Update — Buzz Bishop and I discussed Super Bowl food options on Virgin Radio 95.3 this evening. Below is a clip of our chat, where Buzz suggests selecting beer according to team colours. Great idea!
Do you go gaga over the NFL? If so, you’re either hosting a Super Bowl party this Sunday or going to one. This year, we’re finally doing the former (even though Kurt’s Broncos and my beloved Patriots are not in the running…boo hoo).
You shouldn’t be surprised that we won’t be ordering pizza. Instead, we’ve scrounged the interweb for munchies that will represent the cuisine of Pittsburgh and Arizona without getting too gourmet on our football-crazy friends.
Below is our shortlist of dishes from which we’ll choose from.
Go Steelers! Pro-Pittsburgh eats
- BBQ Chipped Chop Ham Sandwiches (Accidental Hedonist)
- The Ben Roethlis-Burger, with bacon weave upgrade (BBQ Addicts)
Go Cardinals! Pro- Arizona eats
- Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise (Food Network – Bobby Flay)
- Soft Pretzels with Queso Poblano Sauce or Mustard Sauce (Food Network – Bobby Flay)
[What can I say? We like us some Bobby Flay.]
Other football-friendly eats
- Memphis Blues Super Bowl Party Pak – Don’t have a grill or the time? Feed 8 people with a slew of barbecued meats, chili and wings from our favourite BBQ house. Order ahead for this $89.95 take-out special.
- Our rendition of Spicy Oven-Baked Chicken Wings (adapted from Fearless in the Kitchen: Innovative Recipes for the Uninhibited Cook by Christine Cushing)
Partisan beer choices
If you’re a guest to our or others’ Super Bowl parties this year, consider bringing beer representative of the team you’re cheering for. Iron City seems to be the popular choice for Pittsburgh brew while Arizona-founded Chili Beer looks mighty intriguing. See if you can find them in Vancouver – I’ve been having a tough time with this search myself.
- Beers of Pittsburgh (Beer Expedition)
- Pennsylvania breweries (Wikipedia)
- Arizona breweries by city – check out Glendale or Phoenix first (Beer Expedition)
- A guide to Arizona breweries (United Nations of Beer)
Enjoy the game around town
If the bar scene is more your style, check out what some of Vancouver’s pubs and restaurants are offering for sustenance on February 1, 2009. Know of others showing the game in the city? Drop me a comment here.
- Library Square Public House – my husband’s fave after-work hangout. Stadium-style menu, $16.10 buckets of Budweiser, $3.90 sleeves of Granville Island brew, and a roast pig! Come in after 3pm.
- Kingston Taphouse – 11am marks the start of Kingston’s Super Bowl specials . Drop in to enjoy the game, door prizes, and even a comedy act, or buy a $20 ticket to assure you a seat, a Prime Rib Burger and some Granville Island Beer.
- Memphis Blues’ Super Bowl All-You-Can-Eat Party – The fun gets going at noon. $10 pitchers. Another $20 gets you unlimited pulled pork, chicken, catfish, rib ends, coleslaw, potato salad, BBQ pit beans, and Memphis Blues’ signature BBQ sauce. (Commercial and North Van locations only)
Other Super Bowl XLIII resources
These additional sites may help you with the planning of this year’s Super Bowl shenanigans:
- Planning a Steelers Super Bowl Party (About.com Pittsburgh)
- Pittsburgh vs. Arizona Super Bowl Food-Off (Endless Simmer)
- Super Bowl Challenge: My Local Beer Quest (the Epi-Log on Epicurious.com)
What will you eat and drink on Super Bowl Sunday? Send me your tips and/or your favourite Super Bowl recipes.