*IMG_8916Brittney Raby – Staff Writer

Since completion of the new Parker Meadows Recreation Complex last fall, the county has debated the best avenue to provide concessions to park guests. During the two tournaments held last year, Recreation Director Seth Adams noted that volunteer groups managed the concessions in exchange for a portion of the proceeds. But with a full schedule and back-to-back weekends on the books over the next few months, the logistics of ensuring someone was available for every tournament has proven to be too much to handle.

To address the demand for concessions at the park, at the March meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, county leaders voted to approve a two-year contract with Big League Chew Catering to provide concessions for the Parker Meadows Recreational Complex. The catering company, owned by Tony and Cindy Christie, will offer full concessions at every weekend tournament and during league play at the new recreational complex.

“To me, this makes sense,” said Commission Chair Kevin Corbin. “One thing I heard from attendees, was the only thing we had was hot dogs. People go to these tournaments, they want chicken sandwiches, they want hamburgers. You start getting into that, and you’re talking about thousands and thousands of dollars to outfit those concession stands to be able to do it, and that’s not what we’re in business to do anyway.”

More than just the hotdogs and candy that were provided last year, Big League Chew will have a full menu with breakfast biscuits, hamburgers, barbeque, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos and fries available for purchase.

Adams explained to commissioners that the food truck will prepare all of the food items in the food truck at Parker Meadows and will then transport the food to the two concession stands at the park using a golf cart. The food will be stored in the concession stands using thermal warmers.

One issue the county had when considering managing the concession stands fully within the county, was how to dispose of grease and waste. County Manager Derek Roland noted that the food truck has worked out an agreement with Huddle House to dispose of the grey water and grease from the food truck, addressing that concern.

Adams informed commissioners that all local food trucks were given the opportunity to bid for the contract to operate at Parker Meadows, with the winning bid being awarded to Big League Chew. The contract will provide enough funding from Big League Chew to the county to cover the cost of additional operational and maintenance costs within the county’s recreation budget due to the addition of Parker Meadows.