Alliance Council Meeting April 2018

By: Stephanie Steiner

April meeting started with a presentation from First and Goal Hospitality leadership: Executive Chef Michael Johnson, Sous Chef Reid Henderson, and Hospitality Director Abby Hetterich. Also joining us was my representative, Sounders Suite Manager Emily Schultz (aka Shultzy). Not sure we should trust skinny chefs, but it’s hard not to when they put out really good chewy fresh pretzels as bait. Did I mention beery cheese sauce? You might have learned something about me by this sentence – I’m easily led astray.  (a word from our sponsor: you should consider running for council now J nominate yourself here .  Yes, we do much more than eat, but you already know that.)

Besides all of the snarfalicious distractions, it was a good meeting.  Canned rose! DING DING DING: and it will be local!  Yes: we brought up beer pricing (I do not expect a miracle here.  Why? Because there’s a magic point at which it becomes less profitable, and I don’t think they’ve hit it).  But I’ll give them credit for listening to all of the concerns: pricing, labeling and adequate descriptions/training regarding vegan and food allergies, and food quality.  First and Goal Hospitality leaders are really good and they are working hard to continuously improve.  If you have a challenge, look for someone dressed as a chef.

When we first met with them a year ago they were brand new – the entire entity had only existed for a few months (maybe even weeks).  They’d created some really lofty sustainability goals regarding food waste, composting, and the creation of a garden to supply the stadium.  Here we are a year later and damn if they didn’t hit all of their goals.  My biggest disappointment is that no one knows.  I got a little pushy (who me?  I know you’re surprised) and suggested that start learning to brag a little better on paper napkins, cups, and the like:  most of those say CenturyLink Field.  Well do we really need to be reminded of where we are?

In addition to sustainability goals, they’ve made many local community connections; they support women and minority-owned businesses, supply grass-fed and hormone-free beef and pork, and the produce is organic and travels fewer than 25 miles. Whew! That was accomplished in a year.  Last year, fewer than 20 products were local, now they’re up to about 85 local items and they continue to expand.

Later this year, we’ll see some Frose (froze zay) show up.  Don’t know what that is?  Oh honey you don’t know what you’re missing!

Our concern for the rise in diabetes was taken seriously.  We had asked for better non-caloric beverages: unsweetened tea will be added as an option.

The next portion of the meeting was the first reading of the adjusted Bylaw 10:  essentially, partial season ticket memberships and large, commercial ticket brokers will not be able to vote in GM Vote. Due to the degree to which people have a tendency to be checked out, we felt it was best to prevent any risk that this could cause the entire vote to not count. These types of account holders still vote for scarves.

Group leaders gave quick updates to the rest of council, and then we adjourned.