One of the annual rites of spring is the unveiling of over-the-top food at Major League Baseball ballparks all across the country. The Chicago White Sox are giving fans a sneak preview of what to expect this season at Guaranteed Rate Field as they debut the team’s version of the horseshoe sandwich, a sloppy delicacy that’s popular in the state’s capital of Springfield. Horseshoes date back to the 1920s and traditionally feature a horseshoe-shaped piece of ham with french fries as “nails” and smothered with cheese sauce over toast.
The Sox’s “South Side Horseshoe” features Italian sausage, giardiniera, fries, and a beer cheddar sauce made with Modelo — the official imported beer of your Chicago White Sox. This comes served with thick-cut garlic Texas toast, according to a team spokesperson. Most fans won’t get a chance to chow down on this new item. It’s a new item for Levy Restaurants, which handles the food on the club level and suites. It’s premium food for premium seating.
No photos are available yet. News of the item leaked as part of the MLB Food Fest promo materials. That's a new event takes place on April 21 and 22. in New York. Essentially, it’s billed like Taste of Chicago. Each of baseball’s 30 teams will offer a sample size of a dish. There are also traditional items — the Cubs are offering a Chicago-style hot dog. As the Tribune noted, perhaps the team would be better represented by Doug Sohn’s encased meats. Chicago’s beloved Hot Doug’s has a gourmet sausage stand underneath Wrigley Field’s bleachers. Sohn, for his part, said the Cubs didn’t approach him.
Other MLB Food Fest dishes include toasted grasshoppers from the Seattle Mariners, chicken shawarma nachos from the Detroit Tigers, and adobo bao from the New York Yankees. Eater Chicago will have full coverage of the new food from Chicago’s South and North side baseball teams as Opening Day approaches.