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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and the city of Jacksonville will be in the national spotlight as part of a "Food Paradise" episode premiering Sunday, Nov. 26, at 9:00 p.m. EST on the Travel Channel.
"Food Paradise" finds the must-see spots across the country that have a one-of-a-kind dining experience. In September, the show came to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to highlight unique items on the inaugural Jumbo Shrimp ballpark menu, conducting interviews with Jumbo Shrimp Manager Randy Ready, outfielder John Norwood, General Manager Harold Craw, Director of Food & Beverage and Executive Chef Ernest Hopkins, and Jumbo Shrimp fans.
The episode will also air at 12 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Dec. 17. Future airings of the "Minor League Baseball" episode are listed here.
"We are thrilled that the Travel Channel chose to feature the Jumbo Shrimp and Jacksonville on 'Food Paradise,'" said Jumbo Shrimp General Manager Harold Craw. "A national audience will see the special atmosphere the people of Northeast Florida are creating at the Baseball of Grounds of Jacksonville."
In the Jumbo Shrimp's inaugural season, a shrimp theme fills the ballpark menu, featuring more than a dozen shrimp options - including Boom Boom Shrimp, Torpedo Shrimp, Shrimp and Grits, Shrimp Po' Boy, Shrimp Tacos and Shrimp Cocktail - and the new Bold City Burger Pie, a grilled one-pound beef patty, covered with two slices of pepper jack cheese, and served between two eight-inch pepperoni pizzas. Fans this season also had the Enormous Shareable Pretzel, Nachos in a Souvenir Helmet, Chicken Bites in a Waffle Cone, Pork & Slaw Dog and the Philly Grilled Cheese. Renamed before the 2016 season, the concessions stands have local themes - including Sweet Tea-bow, Southern Fried, All American JAX, and Singh for Your Supper. Named by a season ticket holder contest in March, the Wheelhouse suite-level lounge - open to all fans - also serves specialty items in a full menu.
"It is an honor to have a national broadcast highlight a menu we have enjoyed and taken so much pride in creating for the great fans in Northeast Florida," said Jumbo Shrimp Director of Food & Beverage and Executive Chef Ernest Hopkins.
Throughout the summer, "Food Paradise" traveled to Minor League ballparks - including Canal Park, the home of the Akron RubberDucks, under the same Fast Forward Sports Group ownership as the Jumbo Shrimp - to showcase unique food items in Minor League Baseball.
UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp open the 2018 season presented by Community First Credit Union on April 5, in Jackson, Tennessee. The 2018 home opener is Wednesday, April 11, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Season ticket renewals and new packages for the 2018 season may be reserved with a nonrefundable 25 percent down payment by calling a Jumbo Shrimp account representative at (904) 358-2846 or at the ballpark Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp offer affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Their inaugural season garnered the Southern League's Don Mincher Organization of the Year, Promotional Trophy, and Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year, won by General Manager Harold Craw. To experience the excitement with the terrific value of ticket and group options, call the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visit www.jaxshrimp.com.