LOS ANGELES -- When it comes to the list of healthiest cities in the U.S., California dominates with more entries in the Top 20 than any other state. So it's no surprise that the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades would cater to the nutrient and calorie conscious crowd out to watch this weekend's PGA Tour stop at Riviera Country Club.
Sure, there are hot dog and hamburger vendors behind every sand trap, and pretzel carts galore, but the healthy fare is there and it's popular. That's thanks to Hole N One Sports Catering, one of the food providers for the tournament. One of their biggest sellers is the Southern California favorite Mahi Mahi Tacos, served with a corn and black bean salsa, and fresh fruit.
"A lot of catering companies at big events just dump things out of a can," says Theresa Mastroianni of Hole N One. "We make everything fresh."
That's even more evident in their California Spring Mix Salad. It's filled with julienned jicama, mandarin orange supremes, feta cheese and walnuts. The balsamic vinaigrette lightly drizzled over the top definitely doesn't taste like anything out of a supermarket bottle.
For those who aren't fish fans, there is also a carnitas option for the tacos, served with the same salsa and fruit. Even the less healthy Italian meatball sandwich comes with a side salad.
And one look at the line as Phil Mickelson was making the turn on Saturday confirmed that SoCal golf fans are clamoring for these better options. The queue was dozens deep, with more people coming in waves.
"They definitely want healthier options and ask for things like gluten-free, which we provide," Mastroianni says.
The bratwursts, chips and sodas aren't going away at sporting events any time soon, but considering Hole N One will serve thousands of meals over the course of the weekend -- including in hospitality tents -- it's clear
there's a desire for more fit fare.
Now all you have to do is turn left at the 8th green and put down the nacho cheese.
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