Stadium Cuisine Earns Home Field Advantage
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it comes to preparing a menu for the biggest football game of the year, Aramark, which partners with the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs and a dozen other NFL teams for food and beverage services, knows what it takes to energize fans and keep them well-fed.
While at-home watch parties will be smaller than usual this year, Aramark’s culinary teams from Arrowhead Stadium and around the league are sharing their favorite game day recipes, tips and cooking demos, at aramark.com/gameday and fyp365.com, to help fans prepare for the big game this Super Bowl Sunday.
“What better way to enjoy the big game than with a menu featuring original tastes and flavors from your favorite football stadium?” said Aramark Senior Executive Chef Erin Wishon, who is based out of Arrowhead Stadium. “Regardless of who you are cheering for, it always helps to have food options that include some home(field) cooking. As a Chiefs fan, I’ll be serving Kansas City barbecue!”
Many Steelers fans know what unique tastes of stadium cuisine have been offered at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, like the Franco Harris Pizzeria “Pro Bowler” or his Italian Army Gridiron Sausage.
Aramark brings some of their signature samples to fans who are safe at home this year.
Among the recipes shared by Wishon, two are fan favorites from Arrowhead Stadium, and she noted that homemade or prepared barbecue can work for either recipe.
The Arrowhead BBQ Stak features waffle fries topped with pepper jack cheese sauce, slow-smoked beef brisket, charred corn and sweet potato poblano relish, and roasted apple crunch. The Arrowhead Short Rib Melt boasts a braised short rib with caramelized onions and three types of cheese, sandwiched between Texas Toast.
Also on the website, there are several other specialty recipes for signature dishes served at NFL stadiums as well as Major League Baseball stadiums across the nation that are serviced by Aramark.
Visitors can cook along with the chef as Aramark Regional Executive Chef Glenn Richmond shares his game plan for recreating stadium recipes at home, with the help of easy-to-follow videos for buffalo chicken dip, potato pierogi with caramelized onions and beef brisket meatball sliders.
Home chefs can put a twist on game day classics, too. Take the Super Bowl Sunday spread in a new and unique direction with twists on classic stadium recipes. Some recipes that are packed with flavor and are a great compliment to a traditional menu included grilled Portobello mushroom burger with barbeque onions, homemade soft pretzel twists, veggie nachos and a chocolate chip blondie.
The executive chef urges everyone to play it safe and avoid the yellow flag, noting that safety is an important ingredient on any game day menu.
Follow these tips to stay safe in the kitchen:
∫ Wash your hands: Always wash your hands before starting to prepare food and in between tasks.
∫ Plan ahead: Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator for the recommended amount of time (for every 5 pounds of large frozen food, allow 24 hours of refrigerator thawing time).
∫ Cook to temperature: Cook raw meat products to the minimum internal temperatures as stated on the product packaging, by inserting a thermometer at several spots.
∫ Store and reheat safely: Leftovers must be cooled to below 70 degrees within two hours, and then to 41 degrees or below within four hours.
Aramark provides 13 teams of the NFL with food and beverage, retail or facilities services, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings.
For more game day tips and recipes, visit www.aramark.com/gameday and www.fyp365.com.