Fitness, Food, Wine & Travel

Being Paleo at the Ballpark

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Special guest wine excerpt by the BF aka RB (Running Bum):


I was going to start writing about the food and wine parings at the ball park, but couldn’t find anything that looked like the wine list we saw at the concession stand.  I probably should have had you take a photo of the board with the wines written on it.  I get the feeling that the wine list is subject to change, but is nonetheless local, interesting and eclectic.  The one cabernet I liked in particular was called something like “Jason”.   However, I couldn’t find any reference to it at the ball park, but saw a pretty nice, but somewhat different wine list on their catering menu whereby they probably stage private parties in suites, and sell wine by the bottle.  The wines were a good value, too, averaging about $8.00 per glass for about a 4-ounce pour.  The servers were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, too.

I have some pretty good recollections, though.  Generally speaking, they have very good quality wines that pair well with chicken and ribs, such as chardonnays from Kendall Jackson and Sonoma Cutrer, along with Merlots from Bogle and Clos du Bois and Zinfandel by Ravenswood.  A whole side of ribs with two sides of baked beans and an excellent potato salad was only $22.00, and enough to feed two moderate eaters.  A ½ side was $18.00, but for only $4.00 you get a much higher value for the whole side, and you can ask for all dressings and barbeque sauces on the side.


As you can see from the photo montage above, you can stay Paleo at the ballpark. I chose a salad topped with chicken and tomatoes, and RB chose the ribs. As he ordered, I gouged him in the ribs and reminded him to order the sugary BBQ sauce on the side. 😉

Also, you can bring your own SEALED water, and a SMALL bag of almonds (or other nuts) to the game… just don’t get crazy and bring in a Costco size bag.

We are coming up on a home stand, so below are this weekend’s and this upcoming week’s highlights:

Fri. May 25 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Reno | Tickets

Wine in the Park Ticket Package: Package includes wine tasting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and a Gold ticket for $25. To purchase, click here.
Toyota Family Value Night: Enjoy $1 hot dogs & $1 desserts with the family, compliments of Toyota.

Player Autographs: Stop by the On Deck Shop between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. for player autographs.

Sat. May 26 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Reno | Tickets

Showdown Hoedown Block Party: Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy a free pregame block park on Ballpark Drive, complete with live music and dancing.
Sutter Health Fireworks Saturday: After the game, enjoy a fireworks display presented by Sutter Health.

Xfinity Family Packs: Starting at only $60, Xfinity Family Packs include four Saturday night River Cats tickets, four Raley Field meal vouchers, four Fairytale Town tickets and four tickets to the Sacramento Zoo. To purchase this special, click here.

Sun. May 27 (6:05 p.m.) vs. Reno | Tickets

Run, Bike, Swim presented by California Family Fitness: The River Cats honor the great endurance athletes in the Sacramento Region. The first 2,500 fans in the ballpark will receive a collapsible water bottle!
U.S. Bank Sunday Funday: Enjoy a pregame autograph session and kids get to run the bases after the game!

Mon. May 28 (1:05 p.m.) vs. Reno | Tickets

Military Appreciation Day presented by U.S. Army: Players will wear special camouflage uniforms as the River Cats honor the military members who protect our freedom. Military members and their families will take part in between-inning fun. Active or retired military members can save up to $11 off the day-of-game ticket price by showing proper military identification at Raley Field’s Round Table Pizza Ticket Office.

Seniors Eat Free presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort: Fans age 60+ eat free with a free Silver Cats Club membership. Also, Baseball Bingo will be played!

Tue. May 29 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Fresno | Tickets

Kids Eat Free presented by California Family Fitness: Kids 12 and under eat free at Raley Field.

Wed. May 30 (12:05 p.m.) vs. Fresno | Tickets

Thu. May 31 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Fresno | Tickets

Fri. June 1 (7:05 p.m.) vs. Fresno | Tickets

Disco Dance Party: Grab you go-go boots and enjoy a “Disco Inferno” at Raley Field. After the game, boogie the night away at a postgame dance party in the Jack Daniel’s Solon Club! To purchase, click here.

Rally Mohawk Night presented by Supercuts: Rally Mohawks are back! Supercuts will be providing FREE Rally Mohawk haircuts to fans, so be sure to visit their stylists on the concourse and show your River Cats team spirit!

Player Autographs: Stop by the On Deck Shop between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. for player autographs.

To keep up with the River Cats’ progress, follow the team’s daily game information by clicking here.

Go Rivercats!

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