After making a number of phone calls to Aramark, I was finally put through to someone who is involved with Concessions. I spoke with a David Litman. I told him about our discussion here and asked him why he didn't use the better Hatfield dog. He replied that they sampled a number of Hatfield dogs including the natural casing beef frank that I consider head and shoulders above their other dogs. It was determined by them that this particular dog didn't go well with the bread and that the regular beef frank went better with the toppings. I didn't get a chance to have him go into detail as he was pressed for time and I missed his earlier call.
He did say that they thought a skinless dog went better with the toppings offerred. Again, I'm not sure that I understand, except to say that I prefer a skinless dog with an Italian Hot Dog because there is so much other stuff going on that the snap sort of interferes with the synergy. If that makes any sense. But I stressed that many people feel the actual frankfurter is more important than the toppings and gave examples of the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, and other teams upgrading their brand of hot dog. He was aware of this; especially the Red Sox changing suppliers.
I was informed that the Aramark team was more concerned with the toppings than the actual frank. Mr. Litman was very cordial, and when I told him that Aramark has it backwards, he said that he could understand how people who are true hot dog enthusiasts could feel that way, but that most people don't. I wanted to bring up the point that Foodbme did, that if they made the effort to introduce a quality dog, they could (and no doubt would) change people's perceptions since they would have to try the better dog if it was the only one offered. I will mention this next time I speak with him.
There may be good news. Mr. Litman told me that there are 2 Hatfield Carts at Citizens Bank Park that serve a natural casing Hatfield beef frank. The big question is, are these the premium Hatfield beef dogs that are available in N.J., or is it the same lousy Philly frank put in a casing? Mr. Litman said he would check with Hatfield and get back to me. I also requested that he find out the locations of these two carts. It was at this point that he had to end our conversation. It was right at the time when I wanted to bring up the subject of changing people's perceptions by offering the better dog.
I'm glad that I was able to speak to someone at Aramark and will relay any further info.