Opening a food stand at a major baseball stadium would be big for anyone, but for former E!News anchor Maria Menounos, it means a lot more.
The Medford native is back in Boston to celebrate the opening of her new pop-up concession stand outside Fenway Park called “Maria’s Greek Kitchen,” featuring all-natural, organic ingredients in traditional Greek foods, including gyros, hummus plates and kabobs.
“It’s crazy to see it all come together,” Menounos said.
But it wasn’t an easy road, as the food stand was actually supposed to open earlier in the year, until Menounos revealed she had a brain tumor.
“I remember we were going to launch this earlier, but I just wasn’t ready yet. I wasn’t healthy enough.” Menounos said.
Menounos had surgery to remove the golf-ball size tumor. The diagnosis came after she began feeling lightheaded on the set of E!News and suffered from headaches and slurred speech.
“The love and support, I get emotional about it,” she said, choking back tears.
On top of her own health issues, Menounos’ mother is battling brain cancer, but her mother was on hand as her daughter previewed her pop-up stand Tuesday.
“(I’m) very proud. Very proud,” her mother said. “How can you not be proud of all the things she has done?”
“Maria’s Greek Kitchen” will launch on Labor Day, Sept. 4, in time for the Boston Red Sox’s run for the post-season.
“I feel good,” Menounos said. “Overwhelmed with the love, so thank you guys.”
Excited to give you a sneak peek of my new concept w/ @aramarkSports at Fenway Park! #MariasGreekKitchen” launches Labor Day…I’ve been working on this for a long time. Don’t get me wrong I love me some nachos and hot dogs but sometimes you want something healthier. My goal was to make eating healthy simple at a game. Everything is organic too which was important to me after the health issues we have been facing in our family. Some of the ingredients are sourced right upstairs on the fenway roof top garden! If you like this idea share this post with friends who may wanna visit:) I will be there Monday hoping to see everyone enjoy it! Post pics with the hashtag #MariasGreekKitchen if you try something and like it! Your support will mean the world!