Timbers a kick for local businesses

Timbers a kick for local businesses

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by Joe Smith

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Posted on March 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 7:36 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Local businesses were already a winner even before Monday's opening game between the Portland Timbers and the Philadelphia Union.

When teams take to the field or pitch as it's called, it's a win-win all around.

Ben Forsythe is in charge of the food served at Jeld-Wen field. His challenge is something new and something local or northwest every season. This year is the Timber Pie.

"It's locally sourced root vegetables and Tillamook Cheese wrapped in a flaky buttery crust," said Forsythe, General Manager of Centerplate.

It means a new business opportunity for Pacific Pie Company in Southeast Portland.  In addition Zenner's meats in Portland provides the bacon that's dipped in chocolate as a treat sold at the games; and also the hot-dogs that are wrapped in a new soft pretzel bun from Franz Bakery located in Northeast Portland.

"You can see there's local flavors all over the menu and it's something that is my number one focus this season and going forward," said Forsythe.

In the kitchens at Jeld-Wen Field, chefs are preparing dishes for the suite holders. Much of it is locally sourced.

"Today I've been making french silk torte," said Bob Brumbaugh, executive chef for Centerplate.

Smothered in more chocolate ,all local ingredients. 

Washing it all down: local beers. 130 kegs per game. Widmer Beer is the top seller. 

For business outside the soccer field it's a win, every game.

"We've staffed up and ordered a lot of extra food," said Lavvone Lal, co-owner of Quiznos on W. Burnside across from Jeld-Wen Field.

It's the dedicated fan base that creates a ripple effect across the city and beyond.

"Starbucks, Quiznos, Hotlips (pizza) all of them around here, said Timbers fan Stephanie Angelica.

Nearby at the Goose Hollow Inn, it's the before and after crowd that fill seats. The games are an event.

"We have calendars everywhere to remind us when they're happening," said Rachel Clark from Goose Hollow Inn.

It means adding more staff and important supplies including more beer, and it all adds up to Timbers green for local businesses.

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