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How to Host a Football Bash with Style

It's football season and we're here to help you win game day, no matter who's playing.

It’s that time of year. The holiday rush has ended, the weather is still locked in the death-grip of winter, the kids are back in school and you have until at least February 13th to worry about Valentine’s Day. January is about football without distractions or reason to change out of sweatpants and an old jersey.

Tailgating has become as much a sport as the game itself, with Sunday afternoons acting as a showcase of one’s hosting capabilities.

With Super Bowl 50 on the horizon, it’s time to be the gladiator you were meant to be. That person who, when it’s 20 minutes to game time, has a line outside their door of friends and strangers who heard you make those famous braised beef tacos.

It’s the Big Game. It’s time to be a hero.

  1. 1

    Give the Delivery Guy a Break

    With only two teams getting to play the most venerable of Sundays, there’s a 15-out-of-16 (or 93.75%) chance your team is not in the Super Bowl this year.

    While you can’t control the game, you can control the mood of your Super Bowl party with these 8 recipes tailored for the perfect game day snacking. That way whether the game turns out to be a dud, or a freak stadium power outage in the middle of the 3rd quarter suddenly leaves your guests having to make extended awkward conversation, you can keep your crowd focused on what really brings us together: pulled pork sliders.

  2. 2

    Beer & Football Pairings

    We all know the feeling of being paralyzed by the seemingly endless walls of craft beer that populate stores these days, all with puns for names that offer no hints for what to buy.

    We’ve gone straight to the source and asked some of America’s most innovative brewers to tell us their favorite beers to bring to game-day gatherings. To avoid prejudicial treatment, we allowed them to pick one of their own beers and name a favorite rival beer for good measure. Snacking recommendations included.

  3. 3

    Make the Spread

    Don’t be the host that just throws a $.99 bag of potato chips into a salad bowl and calls it a day. Be the master of your culinary domain with these delicious yet simple Super Bowl favorites. After all, friends don’t let friends serve something out of a cellophane bag when there’s a whole world of food just waiting to be stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto.

  4. 4

    Vegetarians Can Skip This One

    The cornerstone of any great tailgating party: the esteemed burger. Everyone’s got their favorite personal recipe, but it’s time to up your game. Find burger inspiration with these 5 innovative recipes from renowned chefs around the country.

  5. 5

    Q+A with Dan Marino and Damon Huard

    Yes, it’s been hard to enjoy any Super Bowl since 1999, when Dan Marino hung up his helmet, officially ending the record-shattering quarterback’s chances of earning a coveted ring of his own. It’s been rough watching the game every year knowing we’ll never see the quick-release legend get another shot at the title. Your pain is felt by many. Many.

    Not content just relaxing in Miami while retelling stories of the Clock Play, Dan The Man has started his own wine label with his former backup QB, Damon Huard (who you may also remember as absolutely deserving the starting position over Jay Fiedler after Marino’s retirement).

    Passing Time Winery put out its first release last year, a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that earned a solid 93 points from Wine Enthusiast, and a spot on our coveted Cellar Selections list. Bring a bottle to your party this year and help take Danny back to the Super Bowl one more time.

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    Wines For Tailgating

    Lastly, leave the Four Loko to Johnny Manziel. The Super Bowl only happens once a year and you deserve to treat yourself to a better class of booze for the occasion. We’ve rounded up a selection of reds, whites and sparkling wines especially suited to tailgating. They’re assured to be just as tasty from the comfort of your couch.

Published on January 18, 2016
Topics: Entertaining, Popular Recipes
About the Author
Dylan Garret
Associate Digital Editor

A veteran of New York City’s bar and restaurant scene, Garret has lived, breathed and sweated spirits for more than a decade, working as a bartender and beverage director at establishments ranging from Michelin-starred eateries to local Brooklyn pubs. Joining Wine Enthusiast in 2015, he has very strong opinions on proper cocktail garnish. Email: dgarret@wineenthusiast.net


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