All-Star Minner Ford
Jose Altuve and Joe Pettini will not be the only Astro and Minute Maid Park All-Stars in Kansas City this week. ARAMARK vendor, Minner Ford, will also be representing Houston.
ARAMARK, a food and beverage service company that partners with the Kansas City Royals and ten other MLB teams, has selected a master vendor from each of its ballparks to serve fans during the All-Star Game.
At Minute Maid, Ford was chosen by Mat Drain, Resident District Manager and Jason Huff, Division Manager of Concessions.
“Minner was chosen because he possess a passion for unparalleled customer service and a knack for serving a high volume of fans on a nightly basis,” Drain said.
Ford, a 22-year Aramark veteran, said he loves getting to interact with fans during the game.
“I’ve been serving a lot of the same people for a long time,” he said.
A two-time All-Star, Ford said he is also excited for the chance to go to a new place.
“I have never been to Kansas City,” Ford said. “I know they have the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and I hear they also have some good barbecue.”
Ford was also chosen in 2010 to attend the All-Star Game in Anaheim, and said he thinks experience is what sets him apart from other vendors.
“I’m more like an elder spokesman,” Ford said. “A lot of the guys just started working for Aramark, I started in 1990.”
Ford will fly out of Houston on Sunday and be treated to a dinner and a trip to Fanfest. He will work both the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.
“Houston should be proud of Minner Ford’s achievement,” Drain said. “His trip to Kansas City as an All-Star is well-deserved.”