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Centerplate, new Jones Beach vendor, upgrades meal offerings

Centerplate, Jones Beach's new food vendor, offers free

Centerplate, Jones Beach's new food vendor, offers free coffee and doughnuts to visitors at Field 6 on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The updated menu at Jones Beach this summer will include everything from fish tacos, crabcakes, artisanal bacon and chicken biscuits to Cuban sandwiches, Brazilian roast beef on Portuguese rolls and papaya shakes, the new vendor said Wednesday.

While Jones Beach “caters to a diverse community with a wide exposure to global flavors,” those seeking traditional seaside fare — hamburgers, hot dogs, seasoned fries, clams, fish and chips, New York-style pizza, ice cream, and Italian ices — will not go hungry, said Diana Evans, spokeswoman for Centerplate, the new caterer.

Race fans who attend Belmont Park already might know what to expect from Centerplate, which negotiated a 10-year contract for Jones Beach. Terms were not disclosed.

The global company based in Stamford, Connecticut, says it has catered 14 Super Bowls and 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, among other events.

Those seeking less waistline-expanding fare will find “lighter wraps, salads, and sandwiches,” fruit and cheeses, and biscuits with honey, peanut butter and bananas, Evans said in an email.

Food from Long Island and New York State will be featured, State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said in a statement.

“Beachgoers can now expect more healthy choices, locally sourced New York foods and ethnic varieties, which will be more accessible in more places,” Harvey said.

North Fork Potato Chips and Tate’s Cookies of Southampton are two of the local brands that will be offered.

Jones Beach visitors can expect full food and beverage services before Memorial Day weekend, officials said.

Centerplate started the week Monday offering free doughnuts and coffee to its first 500 patrons at Field Six, Evans said.

Chef Tom Schaudel, the first person inducted into the Long Island Restaurant Hall of Fame, is partnering with Centerplate in applying his techniques to Long Island’s best produce, fish and game, the parks department said.

The company’s selection is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s revitalization plan for one of the state’s most popular parks.

The Jones Beach menu will be far from static, Evans said.

“We plan to continue to add new menus and destinations after the first season, and based on feedback from our guests,” she said.

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