fhima and Levy Restaurants have pioneered a new dining experience. Focused on a chef-centric approach, working with area BIPOC chefs and suppliers, and sourcing locally sourced ingredients, Chef Fhima and Levy have enhanced the fan experience by providing restaurant-quality food and drink. .
“Chef Fhima and Levy are incredible partners in creating one of the most innovative dining experiences for our fans,” said Ryan Tanke, COO of Timberwolves and Lynx. “The top-notch program we provide is part of the full matchday experience for every fan, no matter where you sit in the arena.”
“We are constantly evolving to make our program the best experience for everyone and pride ourselves on our industry-leading recognition,” said Chef Fhima. “We are excited to showcase the local cuisine and beverage options that our community grows and creates.”
“Each season is a build on the last and Target Center continues to be a place to experience the newest and most delicious dishes from the Twin Cities,” said John Hartnell, assistant director of operations for Levy Restaurants at Target Center. “We look forward to welcoming Timberwolves fans to another exciting season of Wolves basketball.”
Nasty Cooking (Item 126): the all-plant-based menu includes sandwiches and ice creams including: Grilled Chorizo Brat with Spicy Harissa Mayo, Sautéed Peppers and Onions, topped with Crispy Shredded Lettuce on a Sub-Roll; Jalapeño Gouda Burger with melted vegan Gouda cheese, crispy lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced onions, all covered in a creamy, tangy Wicked Burger Sauce; Meatball sub, drenched in Wicked’s famous Nana Red Sauce and topped with plant-based parmesan on a garlic butter sub roll. Ice cream varieties include: Berry White Stick – vanilla ice cream with a raspberry swirl dipped in white vegan chocolate; Chocolate & Almond Stick – vanilla ice cream with toasted almonds dipped in milk chocolate; Chocolate & Red Berry Cone – chocolate ice cream, berry sauce and chocolate chips in a gluten-free cone.
El Burrito Mercado (Item 111)St. Paul’s Pillar menu includes: the El Burrito Bowl, a traditional Mexican rice, Tex-Mex blend, sirloin steak, fiesta queso and creamy chipotle topping; The Quesadilla includes chicken, cheese, a Tex-Mex mix and a creamy chipotle filling; Chips & Dip Trio features queso fiesta and two salsas; drinks include the La Clasico Lime Margarita and the El Burrito Michelada.
Butcher and the boar (article 225): on the menu, the Butcher and the Boar Foot-long Hot Dog with chow chow (marinated condiment), julienne potatoes, picked fresno, mayo and yellow mustard; Hot Link sausage with salted red cabbage, Dijon mustard and ham on a bun; and Sausage-Cheddarwurst with pickled peppers and onions and Dijon mustard on a bun.
Bibigo/Schwan (section 118): Bibigo will bring its Korean-inspired flavors to Target Center later this season. Fans will find beef bulgogi mandu, mini chicken and cilantro wontons, and crispy Korean BBQ chicken. Bibigo is the flagship brand of CJ Foods, including Schwan’s.
Welsh wine: a new offer this season will include wine by the glass of Gallo and an improved wine list.
Still: “It’s not seltzer water!” The new premium canned distilled cocktail company originated in Stillwater, Minnesota and is available in Partymaker+ (Cranberry/Lime); Vibe Machine (Grapefruit); and Fuzz (Peach) varieties.
Fans will be delighted to see the return of many favorites including:
Soul Bowl (Item 106): The local favorite’s signature Klassic Caribe Bowl features coconut rice and beans, sweet fried plantain and spicy jerk chicken.
Fhima (article 126): Signature Spicy Chicken Lollipops and Wagyu Burger Sliders on brioche.
Parlor Burger (Item 113):North Loop Borough and Parlor’s famous double burger with American Swiss cheese on a brioche bun.
Tochos (article 109): tater tots topped with queso blanco, smoked beef brisket or pork and Arkansas barbecue sauce.
Philly Korean BBQ (items 136 / 204): thin slices of beef, queso blanco, gochujang aioli and Bulgogi BBQ sauce.
Tanduay Overhang Bar (Item 205): includes a Tanduay inspired frozen cocktail and the Tanduay New Fashion (Tanduay Gold Rum with cherry and bitters) and Tanduay Tropic Tease (Tanduay Silver Rum with a splash of pineapple and cranberry juice).
Fans can get a taste of new Target Center offerings when the Wolves host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the team’s home opener, brought to you by Aura.com on Wednesday, October 19 with a whistleblower at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Timberwolves.com/tickets or by calling 612-673-1234.