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Stadium Authentic Mustard is the trademarked name of a brown mustard, manufactured in Illinois, popular in Northeast Ohio, particularly in Cleveland. Stadium Authentic is an alternative formulation of Joe Bertman's original signature mustard recipe, also produced by his family's company, Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard. Stadium Authentic Mustard is sold in retail stores, supermarkets, and online, and served in over 150 stadiums and arenas throughout the United States, but not in most Cleveland sports stadiums, where the competing Bertman's Original brand continues to be sold.
David Dwoskin, a sales representative for Joe Bertman, a distributor of foods and condiments largely in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois, represented the Bertman brand to retailers throughout Ohio. In 1971, Dwoskin registered the name: Authentic Stadium Mustard. Then one famous local mustard became two.
In 1966, Cleveland had one local brown mustard: Joe Bertman's. David Dwoskin, one of Bertman's sales reps, represented the Bertman brand to retailers throughout Ohio. In 1969, The Davis Food Company partnered with Joe to make "The Authentic Stadium Mustard" available for retail sales in supermarkets. In 1971, Dwoskin registered the name "The Authentic Stadium Mustard" for his new company Davis Food Company. In 1982, Davis Food Company obtained exclusive rights to sell to both wholesale and retail markets as well as stadiums, arenas and other venues. In the early 1980s there was a disagreement between Bertman and Dwoskin. Dwoskin produced his own mustard under the Stadium brand through his own company. The Bertman Family continues to sell its version of the mustard through its Bertman Foods Company.
Dwoskin told Cleveland.com that his mustard is served in 150 stadiums in the United States. Bertman Original is served at all Cleveland sports stadiums. Bertman Original is licensed to feature the Chief Wahoo logo of the Cleveland Indians baseball club, and is served at all Cleveland sports venues save FirstEnergy Stadium, which serves Stadium Authentic.
Both mustards are sold in grocery stores, specialty food shops, and online. The trademarked "Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard" is still sold at Cleveland sports venues, and as a competing brand to Stadium Mustard by the Bertman family.
Stadium Mustard is made with a brown seed, has no preservatives, sugar, fat or fillers. It is a mildly spicy brown mustard more similar to European mustards than American deli-style brown mustards. Stadium Mustard is unique in that it is homogeneously brown in color, compared to traditional coarse-ground brown deli mustards, which are typically mottled in appearance and may feature both yellow and brown mustard seeds.
It's hard to tell Stadium apart from Bertman Original, a 2011 blind tasting revealed remarkable similarities, with Bertman, which has some sugar in it, being a bit sweeter, and Stadium being a bit more spicy.