Four Food Strategies for a Game Day Win

When hosting a Super Bowl party there is a ton to consider. Providing food and drinks for guests, making sure the house is tidy, putting together an ample and comfortable viewing setup, and more go into preparing for the big party. It can be overwhelming and that’s why we are here to help. We’ve taken four food strategies from our playbook for easier shopping and preparation for the big game!  

 

1st Down: Catering 

Our catering services put you way ahead of the game. Offering a variety of foods that will delight even the toughest of critics.  From 6-inch subs and spicy meatballs; all the way to gourmet chocolate dipped cookies and banana cream pie, we have everything you need to make your party super! Simply set the date and time you would like to pick up and we will have it ready for you to take home. Your guests will be wowed with a professional food experience! Place an order for game day here: http://bit.ly/2NPL07E.

2nd Down: Recipes 

Take a look at our abundant recipes page for all the inspiration you need. Our wide variety of choices include something that will please everyone at your party! Simply filter through the categories to figure out what you’re looking for. Not sure what you want to cook? No problem! You can browse with ease. Search through mouthwatering game day ready recipes like baked buffalo cheese sticks, and when you find that winning recipe you can add all of those ingredients directly into your virtual shopping cart. From there, you can take advantage of our pick-up or delivery options. The recipes on our website are a great way to try something new with the assurance that it will be a flavorful bite to eat. 

Super Bowl party food including chicken wings, dips, and chips

3rd Down: Pick-up 

We understand how important your famous guacamole dip is to the success of your party, even when time is running low. Save time by submitting a grocery pick-up order on our website. Choose a time and location for pick-up, pay online, and park in one of our marked grocery pick-up parking spaces at your selected time. Once you submit your order, our in-store shopper navigates the aisles grabbing exactly what you need to make that tasty dish. Shoppers are trained to handpick the highest quality and freshest groceries to ensure your satisfaction. Learn more about grocery pick-up: http://bit.ly/38vG4wv.

4th Down: Delivery 

Scrambling late in crunch time hoping for a Hail Mary play? We’ve been there. That’s why we will deliver the food you need for the game! Hop onto our website and select the groceries that you need for the evening. Proceed to checkout, put in your address and what time you want the grocery items delivered. We will bring them right to your doorstep while you can relax and finish your last-minute cleaning. Learn more about grocery delivery: http://bit.ly/2Rm04MF

Family watching the big game!

These four strategies are here to help remove some of the stress that naturally comes with hosting friends and family. Regardless of the level of trouble you are currently in, we have a reliable, simple and smooth solution to bring you to a game day win. For more gameday ideas check out our Ultimate Big Game Savings or our Ultimate Big Game Youtube Playlist.

Happy hosting!

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The majority of holiday celebrations around the world involve indulging in delicious feasts; however, the foods we eat and the traditions we practice vary. In Italy, elaborate dishes are the center of everyday meals and are emphasized at Christmas! If you’re looking to expand your horizons this holiday season, use the following tips to host an Italian-inspired, multi-course meal that embraces age-old Italian customs and creates priceless (and delicious!) memories with friends and family.

The Christmas Eve meal is traditionally meatless – instead, Italians enjoy a diverse variety of fish, also known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Don’t let this seven-course feast intimidate you. Fill your menu with familiar, easy-to-prep dishes that take some heat off of the host. Shrimp Toasts and seafood spreads containing crab, salmon or salted cod are crowd-pleasing starters that are perfect for preparing in advance. For the main courses, pasta and stews symbolize iconic Italian classics. Shrimp Alfredo, seafood linguine with clams or mussels, cioppino and Bouillabaisse are all dishes that showcase succulent seafood beautifully. Maple-Walnut Crusted Salmon and Classic Lobster Rolls are additional impressive dishes that make a big statement in your seafood lineup.

Don’t forget dessert! Both light and fluffy, panettone and pandoro are two Christmas cakes that your guests won’t want to miss. Panettone is studded with raisins or candied fruits, and pandoro is a moist, bright yellow cake (traditionally star-shaped) that’s dusted with powdered sugar. Serve these sweet treats with sauces like caramel, chocolate or maple syrup.

To follow ancient Italian tradition, keep the table set after everyone is finished eating; it’s believed that the Madonna (Mary) and baby Jesus will come to taste the food. The Christmas season in Italy begins December 8th and ends January 6th – providing many opportunities to practice and experience these time-honored traditions.

Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  Scarey Pumpkins BOO! Did Halloween sneak up on you too? Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up I took every single excuse I could to wear a princess dress and ran with it. (I mean there was also the free candy thing, but who doesn’t love running around in a poofy ball gown?) Now that I’m 23 and trick or treating is no longer an option, more creative measures have to be taken to celebrate this spooky and sugar high inducing holiday. For adults, even those who are reluctantly adults, there a couple of fairly simple and budget friendly options that can be planned out in almost no time at all! The Scary Movie Marathon A movie marathon is an easy and fairly cheap way to get the spook factor in. Even though video rental stores are no longer a thing, RedBox sometimes has seasonal offerings and for around $1 a night you can’t really go wrong. Another option is to ask your friends to bring over their favorite scary movie DVDs if they have any. I personally don’t believe any scary movie marathon is complete without The Shining, a film from the Scream series, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. I am sure there are some horror aficionados out there who will disagree with me, but these are the scary movies I grew up not being allowed to watch, so obviously they became my favorites….well at least once they stopped giving me nightmares. Now for those who are feeling nostalgic I would recommend the Halloweentown series or Nightmare Before Christmas (or really anything done by Tim Burton since he has mastered the art of being creepy and awesome without being terrifying.) And there is simply no such thing as a Halloween movie marathon without Hocus Pocus. I don’t care what you are doing when Hocus Pocus is on TV, you sit down and watch. iStock_000048683394_MediumBut the pillowcase full of free candy is still missing. Now this is the true tragedy of growing up. What hits the sweet spot (see what I did there) is inviting your friends over for a spooktacular movie marathon with Halloween themed baked goods and snacks. One of my favorite Halloween time movie snacks is this sweet and salty popcorn recipe featuring peanut butter and the sugary goodness known as candy corn!  Now I have personally decided that the calories from candy corn consumed in October simply do not count. So I recommend adding it to as many snacks as possible such as Halloween themed trail mix and cupcakes. The Halloween Party Now if you do not think it is fun to watch movies that are meant to terrify you, a more low-key affair may be more your style. And by low-key I mean anything from a few friends over to a raging costume party. Halloween can also be the perfect excuse to throw a masquerade party(I’ve always wanted to go to a masquerade party so I’m just throwing that out there.) At any Halloween event costumes should be required, it does not hinder your cool factor to dress up, in my opinion it makes you more awesome, but let’s talk about planning this thing. No matter how extravagant your Halloween affair may be (or how big your party budget is) there are plenty of easy food and decoration ideas, using a lot of things you may already have around the house. Creepy pictures can be printed out and put into the frames you already have, and food dye can go a long way for making regular drinks look like something you’d find in the Haunted Mansion. Instead of having all the lights in your house on, save some electricity and use candles where you can.Black Label with Halloween Party on Wood Painting items is also a fairly cheap way to decorate, but is obviously more permanent. Using black paint on every-day items can go a long way in creating a spooky feel for your party. Try painting your pumpkins in addition to carving them and I’m sure you will win spookiest house on the block. (Plus make sure you save the pumpkin seeds while carving, you can bake them to make a tasty snack!) Whether it’s black painted pumpkins, frames, or other items, matte black paint can make decorations look eerily goth, but not childish (chalkboard paint is another cool option here, since you can then write and draw on the decorations as well.) As you may have guessed with my ramblings about the black paint, black is my go to decorating theme for Halloween (and let’s face it, for everyday life), but I’m also a girl who happens to love glitter. A can of black glitter spray paint costs around $4 and can be purchased at any home improvement or craft store. I personally believe that glitter can be added to almost any decoration depending on the feel you are going for with your party, but beware once you put glitter on one thing it will get everywhere, there’s just no stopping it. As always check out our Pinterest board for more holiday recipes and ideas!