Earlier this summer, the Washington Football Team held a competition for nearly two dozen vendors to present not only their best food and drink options, but also their talent.
Instead of choosing one entrepreneur to become a gameday vendor for the upcoming Washington Football Team’s upcoming 2021 season, nine vendors will have their delicacies purchased and devoured by fans at FedEx Field in Landover.
Raymond Walters, CEO Of EllaRay’s Café in District Heights, said he received a prime location in the stadium’s club level.
“We got our shout on. Everything is done by the grace of God,” he said Monday, Aug. 9. “If you put the work in and do what you go to do and treat people right, good things will happen. We are proud of the fact that our hard work paid off.”
The Washington Football Team pushed to feature not only small businesses, but those located in the D.C. region.
For the first time, the organization hosted a Flavors of the DMV Showcase in June and received an overwhelming response on the seafood, homemade ice cream, plant-based burgers and other tidbits from season ticket holders, former Washington football players and representatives with Levy Hospitality Group.
That’s what made it hard to just choose one, said Joey Colby-Begovich, vice president of guest experience.
“It is the realization of a commitment that we are making to represent our community as a part of this team,” he said. “We’re giving folks the opportunity…to really be on a bigger stage. That just elevates the diversity and the love and the uniqueness of the broad community that is the DMV area.”
Besides EllaRay’s, five other vendors are slated to be at various stands in sections 300 and 400. The chosen businesses are: South Mountain Creamery, Kitchen Cray, Shell Shack Seafood of Silver Spring, Fireman’s Café and Suit2cook.
Two vendors that sell plant-based items, Everything Legendary and JustAJ’s Foods will supply its products on game days.
Casa De Ávila Tacos will utilize a portable cart to sell its product throughout the stadium.
Colby-Begovich said most of the vendors should be able to showcase products for the team’s two preseason games Aug. 20 and 28.
They will all be at FedEx Field for Washington’s home opener and first regular-season game Sept. 12 against the San Diego Chargers.
Meanwhile, the team unveiled new stadium policies and procedures for fans Aug. 4.
A major change will be no more Native American attired such as the ceremonial headdresses and face paint. Although the burgundy and gold colors will remain intact, the team’s former nickname and moniker are no longer present.
Some of the measures include recommending fans who didn’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine to wear face coverings. It’s optional for guests who are vaccinated.
FedEx Field will now be cashless, meaning all financial transactions will be managed by credit or debit cards and mobile devices.

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