Da Super Bowl and Dem Saints!
Having been a standup comedian for 14 years, I am always entertaining at someone else’s party, never hosting my own and sometimes I just want to do it my way. But no matter what in this world is happening, I do throw one party a year and it’s a Super Bowl party. This year I think I am a genius. Since I couldn’t decide which cocktails to prepare for my very assorted guests, I decided to run with a food and beverage competition theme Colts vs. Saint’s. Hardly fair you say… Well so be it! The deck is rigged!
I enjoy well-made, balanced cocktails, but am not a mixologist, nor do I want to bartend during the party at which I will undoubtedly be toasted (tried that, it doesn’t work). So I started by selecting one punch to represent the Colts, the Pony Negroni and one (just one you ask?) for the Saints: this year’s simple, fast and easy to replenish Who Dat? Punch, similar to a Planter’s Punch and featured on this website with video and recipe.
Still not finished with entertainment brilliance, I divided my very large dining room table down the middle and made one side all blue tin cowboy plates and a bucket with a ladle while the other side brandishes a polished copper fleur de lis, crystal punch bowl and Grandmother’s painted Japanese Kent china with the gold borders that can’t be put into the dishwasher.
The menu is just silly since I discovered long ago that people want Super Bowl food at a Super Bowl party. Thus, the two combatants shall be represented by decorated favorites: man-sized Colt burgers with a little horseshoe branded onto the bun with a jerry-built heated cookie cutter, Frisky Filly potato salad, bacon and blue cheese coleslaw. For the Nola side, it could quickly get out of hand so deliberately I am keeping it simple with some Cajun Fried Chicken (and I mean fried) a Crab Meat Imperial (crab meat with a Creole mayonnaise sauce) in artichoke bottoms then baked and served hot which I unearthed from my Commander’s Palace New Orleans Cookbook by Ella and Dick Brennan, circa 1984. The guests know what I am preparing and anything else under the sun they want to bring then they just can bring it on. I am done.
One of the first lessons of being a standup comic is to know your audience and prepare and adjust accordingly. The same can be said for throwing a party. Just like comedy, you are going to adjust to them in your preparation then set the tone and let the event unfold as it may.
Here in Los Angeles, since everyone is from somewhere else and since we have no football team at the pro level, this is a who knows who will be rooting for whom event. It’s never the same people, but I do throw this party every year and I am going to keep on throwing it until they stop me, see Brett Farve and thanks Brett! Sure was nice of you to give us the ball back at the end like that.
Here are the Pony Negroni Punch ingredients:
15 ounces Campari
10 ounces Flor de Cana 7 Yr Nicaraguan Rum
7.5 ounces Cinzano Rosso
10 ounces Fresh Grapefruit juice
2.5 ounces Honey
Fresh lemon juice
Combine fresh lemon juice of 10–14 lemons and a tablespoon of cloves into a container and freeze. Combine ingredients in a large punch bowl and add the large flavored ice block.
(Created by mixologist Jon Gasparini of Rye on the Road)
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- From our lovely guest blogger Georgia Ragsdale. From Texas, but we try not to hold that against her.