Whether you tune-in to watch play-by-play, half-time entertainment, or the much-anticipated commercials, Super Bowl Sunday has everyone ready to rally for some prime time eating.
If you plan on hosting your own Big Game gathering, here are the stats on local restaurants and markets where you can pick-up fully-prepared, game-day grub for a crowd.
Whole Foods Market
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Football fare is sure to score points at your Big Game gathering, like this Wing Platter from Whole Foods Market.
Whole Foods Market in Palm Desert is gearing up in Super Bowl Style with specials and promotions throughout the store. Super Bowl Sunday will feature one-day sales on hot pizza, beer, chicken wings, guacamole and more. Platters of all varieties are available with 24 to 48 hours advance notice, and the in-store bar will be showing the game with $4 beer specials for fans dressed in team gear.
Jensen’s can provide a variety of platters prepared by their in-store deli. Specialty sandwiches, gourmet cheeses, buffalo wings, sushi, dips and more can all be ordered ahead to grab-and-go. With four locations spanning the valley, Jensen’s can make game-day party planning a breeze. Their full-service catering department can provide staff, equipment and alcohol if you want to make your Super Bowl bash extra-super.
760-325-8282 or 760-346-9393; www.jensensfoods.com
Manhattan in the Desert
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The sandwiches are piled high at Manhattan in the Desert.
With options like hot wings, foot-long sandwiches, smoked fish platters and fruit and vegetable trays, this local deli can prepare platters for crowds of 10 to 30 people ready for pick-up with advance orders. Have your guests bring the beer and get set for kick-off.
760-322-3354 for Palm Springs location/catering; www.manhattaninthedesert.com
Sherman’s Deli offers sandwich, meat, cheese and salad platters with a wide variety of options to please hungry football fans. Popular picks include the Mini Sandwich Platter, Meat & Cheese Platter and “monster” sandwiches like the Sloppy Stanley (loaded up with 13 pounds of rye bread and meats) or the Deli Circle on specially-baked Challah measuring 17 inches in diameter. Both enormous sandwiches will feed an entire football team of 12 to 16.
760-568-1350 for Palm Desert catering location; www.shermansdeli.com
Lori Cohen-Sanford is a private/personal chef, cooking class instructor and owner of Nourishfoods Organic Meal Services www.nourishfoods.biz. Her food column, Tastes Around Town, will appear weekly on Wednesdays. Have a story idea? You can contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @nourishfoodsps.