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    Concessions...

    Lots of complaints heard about the concessions. Food quality is over-all just lacking on many levels. Some commented that it felt as if they were at a county fair. I'd say it wasn't fresh and grossly over-priced. Why can't EAA allow area food trucks to participate in a common area like a food court? Lots of food trucks have seriously good food and the variety would be incredible. Yeah, I hear the old crowd already... "oh this year was the best food year ever"... Maybe it was for you but what does your waistline measure? Maybe some like cold fish ($16), room temperature fries ($6), rubbery fried chicken ($12), etc. Go ahead... pile on the comments...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrailing View Post
    Lots of complaints heard about the concessions. Food quality is over-all just lacking on many levels. Some commented that it felt as if they were at a county fair. I'd say it wasn't fresh and grossly over-priced. Why can't EAA allow area food trucks to participate in a common area like a food court? Lots of food trucks have seriously good food and the variety would be incredible. Yeah, I hear the old crowd already... "oh this year was the best food year ever"... Maybe it was for you but what does your waistline measure? Maybe some like cold fish ($16), room temperature fries ($6), rubbery fried chicken ($12), etc. Go ahead... pile on the comments...
    Great idea. However, I do not believe the local food trucks could afford what the eaa (note lowercase) would charge them just to pass through the main gate. And, God help any of them if any of their employees do not have the weekly wrist band. Too bad. Again, GREAT IDEA!!!

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    I don’t go to EAA expecting fine dining. I expect pretty much what is provided and I am extremely grateful for the variety over what was the situation only a few years ago. I actually come to Wisconsin for the bratwurst, so I am never disappointed. Beer was a plus this year! Beer, brats, sauerkraut. Add DECENT pizza and life would be perfect. Oh, and apple pie.

    or you can buy your lunch at the Sacred Heart stand. Dinner options abound, including EXCELLENT pizza, just outside of the airport.
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    I would think a food truck would have a hard time keeping up with the quantity and need to be restocked quite often. They don't have the storage that can be set up in a tent. I looked at the food concession application, and Food Truck is one of the location selections, along with building or tent, so they are allowed.
    Most of the food items I see listed on the food and concessions web page should work well with quick service, but others - especially from the area restaurants, may be too complicated. I'm guessing it's a management problem by not cooking to order during slower times.

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    I don't have any complaints about the concessions, as I ate mostly at my camper. I did have issues with two dining experiences, namely the Chapter Pancake Breakfast and the University of Wisconsin dining hall. The pancake breakfast was just too expensive. Three pancakes, two sausage links and bug juice for $8 was a total ripoff. I thought $7 last year was too high for what you got. I have great sympathy for the chapters that signed up to run the breakfasts just to watch people walk past. At what point is the EAA going to realize they can't keep raising prices?
    The University of Wisconsin dining hall isn't really connected to Airventure itself, although it has been a must-do at least once during the week for many members of my chapter. We heard that a new company was running the dining hall and we were very disappointed in the quality and variety of the food they had. In years past the food was so good that you looked forward to a meal the next year. Not anymore. All 14 people from our chapter said they would not go back next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmurphy View Post
    <(snip*> The pancake breakfast was just too expensive. Three pancakes, two sausage links and bug juice for $8 was a total ripoff. I thought $7 last year was too high for what you got. I have great sympathy for the chapters that signed up to run the breakfasts just to watch people walk past. At what point is the EAA going to realize they can't keep raising prices? <*snip*>
    In this case, I don't know why the price was raised. It was my understanding (subject to education) that all proceeds from the pancake breakfasts went to the chapters working the griddle. I don't know if National skims off the top for materials, but I've always just read that the Chapters are the ones who receive the funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayhemxpc View Post
    ..... I actually come to Wisconsin for the bratwurst, so I am never disappointed. Beer was a plus this year! Beer, brats, sauerkraut. Add DECENT pizza and life would be perfect. Oh, and apple pie.

    or you can buy your lunch at the Sacred Heart stand. Dinner options abound, including EXCELLENT pizza, just outside of the airport.
    Concur with Sacred Heart. On the subject of Brats, I was very disappointed this year. On Sunday before the open, I stopped at the Homebuilder's Cafe (why oh why did they have to tear down all the trees?) and saw a brat listed. I figured I might as well start the week off right, so I ordered one. No charring, not cold, but not hot either. Volunteered most days, so was fed well. Thanks! Then on my last day there, I was walking with my wife past the A&W in the Fly Market. Figured I had to have at least one more brat, but what I received was weird. Again, no char, no "bite", just a bland sausage. *sigh*

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    Everyone raved about the BBQ foods at Parker John's by the Ultralight flightline. And I mean everyone. Last year they had two locations, this year just the one, but it was always packed with happy customers.
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    I guess everyone missed the brats behind the Ford and EAA Member services tent.

    Pretty darned good.

    And six bucks a pop didn't shake me one bit, as it's a concession at a closed area....just pretend you're buying lunch at an airport concourse and you'll be thankful it's so cheap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlOrton View Post
    (why oh why did they have to tear down all the trees?)
    The L Birds tree being removed broke my heart a bit. I would would walk down to warbirds every morning, and as around 10 would the sun would really start baking, I'd relax under that tree for an hour or so, watching the world go by. Oh well.

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