OUTRAGE!

The healthy option won at West Michigan.  The forces of darkness have made their first breakthrough.  Walking Spaghetti was kneecapped…Meat Salad was tossed…Bologna Lollipop was licked…Meat Man Parfait was, um, parfaited.

Online voting for the Fifth Third Ballpark food item contest has come to a close, and a winner has been chosen. “Chicks with Sticks,” a healthy option consisting of fresh sliced vegetables with a hummus (made from “Chick” peas) or optional ranch dipping sauce, is the winner and will be on the menu for fans to purchase at Whitecaps games this season.

Chicks with Sticks received 31% of the votes from the top 10 finalists’ contest. Second place in the voting was the Meat Salad, a seven-meat treat, with 27% of the vote. The third place vote-getter was the Walking Spaghetti, a 16-inch loaf of Cole’s garlic bread loaded with spaghetti, meatballs, marinara and cheese, weighing in with 15% of the vote. None of the remaining seven options received more than 5% of the votes (Mac ‘N Cheese Burger Burrito, Honey Bun Burger and Bologna Lollipop – 5%; Sonoran Dog and Big O Sandwich – 4%, Meat Man Parfait – 3% and Duck Hog Frog Dog – 1%).

Lisa Baird of Jenison submitted the Chicks with Sticks entry. Her idea was inspired from her own switch to healthy eating after recently joining Weight Watchers.

“I thought, ‘What on earth could possibly be served in this type of venue that wouldn’t be heavy, and would be portable?’ I had recently switched from eating pita chips and hummus to eating healthier veggies and hummus, and it made perfect sense,” said Baird. “It’s portable, it’s sharable, it’s a win-win for everyone. I was trying to be cute and clever with the name – it’s not the most outrageous food, but it can still be fun! I know I’ll be eating my share of Chicks with Sticks at the ballpark this season!”

Just for using the phrase ‘win-win’ the winning selection should be disqualified and BOTH Meat Salad and Walking Spaghetti should be added to the menu.

And that is my opinion…

Am I serious? Am I joking? I leave it to you…the readers at home to decide.

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