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The 5 Must Try Dishes That Will Be Available At the Super Bowl

At this point, football is only 50% of the Super Bowl. The NFL’s championship game is larger than life. It’s more of a cultural event, with celebrities and the press descending upon the host city seemingly straight from the Grammy’s and tickets going for, at the very least, thousands of dollars. So, it makes sense that the menu for the game would be larger than life as well. 

This year, Centerplate, a food and beverage company that serves entertainment venues around the United States, is in charge of creating a menu for this Sunday’s game at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. Led by national executive chef Carmen Callo, the Centerplate team has created a menu heavily inspired by Miami’s seasonal offering and its Latin heritage. 

Though there will be traditional gametime offerings like popcorn and Bud Light (and for a steal, at $5/can, at that), Centerplate has focused on making the menu a bit more elevated than your typical stadium food. This means bigger plates, better quality, and bolder flavors.

Check out our top five picks for what we’d grub out on if we were going to the big game:

Skewered Pork Kan-Kan

Kan-Kan is the pork equivalent to a tomahawk steak and, clearly, is just as visually striking as it’s bovine counterpart. Centerplate’s is marinated in a spice mix of annatto, sazon, and chimichurri, making for a South Beach blend of spice, zest, and umami.   

Key Lime Pie Milkshake

The Key Lime Pie Milkshake takes its inspiration from the pie stemming from the Florida Key’s iconic tiny limes. This vanilla milkshake is topped with fresh whipped cream, a candy gummy, a cherry, and an entire piece of key lime pie proving that, apparently, the only thing better than one dessert is two.

South Florida Seafood Paella

Key West shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, lobster stock, and Valencian bomba rice meet in one of Spain’s most iconic dishes. While this may not be directly Miami-inspired, Centerplate has added a secret mix of spices that draw from the Keys that bring the dish in line with the rest of the menu.

18” Cuban Dog

A Miami menu would be incomplete if there wasn’t a cubano-based dish. This foot-and-a-half long hot dog is covered in mojo pork, mustard, Swiss cheese, and pickles, as it attempts to recreate the famed Cuban sandwich.

Custom NFL Bon Bons

These minute chocolates were specially made for this year’s Super Bowl, as they feature unique decorations inspired by the 12 teams that made the playoff push for February 2nd’s game. I’m not going to lie, if I had these in my possession, there’d be less eating and more sneaking away in my pockets to keep as a relic.

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These NFL and MLB Stadiums Consistently Served Up Expired and Moldy Food to Fans

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The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs are poised to make a playoff push this season, but it looks like the folks selling the food at their stadium aren’t putting in the same type of effort.

According to ESPN, the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, along with their baseball-playing next-door neighbors at Kauffman Stadium, have served fans expired food, stored food at unsafe temperatures, and have even shared the kitchen with cockroaches and mice.

A food service called Aramark provides the food for the two Kansas City stadiums and have caught some heat after employee Jon Costa shared some unsavory photos of the kitchen practices. Costa was the district safety manager for Aramark and with a title like that, you’d think he’d be the guy to fix this kind of thing. He instead took a bunch of pictures and went to ESPN with them.

The photos he provided showed expired dates on pizza dough that was still served, moldy hot dogs and buns, and mice feces near pizza dough. The work areas were just as bad, as photos showed dead cockroaches in vending areas, food not being stored at safe temperatures and trash completely blocking off employee hand sinks.

“I think it says, ‘Hey, we can sell any substandard food that we want.’ What else are they going to do? How far are they going to go?” -Jon Costa

Mark Bruno, Chief Operating Officer for Aramark, said that immediate action was taken when these health concerns were brought up and even low-key made it seem like Costa is a crazy dude looking for attention.

Either way, the pics are out and these are some of the things that have been found at the Chiefs and Royals stadiums:

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Some Pizza Dough With a Dash of Mice Feces

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Cockroach Parties in Vending Areas

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An Impossible Mission to Try and Wash Your Hands

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How Fellow Employees Feel About Food Safety

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Keep digging into those stadium hot dogs, player.

H/T+PicThx ESPN