U.S. Open Food, by the Numbers

September 3, 2011

Yesterday, Tanya Steel of Epicurious.com posted a thoughtful piece on Levy Restaurants, which is the company behind the many concession stands and restaurants at over 100 sporting events, including the U.S. Open. The tennis tournament draws some 700,000 sports fans over its two-week duration, who will undoubtedly require on-site sustenance. Here's a breakdown of U.S. Open food by the numbers:

  • Hot dogs and hamburgers purchased: 225,000
  • Beef tenderloin and steaks used: 15,000 pounds
  • Poultry used: 85,000 pounds
  • Tons of lettuce: 12.5
  • Tons of lobster, crab and shrimp: 7.5
  • Individual berries used: 400,000
  • Tomatoes used: 35,000 pounds
  • Bananas used: 66,000
  • Chefs and cooks hired on to work the event with Levy Restaurants: 50 and 550, respectively

Are you surprised at the U.S. Open food numbers? Have you ever worked at one of these large-scale events?

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