Gourmet grilled cheese and mac and cheese among new food options at Cobo
Centerplate, the food services provider for Cobo Center, has added several new food options for the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Detroit auto show.
“In addition to what we’ve had in the past, we are providing more variety from healthy food options to trendy items like grilled cheese and mac and cheese,” said Jason Hougard, regional vice president of operations for Centerplate. “We are bringing it to the auto show this year for the 800,000 that will be coming through the door.
The Gourmet Food Court moves to Ballroom A area. Previously, the food court was in the lower level at Hall E. Hougard said moving to Ballroom A means better access for showgoers.
At the Gourmet Food Court, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the newest concepts from Centerplate. The sandwiches, $9 each, are made using locally sourced cheeses and served on local sourdough bread. Several options are offered. There’s the Cheese Curd and Bacon that includews local house-made cheese curds and farmer cheese, bacon and house-made caramelized onion jam. Other options are a meat loaf grilled cheese with grass-fed beef, tomato, sauce, Monterey Jack cheese and caramelized onions.
Fans of vegetarian fare can try the Mac and Cheese, which has an assortment of local cheeses, poblano chiles, red pepper, corn and red onion. And if cheese is what you’re really after, there’s the four-cheese grilled cheese with a combination of smoked provolone, Gruyere and pepper jack. All sandwiches are garnished with deep-fried pickle chips.
Another new specialty from Centerplate is Baked Mac and Cheese made with Zingerman’s cheeses. The base is a four-cheese Mac and Cheese for $10. Toppings and garnishes to add include buffalo chicken, broccoli, lobster, blackened shrimp and bacon.
Looking for dessert? You can grab a sweet glazed doughnut for $5. But these are no ordinary doughnuts. They’re cut in half and served with custom fillings. There’s the Nutty Banana with Nutella, peanut butter, banana, pretzel bits and powdered sugar. Craving that campfire treat? There’s a s’mores version with marshmallow, chocolate sauce and graham cracker chunks. Even sweeter is a strawberry doughnut made with cream cheese, strawberry jam, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Within the food court, you’ll also find Andiamo Pizza Pie. Centerplate partnered with the local restaurant chain to provide gourmet pizza, pasta, Italian sausage hoagies and meatball hoagies.
Also new is Rock City Fresh, where you can grab cold sandwiches, snacks, soups and salads.
New to the main level concourse is the Sausage Haus with specialty sausage and hot dogs from Dearborn Sausage as well as pretzels. On the main level and about in the middle of the concourse, there’s Centerplates Go Natural with a concept of fresh, healthy, fast. There are grab-and-go muffins, yogurt, coffee, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and salads.
The Detroit Made Market (formerly known as the food court) continues with its theme of providing pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs with locally sourced ingredients. Here, you can build your own salad for $11, opt for a sandwich with Dearborn Sausage meats and Zingerman’s cheeses or try one of the burgers made with grass-fed beef and topped with Zingerman’s cheddar cheese. The standard cheeseburger is $12, and the Motown burger with Applewood bacon, Zingerman’s cheese, barbecue sauce and crispy onion straws is $13. Both burgers come with fries as does the grilled chicken sandwich, which is $13.
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