Northeastern University, in Boston, avoided the cliché fabulous-yet-fatty foods of football watching and instead tried something new. Dining services teamed up with several on-campus health and wellness groups for The Super Bowl Kickoff, held in Northeastern’s Xhibition Kitchen. MVPs included Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and Ginger Glazed Chicken Wings with Mango Salsa.
However, watching football does call for some sweet treats, especially for New England this year. Victory tasted extra sweet for Patriots fans at Northeastern University, as they sampled these classic cookies to gear up for gameday.
On “Blue Friday,” (a day of celebration for Seahawks fans everywhere) the Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center pumped up excitement with special menu items, including “The BEEFmode Sandwich,” tender roast beef with chipotle chicken, topped with bacon, harvarti, three-pepper and colby Jack cheeses, caramelized onions and Cajun remoulade.
Also in the lineup for “Blue Friday” at the Virginia Mason Medical Center was The 12the MANwich, which is a hefty helping of smoked chopped pork topped with onion rings, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce.
The Super Chili Bowl Brunch at North Carolina State, in Raleigh, got the Wolfpack in the spirit by offering a variety of football foods, offered at two dining halls the morning of the big game.
NC State’s Super Chili Bowl Brunch also included the perfect pregame dessert: football cookies!
Dining at Microsoft & Meetings at Microsoft encouraged employees at the Seattle campus to go into “Beast Mode” with “Blue Friday,” held in The Commons. Raffles to win Seahawks gear, trivia contests, photo ops inside balloon towers, face painting and Seahawks-themed food (12th Man Cookies, anyone?) were offered. Employees were also encouraged to replace the customary “Hello” with “Go Hawks!”
The all-American hamburger got suited up for gameday with just about everything but the kitchen sink at Theological College, in Washington, D.C.
Dietary Director Connie Bishop (pictured) of the Aldersgate Retirement Community, in Meridian, Miss., donated her time (and smoker) to smoke pork butts for the 2nd Annual Smokin Super Bowl Pig Butts Fundraiser, put on by the Lauderdale County Council on Aging. Proceeds go toward free activities for area senior citizens.
A total of 304 8-pound pork butts were smoked at Aldersgate Retirement Community’s Smokin Super Bowl Pig Butts Fundraiser. That’s a lot of melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork.
Read more about the fundraiser here.
At Saint Francis University, in Loretto, Pa., customers got to enjoy the “deflated prices—not deflated footballs” gameday menu at Frankie’s, a retail concept. Wings and pizzas were available by themselves along with two combo boxes—The NFL Box with two cheeseburgers, two orders of chicken tenders and four fries sold for $17.99 and the Boneless Wings Basket with 10 boneless wings, four cheesy potato skins and nachos with cheese was $10.99.
Simpson Meadows, a senior living community in Downingtown, Pa., had a few fun events for residents, including a tailgate buffet before the game started and a snack buffet for independent living residents who were watching in the community room. Takeout specials were also available. Sous Chef Waverly Holmes (pictured), with Morrison Senior Living, prepared this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Fresh Basil Pesto for the community’s “Souper Bowl” event.
At the end of the day, and a nail-biting finish, it was the Patriots who won big. Here are some victorious Pats fans and Morrison Senior Living associates at Birch Hill, in Terrace, Manchester, N.H., at their Super Bowl party.