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. The 2018 Tailgate menu once again will be created by Americas most recognizable celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the food prepared by 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.
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!
Guy Fieri, the most recognizable Chef in America, will be creating 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 his 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.
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.
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.
2017 Chef Douglas Rodriquez is the globally acclaimed “Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine,” Douglas Rodriguez is a two time James Beard Award winner. He has blazed a trail that has inspired popular chefs around the world to take after his culinary creativity. Selected as one of the 100 Americans that will influence the coming millennium in the culinary industry, Rodriguez is one of the distinguished culinary elite to be on the first season of “Top Chef Masters” on Bravo.
Rodriguez can also be seen in a myriad on national publications, such as Food and Wine, Metropolitan Home, Esquire and Bon Appétit. The popular chef has also made numerous television appearances on shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, The Today Show and CBS Weekend Morning.
2017 Chef Reno Henriques is the renowned chef and owner of Fresh Catch, an island-style restaraunt specializing in seafood and world-class deli meats, Reno Henriques has created a unique culinary style. Known as the “Poke master of Hawai’i,” Henriques graduated from the Western Culinary institute in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, Henriques chased his dream of preparing delectable seafood dishes, inspired by his childhood next to the ocean, diving and fishing.
2017 Chef Rodolfo Valdes was born into a family of restauranteurs, Valdes knew from a young age that enjoyed providing people with a good meal. After graduating from the School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute, Valdes honed his craft while studying at the world renowned Cordon Bleu in Paris, France and London, England.
Valdes is currently executive chef at the Pan Y Agua restaurant group, founded in 2008 with Crave Kitchen & Bar in Cincinnati, OH. Pan Y Agua boasts some of the best restaurants in the country, with four Crave locations, Independent Burger and TI:ME at Montecillo.
2017 Chef Pete Blohme is the Owner and executive chef of Panini Pete’s Cafe and Bakeshop in Fairhope, Alabama, Pete Blohme has made headlines nationwide. Being featured with Guy Fieri on shows such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Big Bite on Food Network, as well as CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama.
Ole Hickory BBQ Pits will be on hand at the Players Tailgate! Manufacturing wood burning smoker ovens and barbecue pits, Ole Hickory utilizes their state of the art equipment to help produce good, old-fashioned barbecue.
Pioneers in the barbecuing business since 1974, Ole Hickory provides services worldwide, from commercial ventures to small “mom-and-pop” operators. An Ole Hickory BBQ Pit was set up at the 2017 Players Tailgate to help in the creation of a Texas-sized barbecue feast!
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.
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!
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.
2018 Players Tailgate Host & Emcee:
The vetting process has begun. 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. Look for our announcement in December.
2017 Host & Emcee Jaymee Sire
Lead anchor of ESPNs flagship morning show, SportsCenter AM, Jaymee Sire’s Emmy-award winning style and signature have become synonymous with ESPN. Sire has also appeared on various other ESPN programming, such as NFL Live, NFL Insiders, Fantasy Football Now and College Football Live.
Aside from her hosting and reporting duties at ESPN, Sire also has a passion for food. Sire was the official host of the 2016 NYC Wine and Food Festival, and has described herself as a self-proclaimed “foodie,” making her the perfect fit for the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI.
Previous Players Tailgate Hosts & Emcees:
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.