The annual Taste of Tennis Gala that previews U.S. Open food with star players in attendance gives guests the best of both worlds. Where else could you see five-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams making sushi rolls with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto?

The U.S. Open is the most-attended annual sporting event in the world. That means it is a good bet that it is also the event with the most food consumed.

The quality food has earned a terrific reputation, and the gala, now in its 15th year, offers serious star power from the tennis and culinary worlds at the W New York hotel in Manhattan.

For some of the players, food is a temptation. For others, it is a luxury.

"I don't have a specific diet," Agnieszka Radwanska says. "It's a personal thing. I have the proper weight and can eat like a normal person."

Radwanska is currently the world No. 5 and has reached as high as No. 2. Apparently, eating with no limits does not hurt her. The 25-year-old from Poland has been to a Wimbledon final and four U.S. Open fourth rounds.

At 29, Dustin Brown is experiencing a late breakthrough in his career, as he is currently No. 98 in the world. Brown defeated Rafael Nadal earlier this year, putting his name on the map. Like Radwanska, he does not limit his food habits.

"I don't have a specific diet or anything," Brown said. "Thank God with my body, I can eat what I want. Here, [in New York,] it depends what they have at the courts and at the hotel."

Sloane Stephens, 21, differs in opinion just a bit from Radwanska and Brown. The 22nd-ranked American eats as she pleases.

"I try to stay as healthy as I can during a tournament," Stephens says. "Sometimes you want to eat some bad stuff. That's perfectly normal."

One part of the players' lounge Stephens has noticed is the gluten-free section. The trend is rising and is a fixture of the U.S. Open and tennis diet, whether the players admit it or not.

"They try to keep it healthy," Stephens says.

Mike Bryan keeps to a strict diet that he is trying to include his brother, Bob, on. The 36-year-old American identical twins are the No. 1 doubles pair in the world and have 15 Grand Slam titles.

"I eat gluten-free oatmeal and gluten-free bread," Mike says. "It tastes good. It's gluten-free and sugary."

Bob shakes his head. "Chipotle twice a day," he jokes about his diet.

Although professional tennis players may mostly eat freely in their daily lives, they admit there is a strict match time (even stricter than match day) diet. There are certain ingredients that should and should not be consumed.

"Before matches, you try to have your pasta and eat a lot of bananas during the match," Brown says. "Besides that, there's nothing really that you don't eat."

Radwanska says, "I eat pasta and chicken and rice. That's the food that's always in the players' lounge. I mix it up with some fish and sandwiches, but pasta is the main thing."

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis says good food is just part of what you need to have a great cookout. Lewis will fire up the barbecue, but he has much more on tap for his guests.

"I have massage therapists there," Lewis said. "I have hookahs there. You have to have more stuff there than just the barbecue because people get bored of just eating. I got the DJ there. I do barbecues the right way."

According to Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, the right way means serving quality mac and cheese

"You're going to get your ribs, you're going to get your sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, yada, yada, yada," Jordan said. "But it's always important to see who's making the best mac and cheese. Some people just make noodles and cheese. Some people throw some spices in it. Really if you set the tone with the mac and cheese, then I trust your barbecue. If it's just bland cheesy noodles, I may not be there for long."

Here are some more opinions from athletes, including Chargers cornerback Antonion Cromartie, Blazers guard Damian Lillard of the Blazers, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, NHRA racer Courtney Force and former boxing champ Laila Ali, on their barbecue favorites:

Just in case you ever need to get on John Wall's good side, here's some inside information that should do the trick. According to his Washington Wizards teammate Bradley Beal, if you take Wall to P.F. Chang's and load up on the shrimp, you should be all good:

Delights By Dawn is an Atlanta cupcake shop that offers alcohol-infused varieties such as the Red Velvet Chocotini, White Almond Amaretto and Key Lime Margarita.

Starting this season, these adults-only selections will be available at the shop's two Georgia Dome kiosks during Atlanta Falcons games.

Insert your own punchline about why Falcons fans might need a pop or two.

Owner Dawn Belisle founded the shop in 1998. She is also a lawyer, who opened her own firm in 2010. According to her LinkedIn profile, Belisle has more than 15 years of experience prosecuting cases ranging "from misdemeanor traffic and DUI cases to major felonies."

On Facebook, she wrote about how making these flavors available to Falcons fans is a dream come true:

I thought how great would it be if I could sell my Toxycakes in the dome during football season. But that didn't happen. The cupcakes took on a life of its own and I have done so much with the business since I added them. The orders have been great, I have done events and people have LOVED them! All this in a short year. And now it's football season again and it reminds me of why I initially added them and my wanting to have them in the Dome. All the hard work, late nights, networking, developing, baking, splitting my time between law and baking and all for WHAT?.....Delights by Dawn will have two kiosks in the Georgia Dome this falcons football season selling her Toxycakes to thousands of football fans! Dreams do come true if you believe in your dream!


No word on the cost for one of these cupcakes at the stadium, but pricing on its website ranges from $37.50 to $39.99 for a dozen, depending on the flavor.

White Almond Amaretto

Key Lime Margarita

You might have already heard about how the 49ers' new home in Santa Clara, Levi's Stadium, is a technological and ecological marvel. Looks like it will be pretty impressive on the culinary side if this tweet from Mike Rosenberg of San Jose Mercury News is any indication:


There's no mention in the description but unless our eyes deceive us, the dogs are wrapped in bacon.

Technically, this will be listed on the menu as a frankfurter.

"The word 'hot dog,' in the boldest display of the 49ers' fine-dining hopes, does not appear anywhere on the Levi's Stadium concessions," Rosenberg reports.

On July 11, LeBron James made a really big decision. He chose to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of re-signing with the Miami Heat. This was a big deal.

Although James was not believed to be in the Akron, Ohio area, thousands of Cavaliers fans flooded the streets outside his home as rumor of his return to Northeast Ohio spread. Police were present in the community and the commotion was dispersed.

According to a Reddit post, James felt guilt for the circus on his block. To make up for the disturbance, James gave his neighbors cupcakes.

James provided the cupcakes courtesy of the LeBron James Family Foundation. In very LeBron fashion, the two flavors were "Just a Kid From Akron Cherry Cola" and "Homecourt Chocolate Chunk." Also, the cupcakes came with an infographic on a card.

WEWS in Cleveland has some reaction from the locals:

A neighbor named Will Smith also provided a firsthand account in an email to Fox Sports Ohio:

"The exchange was pretty simple. Two women from Baker Blvd Decadent Desserts rang our front door bell, gave us the cupcakes and said 'These cupcakes are from Lebron James. He sent them to everyone in the neighborhood because of the commotion surrounding his coming back.' We had no face to face interaction with Lebron, but nonetheless, it was an extremely kind gesture."

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The Akron RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, celebrated the return of LeBron James a little bit differently than most within the Akron area. They introduced a new burger to their "Extreme Foods" menu. Behold the "Return of the King Burger."

The burger is a 4-ounce patty with Boursin cheese, a king crab meat blend, and a wine and gold slaw.

The RubberDucks, who sit in second place in the Eastern League Western Division, introduced their burger against the Erie SeaWolves. They have yet to win a game since the burger has been introduced. Are too many RubberDucks celebrating the return of the greatest athlete to come out of Ohio with one too many Return of the King Burgers?

LeBron announced his decision last week before flying to Brazil to take in the World Cup final. Since then, he has flown to Lexington, Kentucky, to watch his son, LeBron James Jr., play a basketball game, (which was also watched by Kentucky coach John Calipari) and flown to China to promote basketball and play some piano with Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

When he does return back home, he will find banners and billboards aligning the streets all across town welcoming him back. His jerseys will be scattered throughout Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron and virtually ever other Ohio suburb. And there will be at least one meaty, calorie-infused, artery-clogging burger fit for a king waiting for him.

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Receiver Stevie Johnson just joined the 49ers in May after being traded from the Bills, and he already has a good understanding of how coach Jim Harbaugh relates with his players. It involves birthday cake.

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The line-ups are set for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game on July 15. Headlining the star-studded orders are not only MLB players but also Minnesota's ballpark food.

Target Field chefs and Delaware North SportsService created an All-Star menu for the Midsummer Classic. It features four delicious specialty concessions that will be served at Target Field for the 2014 All-Star festivities.

Leading off is the Lobster Corn Dog:

Even lobster can be made into ballpark food. Battered and deep-fried, the Lobster Corn Dog will melt off the stick for a surefire base hit.

Batting second is the Double Play:

It’s not a baseball game without a hot dog. Or two. The Double Play features a Polish sausage and bratwurst side-by-side on the same bun. Topped with cheese sauce, fans can now kill to dogs with one bun.

In the three hole is the Brat Dog:

Not satisfied with two separate sausages, try a foot-long hot dog wrapped in bratwurst. Wait! There's more. The bratwurst is wrapped in bacon, served on a pretzel bun, and topped off with peppers.

With the bases loaded, the Hangover Burger is batting cleanup:

Two quarter-pound patties made of a mix of ground beef and ground bacon are topped with American cheese, lettuce, onion, and a sunnyside-up egg. The burger is finished off with a sauce made of mayo, ketchup, Sriracha, and cornichons. Served on a bun with the Twins' logo, this burger a grand slam.

Derek Jeter's final All-Star appearance and Clayton Kershaw’s likely start for the National League will draw fans to the All-Star Game, but Target Field’s bacon-wrapped and deep-fried delicacies may very well get the fans to stay.

If that's not enough, perhaps curiosity about the self-serve beer machine will do the trick.

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In an otherwise forgettable season for the Minnesota Twins, who are nine games below .500 and sit in last place in the AL Central, one new attraction at Target Field should have fans excited.

The team has installed one self-serving beer station and plans to have another up and running by the time of next week's All-Star Game in Minneapolis. It is believed to be the first such contraption at a MLB stadium, and possibly the first at any NFL, NBA or NHL venue.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, patrons can purchase a vending card for the beer station by showing proper ID to a concessions cashier. Normally people can only put $10 or $20 on the card, but for the All-Star Game that limit will increase to $50.

Here's what the machines look like:

Fans scan their card at a machine and choose between four beers. These include Bud and Bud Light (38 cents per ounce) and Shock Top Lemon Shandy and Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale (40 cents per ounce). The prices are more or less consistent with what the team normally charges for an ounce of beer (38 cents, according to 2013 data).

Customers max out at 48 ounces of beer per 15 minutes, and the machines, which will have employees on hand to check for ID and fan who have already had too much, shut down by the seventh inning.

The Twins are toward the middle of the spectrum when it comes to beer prices in MLB. The Boston Red Sox led the pack in 2013 with a 60 cents per ounce price tag while the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were the lowest at 28 cents an ounce.

"There's obviously some novelty value to this, but it also allows people to pour what they want," Jerry Jacobs Jr., principal of concessionaire Delaware North, told ESPN's Darren Rovell. "If they want half of a cup, that's all they will pay for."

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