Breakfast for 800
Thanks to the Phillies and Blue Jays, Kevin Schauer gets no sleep. So, you want to know who is Kevin Schauer?
Well, Schauer is a chef at Lenny’s Restaurant in Clearwater. Besides preparing food for the countless Phillies fans that flock to the popular restaurant located minutes from Bright House Field, he also is the chef for the Blue Jays and Phillies organizations.
Kevin’s day begins at 12:30 a.m. and is at the restaurant by 20 minutes later. Right away, he starts to prepare the pre-game meals for both organizations. He cooks 800 breakfasts, 250 lunches for the Toronto minor leaguers and 70 lunches for the Toronto major league team.
After preparing the meals, he arrives at Bright House Field at 5:15 a.m. From then until 9:30 a.m., players and coaches will wander in and order omelets, eggs over easy, pancakes or grab some of the prepared foods like oatmeal, bagels and yogurt.
Once he is finished there, Kevin heads back to Lenny’s to coordinate the meals he started preparing in the wee hours of the morning and to make sure they reach their destination.
He will also cook for the restaurant patrons. Lenny’s is only open for breakfast and dinner. So, does he get a break at night? Of course not…he has to host dinner for 140 Phillies minor leaguers who eat at Lenny’s every night. On Sunday night, he cooked 220 pounds of chicken wings, 40 pounds of chicken tenders, 40 pounds of french fries, 20 pounds of rice and 6 gallons of ice cream.
Last week, he made 220 quesadillas, 215 one-pound burgers and 650 pieces of chicken for three different meals.
“I try to change the menu as much as possible”, said Schauer. “I also have to be aware of the cultural differences of the ballplayers. The Latino players don’t eat many green vegetables like broccoli and green beans. I have to make sure I include corn, carrots or yuca”.
Schauer has a great chance of being the team chef in Clearwater for many years since the Phillies have made the playoffs every year since he started cooking for them in 2007. And, once the team heads north on March 28th, he finally gets a chance to sleep.
Phillies are in Kissimmee today (8 a.m. bus) and Dunedin tomorrow (11:30 a.m. bus), off on Wednesday and play four of their next five games at Bright House Field starting on Thursday night . . . Team heads north two weeks from today . . . Next two games will be online at MLB.com with Tom McCarthy and Sarge (today), Tom and Wheels on Tuesday . . . Two minor league games will be played at the Carpenter Complex starting today and nearly every day the rest of the month. Phillies AAA and AA squads will play the same from the Blue Jays, 1 p.m. starts. Admission is free. On Tuesday, the two games involved are the Class A squads of the Phillies and Jays . . . Temple basketball was aired on 1210 AM, the Big Talker on Saturday, giving Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen a day off. This Friday’s broadcast will now be on that station . . . Matt Cord of WMMR FM is in camp the next two days to tape interviews.
Opening day is fast approaching. We’ve asked Phillies Alumni for their most memorable opening day moment, minor leagues or majors.
Greg Luzinski, (OF, 1970-80)
“Hitting a home run in the 1980 home opener against the Expos at the Vet. Little did we know at the time what was in store for us that October.”
They Said It
“Ninety percent of this game is half mental,” Yogi Berra.
(John Brazer, Director, Publicity, contributed to today’s blog and does dine at Lenny’s).