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Houston’s Super Bowl Menu

NRG Stadium’s Food Gets a Huge Upgrade for the Big Game

BY // 01.25.17

When thousands of sports fanatics descend upon Houston for next week’s Super Bowl, Aramark — the food service company responsible for feeding 17 NFL teams’ more than 6 million fans — will be the force behind the diverse fare showcased at NRG Stadium, and it’s not a task they’re taking lightly.

“We’ve been working closely with the NFL and our partners to deliver a one-of-a-kind dining experience that complements the action on the field with a variety of unique and innovative hospitality offerings,” says Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark’s sports and entertainment division.

So what can fans expect to devour at the biggest sporting event of the year? If you’re thinking typical game day hot dogs and burgers, you’re mistaken. Super Bowl LI will boost a Texas-sized menu that channels the spirit of H-Town, showcasing regional flavors designed to offer out-of-towners a taste of Houston’s broad food landscape.

“Houston is in the midst of a culinary renaissance, and we’re doing our best to display that at NRG. The menu represents the tastes of Houston. So we’ve got James Beard award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, pit master Ronnie Killen, and acclaimed Texas chef Grady Spears all contributing to dishes,” Aramark district manager Joel Nash says.

Led by NRG’s senior executive chef Mark Cornish, the special Super Bowl menu features nearly 50 Texas-inspired bites. Game day grub includes concessions standouts such as Chris Shepherd’s jalapeño cheese dog fashioned with 44 Farms beef and jalapeño bacon jam; barbecue king Ronnie Killen’s burnt end sandwich, brisket sandwich, and stak fries; and chef Grady Spears’ loaded steak sandwich.

Super Bowl LI‘s teams — the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots — also receive a culinary shoutout with the ATL Fried Chicken Stak, waffle fries topped with buttermilk fried chicken, peach marmalade BBQ sauce, and sour cream; and the Beantown Griller, a slow-cooked pot roast sandwich served with a side of bacon-infused baked beans. Also available is the Bayou City Banh Mi 51 — loaded with grilled fajita steak, avocado, and picked veggies. This is a special sandwich created by student chefs Dominique Jackson, Michelle Jackson, and Vivian Romero of HISD’s Westside High School.

Suite holders and club members will have access to a bevy of posher fare including Texas surf and turf, short rib grilled cheese, drunken pear salad, a shrimp and crab bucket, maple-crusted tenderloin, smoked meatballs, and Nutella empanadas and churros.

If you weren’t able to snag a ticket to Super Bowl Sunday, you can still experience a few specially created food items at the George R. Brown Convention Center’s NFL Experience. Lookout for standouts such as the overtime waffle nachos, house-smoked bbq turkey sandwich, make-your-own mac and cheese bowl, and the 100 Yard Sub.

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