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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Resting in Silicon Valley, one of the America’s centers of innovation is the world’s largest mobile kitchen.
At 70 feet in length — much longer than the world record in the triple jump — nearly three-quarters of the length of a basketball court, and a greater distance than throwing a baseball from the rubber of a baseball pitching mound — The Powerhouse Kitchen is located at San Jose State University, north of CEFCU Stadium, the football home of the Spartans.
Also known as the “World’s Largest Mobile Kitchen,” The Powerhouse Kitchen is equipped with a massive commercial kitchen that chefs, barbecue pit masters, and cooks of all skill levels can produce high-end elegant meals or simple, traditional ball park food side-by-side or grill station to grill station.
The Powerhouse Kitchen is a self-contained entertainment center perfect in its current home of the Spartan Village Fan Zone, where people of all ages, interests and backgrounds can enjoy food, fun, and frolic for as long as three hours before every San Jose State home football game and through the first half.
The 16-foot retractable Jumbotron screen can show live footage of food being prepared inside The Powerhouse Kitchen, highlights of San Jose State Spartans’ Athletics events or feature-length movies like the Spartans did while hosting their annual “Evening with the Spartans.”
“We are thrilled The Powerhouse Kitchen will be an integral component of the San Jose State football tailgate scene,” said Marie Tuite, San Jose State University’s Director of Athletics. “It has a commanding presence in our Spartan Village Fan Zone. Our graphic design students created a standout visual that captures the essence of San Jose State University, school spirit, a zest for life, and the fun of eating and drinking responsibly at outdoor events.”
A creation of Cruising Kitchens, LLC, out of San Antonio, Texas, The Powerhouse Kitchen was purchased by Spartan Eats, the university’s food service concessionaire and a member of Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. Thinking creatively, the Spartan Eats team enlisted San Jose State graphic design students to create the colorful, eye-catching and striking exterior that stands out from the upper deck of CEFCU Stadium and beyond.
Menus and price points are still being developed and tested. Fan favorites are certain to be on the menu. Don’t be surprised at the breadth of offerings that would reflect of the diverse cultures in Silicon Valley.
Regardless of your taste buds, interest in sports and outdoor activities, The Powerhouse Kitchen inside San Jose State’s Spartan Village Fan Zone at CEFCU Stadium will be your destination for some of the best food and entertainment in the city and throughout the greater Bay Area of six million residents.