Today is a national food holiday, although for chickens it’s another story.
“The Super Bowl is the second largest food centered occasion of the entire year, behind Thanksgiving,” said Price Chopper spokeswoman Mona Golub.
People will gather today in their living rooms, meet friends at a sports bar or even skip the game entirely to attend an anti-Super Bowl party — but food will be a common bond. It could be a homemade chicken wing dip centered on the coffee table, a plate of nachos at the bar or wine, cheese and beer at the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar on Second Street in Troy.
Many people will have their food prepared for them, whether its picking up barbecue from three different sites in Montgomery County serving Brooks House of BBQ, eating at restaurant with at least a handful of big screen televisions or ordering food ahead of time from supermarkets or specialty stores to eat at home.
Price Chopper is expecting to prepare more than 900,000 wings, almost 100,000 pizzas and sandwich platters for fans to dine on before tonight’s game, during the action and when Beyonce takes center stage. The regional food chain is also filling the aisles and shelves with beer, soda, snacks and a week-long steak sale.
And just like Thanksgiving, all the Price Chopper locations will be open today to handle any rush of customers looking for a dip or soft drink before kickoff.
Golub said people have been placing orders in advance of the game all week, especially a pizza and wing package. Experience leads her to believe that many people will still be ordering food this morning.
At the Roma Foods location in Latham, operator Frank Bolognino and his staff were preparing specials on Saturday.
For the big game they’ll be offering party sub sandwiches, that range from 2 feet to 6 feet, will prepare about 100 dozen wings, of the boneless and regular variety, at least 300 pounds of beef chili and more than 200 pounds of pulled pork. All of these products, including strip steaks and littleneck clams, are part of promotions Roma Foods is offering.
“Ever since we’ve been open on Sunday, which has been about 30 years, we’ve done the Super Bowl,” said Bolognino. “I like to treat it as a holiday.”
Most of their orders come in advance, with customers having a good feel for the company’s routine.
He added that they try to do something unique, like offering fresh crunchy bread from Nino’s Bakery in Albany. Roma Foods also has a Saratoga Springs location that is open today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In advance of the Super Bowl, the Niskayuna Co-op offered a week of sales, which culminated in special samplings on Friday and Saturday. But don’t worry, because the deals continue today across all their varieties of food.
Bolognino’s own Super Bowl plans consist of a quiet night with his wife. He likes wings, but their meal usually consists of a Delmonico steak, potatoes and salad. “We try to time it for halftime,” he said.
Golub likes to spend her Super Bowl holiday hitting up a few different gatherings, which gives her a chance to see friends and family. “I do what most others do,” she said, “enjoy other’s company, a good game and food.”
She likes a variety of finger foods, but this year is looking forward to a party that is focusing on soups.