Great Food Traditions of the Super Bowl
December 30th, 2013 by John Nichols
Are you hungry for the full-throttle, win-or-go-home thrill ride that defines the Playoffs?
The road to Super Bowl 48 has just a few stops left, and each one – Wild Card Weekend, the Divisional Playoffs and the Conference Championships – offers not only a test of strength and skill but a feast of might and … meat (!) for football fans. All leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, when the world champion of football is crowned, and second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to stuffing your piehole with the best food money can buy. Can you taste it?
We know fans who traditionally cook up an entire turkey dinner just for the Conference Championships (that fan would be this writer) but Super Bowl Sunday spreads are usually served buffet style, leaving room for more (and more and more and more) throughout the entire Super Bowl experience.
If you live in the New York/New Jersey area, you can enjoy Taste of the NFL, a Super Bowl foodie tradition since 1992. Described as “a strolling wine and food event,” Taste of the NFL lets guests sample signatures dishes made by chefs based in every NFL city, meet and mingle with renowned culinary stars as well as great NFL players, and enjoy a silent auction. In addition to a chance for football fans and foodies to compare notes, the event serves a good cause -proceeds support food banks in every NFL locale. The 2014 event takes place February 1 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Okay, football fans: what are your favorite food traditions for the big game? Here’s a list:
- Meat on a Stick. From pigs in a blanket to sliders to kabobs, sausages and meatballs, anything roasted, grilled and served up portable style is a hit.
- Chicken Wings. Hot and spicy, with bleu cheese dipping sauce. ‘Nuf said.
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Another delicacy served portable-style, prepared low and slow. Yum.
- Chili. Forget the white, low-cal stuff. We’re lookin’ for meat and beans, peppers and onions, lots of chili powder and dark goodness. A beer bath helps.
- Pizza. Pepperoni, please.
- Dips. The messier the better, made with Velveeta, salsa, three-bean layers, hot sauce. Especially guacamole. And nachos.
The Super Bowl Players Ultimate Tailgate. This delicious pre-Super Bowl party not only has pulled pork sandwiches, but features an entire menu chosen by super chef Marcus Samuelsson, prepared by his staff at Harlem’s Red Rooster restaurant (you can see Marcus on the premiere of The Taste, Thursday, January 2 on ABC). All your favorites are covered, including what could be some new traditions –like Mac and Greens, Chicken & Waffles and a dynamite raw bar and seafood spread that includes shrimp, oysters on the half shell, lobster tails, stone crab, tuna and smoked salmon. Heaven!
If you’re ready to take your Super Bowl gastronomic experience to the next level –and a whole lot more- reserve your spot at the 2014 Players Ultimate Tailgate, taking place Super Bowl Sunday afternoon at the gorgeous Gotham Hall, one of NYC’s top venues located on Super Bowl Boulevard. Better yet, book one of our Super Bowl Packages and enjoy all that New York has to, well, serve up!