A lot of eyes are looking toward next Sunday. Sure the Eagles face the Patriots (go Birds!) but more importantly, it's one of the biggest snacking days of the year.
Online marketplace offers.com broke down the stats on snack preferences based on a survey of more than 1,000 consumers. (Note: The percentages factor in multiple answers, meaning the totals may exceed 100 percent.)
The average consumer spends $51.68 on Super Bowl-related purchases like food and party gear (up 40 percent from the $37 average last year).
For favorite foods, pizza and wings tied at 38 percent each, followed by nachos (27 percent), dip (25 percent), chili (14 percent) and barbecue (13 percent). Other options accounted for 2 percent.
Speaking of dips, queso was No. 1 at 28 percent, followed by guacamole (26 percent), ranch (24 percent), spinach (20 percent), Buffalo chicken (19 percent), seven-layer (18 percent) and other (3 percent).
Those ordering pizza usually go for pepperoni (48 percent) or cheese (45 percent), with sausage and mushroom (32 percent each) not far behind, rounded out by onion and black olive (21 percent each).
Offers.com also broke down preferences by state, finding those in California prefer cheese pizza (46 percent), Buffalo sauce on their wings and guacamole on the side (44 percent). Thirty-six percent of Californians watch the Super Bowl for the game itself, while 21 percent care more about the halftime show and 19 percent are most excited about all the food. (Count The Dish firmly in that 19 percent.)
Along with store-bought or home-made snacks, plenty of restaurants are offering dining deals and to-go catering options like Moo Creamery. They're selling seven-layer dip, caramelized onion dip with sweet potato chips, chili con queso (cheesy mornay sauce with meaty Moo chili) as well as Mexican shrimp cocktail, build-your-own pulled pork sliders and more.
For something really special, J & M's Bar and Grill will host its sixth annual SuperBoil.
Before the game, attendees can snack on a famous Cajun boil featuring all you can eat split king crab legs, shrimp, mussels, sausage, corn and potatoes. Admission ($50) also includes appetizers and desserts as well as two raffle tickets. Prizes include a television, 10-person personal crab boil and J & M's shirts and gift certificates.
The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 but happy hour is all day with beers, house wines and well drinks for $3.
Reservations are required by calling 589-3042. J & M's is at 10801 Rosedale Highway.
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Honors for Murray Family Farms
What's sweeter than the citrus growing at Murray Family Farms? News that the local business was honored by the North American Farm Direct Marketers Association as part of its annual convention.
Representatives from the membership-based nonprofit trade association for farm-direct marketers and agri-tourism operators will visit the Bakersfield farm on Feb. 2, led by longtime NAFDMA executive director Charlie Touchette. The visit is part of the 33rd annual Farmers Inspired Convention.
Visitors will taste fresh produce from the fields, enjoy the tractor tours that have made Murray Family Farms a local landmark and sample "Okie pies," a signature dish that accounts for the success of the farm's Cal-Okie Kitchen. The goal is for guests to take note of the structure and execution of Murray Family Farms, and learn how to adopt some of those features to strengthen their own operations.
Head down to Rio
On Monday, Rio Açai Bowls will open a new, drive-through spot at 3650 Gosford Road (previously home to Robot Yogurt). This is the fourth location for the superfood berry bowl business, which moved from farmers markets to its first brick-and-mortar at 1914 Chester Ave. in 2015. The other locations are at 2720 Calloway Drive #C and 1915 Fulton St. in Fresno.
Where's the beef? These places
Eureka! Burger will introduce a Santa Carota Beef dry-aged burger on Feb. 8. The dish, made from the grass-fed, carrot-finished cattle raised in the area, will be served not only at the Bakersfield restaurant but also in Hawthorne, San Diego and Las Vegas.
Locale Farm to Table also now serves Santa Carota Beef and Cafe Med, KC Steakhouse and Temblor Brewing Co. have also previously featured the local product.
New and different
Starting Wednesday, The Habit Burger Grill will add a slightly lighter option to the menu: the sesame ginger salad ($7.99). Fresh greens tossed in a sesame ginger dressing with carrots, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, edamame beans and crunchy wonton strips can be topped with either chargrilled chicken or sushi-grade ahi tuna and a tangy teriyaki sauce. ... Rosemary's Family Creamery added to its flavor lineup with a strawberry cheesecake ice cream. ... Starting Monday, Olive Garden is serving loaded pasta chips, an Italian twist on nachos swapping tortilla chips for lightly fried pasta chips topped with Italian cheeses, a meat sauce with chicken, meatballs and sausage, cherry peppers and an alfredo drizzle. They're available through April 1. ... Jumbo shrimp returns to Del Taco on Thursday.