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2018 Players Tailgate Minneapolis


The Players Tailgate is rated the #1 event to attend on Super Bowl Sunday.

Take a look at what you missed in Houston! Minneapolis – we’re planning something special for you.

About the Tailgate:

Bullseye Event Group’s exclusive Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl has earned the reputation as the best Super Bowl pre-game experience, where over 25 active NFL players, celebrities and guests eat, drink and get entertained before the big game. Described as a culinary experience in itself, The Players Tailgate features open premium bars and all-you-can-eat dining with gourmet dishes. America’s most recognizable celebrity chef, Guy Fieri, returns as headliner for the 2018 Players Tailgate, helping prepare the food with the top caterer in the United States, Aaron May. The all-star lineup of chefs will be announced in the coming months.

Operation BBQ Relief responds to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel. The Players Tailgate is proud to partner with Operation BBQ Relief in preparing our food and bring much needed awareness to what Operation BBQ Relief does for our Country in a time of need. As the charity of our choice a portion of the proceeds will help fund Operation BBQ Relief and families when disasters hit.

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The Venue:

The 2018 venue for The Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LII is THE prime location for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Directly across the street from the Players Tailgate is the entrance to the skywalk connected to US Bank Stadium. While being located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is fantastic, being able to walk to the stadium indoors is what makes our location the best of the best.

The venue is a 30,000 square foot climate controlled pavilion we build. Lined with private tables and soft white leather furniture seating areas, guests can watch ESPN’s pre- game coverage on large LED monitors and mingle with current NFL superstars. It is an amazing all-ages experience for football fans young and old!

The Players Tailgate takes over Minneapolis – less 0.5 blocks from the indoor Skywalk to U.S. Bank Stadium.

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The Chefs:

Celebrity Chef for for 2016 & 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef for the 2016, 2017 & the upcoming 2018 Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri, the most recognizable Chef in America, returns to bring his signature recipes and style as the headliner to an exclusive all-you-can-eat menu for The Players Tailgate attendees again in Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl. This is Guy’s third Players Tailgate (2016, 2017 and upcoming 2018) and each time he has upped the menu!

Guy Fieri can be seen on television almost every day on the Food Network. His shows include Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite, Guy Off the Hook, Dinner: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, The Next Food Network Star, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Minute to Win It, just to name a few.

Aaron May - Celebrity Chef for 2015, 2016 2017 & will be again for 2018 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Aaron May – Celebrity Chef for 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl

2018 Chef Aaron May is a top chef in America can prepare an incredible meal for 2 to 200 people, in order to considered one of the best caterers in America you need to be able to create a meal for 2200 and have it as good as that meal for 2 to 200. That is why Aaron May is considered the BEST caterer in the US. Aaron has been part of The Players Tailgate for the last 4 years.

Chef May is classically trained in Paris at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier and is inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2010 as a “Chef Extraordinaire.” He has been featured on Food Network’s wildly popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and TLC’s Best Food Ever. His fiercely loyal fan base has recognized him with many local awards, including “Best Tapas” and “Best Speakeasy,” and he has also garnered attention from national publications such as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine and USA Today.

A quick mind and a low threshold for boredom, which goes a long way toward explaining the restaurant empire he’s building. Given his passion for food and irrepressible creativity, is why he is considered one of the top caterers in America.

Chef Akria Back – 2018

2018 Chef Akria Back was just awarded the 2018 Michelin Star recipient.

The Michelin Star is the highest honor a chef can earn for a restaurant. The Michelin star is the most coveted award a chef can achieve and we are honored to have his greatness at the Players Tailgate

Chef Akira Back appears on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,”, NBC’s “The Today Show,” Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” The Cooking Channel’s “United Tastes of America,”. Chef Akira Back is Executive Chef and Partner of the prestigious Hakkasan Group. Akira Back restaurants include Kumi Japanese Restaurant +Bar by Akira Back at Mandalay Bay and the famed Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Chef Akira Back opened his namesake brand, Akira Back Restaurants in Singapore, New Delhi and Jakarta with additional locations opening in Toronto, Dubai and Bangkok, as well as DOSA in Seoul Korea.

Chef Akira Back has been awarded the title of “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013 & 2014). Since opening Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge in 2008, Chef Back has been named “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. Chef Back has also participated in some of the culinary world’s most prestigious events, including Aspen Food & Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d amongst others

2018 Chef Brian Malarkey

2018 Chef Brian Malarkey is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show, and was a Top Chef finalist and a winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste.

Chef Brian Malarkey has created more than a dozen wildly successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Wood, his newest concept in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy, which Zagat named one of 2016’s biggest restaurant openings and has been named “the most thoughtful, exquisitely executed, stylish restaurant of the year.” Malarkey’s other restaurants, under the management of prestigious Hakkasan Group that include Searsucker (San Diego, Del Mar, Austin, Las Vegas) and Herringbone (La Jolla, Santa Monica, Las Vegas). He is also the partner/operator of three healthy, fast-service restaurants in San Diego named Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse and chef/partner of Herb & Eatery, a market and cafe, connected to Herb & Wood.

"Fit Chef" Eddie Jackson - 2017 and 2018 Players Tailgate Celebrity Chef

Eddie Jackson –Celebrity “Fit” Chef for the 2017 & 2018 Players Tailgate

2018 Chef Eddie Jackson Season 11 winner of the “Next Food Network Star,” Jackson has created a unique style of cooking that combines two of his greatest passions, food and fitness. After retiring from a successful career in the NFL, Jackson took time to tirelessly hone his cooking craft, competing and finishing in the top 6 of Fox’s “MasterChef” in season 4. Jackson can be seen on Food Network’s “BBQ Blitz.” Eddie was part of the 2017 Players Tailgate in Houston.

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The 2017 Players Tailgate Menu with Guy Fieri:

(2018 menu is already being created – we will post details soon!)

‘Fresh Catch’ Killer Raw Bar

The “Fresh Catch” Killer Raw Bar returned for the 2017 Players Tailgate, this time prepared by celebrity chef Reno Henriques. Fresh flown ahi tuna poke from Hawai’i, world famous number-one grade teriyaki tuna, Jumbo Alaskan king crab, whole Maine lobster, peel ’n’ eat shrimp, oysters and more!

BBQ Butts and Brisket

Fresh out of the Ole Hickory BBQ Pit, the 2017 Players Tailgate offered pulled pork, brisket smoked 18 hours, Earl Campbell hot links, crisp apple cider slaw and Fieri’s award-winning signature BBQ sauces.

Guy’s Burger Joint Burgers

With the Guy’s Burger Joint Burger station, Fieri brought his smashed all-beef burgers, with all the fixin’s, SMC (super-melty cheese), served on a garlic-buttered brioche and topped with a Flavortown favorite, donkey sauce.

Texas Taqueria

It wouldn’t be a Texas-sized menu without a Texas-sized taco fiesta! Fresh corn and flour tortillas, scratch made salsa bar, guacamole and tons of hot sauce served with three different championship tacos. First, a buffalo grilled chicken taco with celery, blue-sabi (blue cheese and wasabi), and crumbled cheese. Then, a Baja shrimp “Nacho” taco with spicy pink chile mayo. And finally, a carne asada street taco with salsa verde and crumbled cotija.

Farmstand Salads, Cheeses & Charcuterie

“Fit Chef” Eddie Jackson’s signature assortment of seasonal salads made from the freshest, locally sourced greens, seasonal fruits, as well as an array of Chef Jackson’s favorite artisanal local meats and cheeses, and roasted vegetables and juicy fresh fruits.

Mac Daddy Mac N’ Cheese

The Mac Daddy Mac N’ Cheese bar returned for the 2017 Players Tailgate, featuring six-cheese mac n’ cheese, roasted veggies, slow-cooked all-beef chili, bacon, scallions and crumbled cheese and crackers to create the perfect tailgating side dish.

Nachos With Attitude

Made fresh to order, fresh-fried and thick-cut tortilla chips, topped with SMC (super-melty cheese), hot sauces, salsa, jalapeños, creama and pico de gallo.

Flavortown Finale Ice Cream & Candy Bar

New at the 2017 Players Tailgate, the Flavortown Finale Ice Cream & Candy Bar, features assorted local ice creams with ALL your favorite toppings, including: sprinkles, nuts, cherries, hot fudge, salted caramel, crushed pretzels, potato chips, strawberries, whipped cream, gummy bears, crushed candies, chocolates and more!

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Premium Bar:

Players Tailgate guests will be able to choose from the premium beer options of Goose IPA, Spiked Seltzer, Stella Artois, Shock Top, Karbach Brewing Co., and Blue Point Brewing Company.

Guests choose from the following premium liquor options of Bacardi, Dewar’s, Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire.

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2018 Players Tailgate Host & Emcee:

2018 Players Tailgate Host & Emcee Charissa Thompson

Charissa Thompson

The 2018 Host is something we take great pride in selecting. When you have had Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Lindsey Czarniak and Jaymee Sire as your previous hosts; these are big shoes to fill. Each year we take our time, to find an Emcee that is on top of their game and one we feel our Players Tailgate guests will respond to. This year’s 2018 selection is Charissa Thompson.

Charissa Thompson has been seen on and off the field. Charissa Thompson served as the permanent co-host for the Hollywood news magazine, Extra with Mario Lopez and is now the current host of FOX NFL KICKOFF and Sunday FOX NFL pregame show.

Charissa has worked countless high-profile events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl XLV and the BCS National Championship. Previous work includes hosting ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie and ESPN’s SportsNation before becoming the face of FOX SPORTS LIVE.

Thompson serves as FOX NFL KICKOFF’s versatile ringmaster – conducting interviews, leading segments and deftly moderating discussions and is the Sunday game-break anchor for the NFL on FOX.

Previous Players Tailgate Hosts & Emcees:

Jaymee Sire – 2017 Host & Emcee

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Erin Andrews – 2016 Host & Emcee

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Lindsey Czarniak – 2013 & 2015 Emcee

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Marcus Samuellson – 2014 Host

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Michael Strahan – 2014 Emcee

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2018 Players Tailgate DJ:

Official DJ of the Players Tailgate

As the first professional sports franchise DJ in the United States, DJ Irie is the official DJ of some of the most iconic brands in the world, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, the Miami Heat, Target, Mountain Dew Kickstart, Evian, Jamie Foxx and more, making himself one of the most established DJ’s in the industry.

At the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI, DJ Irie provided his world-class entertainment to help set the stage for the biggest and best pre-game tailgate in Houston before Super Bowl LI. DJ Irie will be back for the 2018 Players Tailgate in Minneapolis.