Soccer and food: A great match made at Children’s Mercy Park in KCK

by William Crum

At Children’s Mercy Park, Sporting KC has the best food ever.

The mastermind behind it is the legendary executive chef Kevin Stenberg. He first started his career at the age of 15 where he was a baker at the famed Winkler Bakery in Winston-Salem, N.C., with artisan breads and pastries cooked in 200-plus year old beehive wood-fired ovens.

He had continued fine dining training in premier food and dining destinations and eventually opened his own concept in the region. Legends Hospitality recruited chef Stenberg to lead the culinary team and to direct food innovations at the new BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem, and appointed him as executive chef.

He is truly a mover and shaker in the culinary industry. He recently came here in February 2016. This move combined with the management team at Sporting Kc has made Children’s Mercy Park a culinary adventure as well.

This year the food is even better than it was in years past.

“We try to listen to what the fans want,” Stenberg said. “Our grilled cheese sandwich is our most popular.

“We always are striving for excellence and are constantly listening to what the fans want. This is based upon sales,” Stenberg said.

Several new things this year are a bourbon bar, and a wine bar where you get some of the best cheeses available, all reasonably priced.

For those of us who like soccer and fantastic food this is the place to go. It’s something the whole family can enjoy. See for yourself.

The tomato-arugula grilled cheese includes manchego cheese, arugula and tomato jam on grilled Texas toast. (Photo by William Crum)

The tomato-arugula grilled cheese includes manchego cheese, arugula and tomato jam on grilled Texas toast. (Photo by William Crum)

The smoked chicken sandwich takes the chicken sandwich to new levels. It layers a cherry wood-smoked chicken thigh with grilled tomato, roasted garlic aioli and baby spinach on fresh bolillio roll. (Photo by William Crum)

The smoked chicken sandwich takes the chicken sandwich to new levels. It layers a cherry wood-smoked chicken thigh with grilled tomato, roasted garlic aioli and baby spinach on fresh bolillio roll. (Photo by William Crum)

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