Last night, the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots and solidified their spot playing against the Carolina Panthers (who beat the Arizona Cardinals) in Santa Clara in two weeks (did you get all that?). And while we have your game day snacks covered—have you seen this vegetarian muffulatta?—we're never one to turn down an excuse to cook up a storm.
For the next two weeks, we'll be showing our team allegiances via food. Here are three city-themed drink and food pairings, whether you're rooting for the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, or even the Bay Area (because who doesn't love a good chowder?):
Denver's a mountain town and home to foods that sate after a day of hiking and skiing, like the smothered hamburger burger (hat-tip to The Original Chubby's for this beautiful invention). It's also home to hundreds of craft breweries, so it's safe to say Denver-ites know their beer. Celebrate the Broncos with a beer cocktail and a recipe from one of our favorite Denver-natives, long-time Food52 community member savorthis's beef jerky.
Panthers are not—contrary to popular belief—from southwestern China. They're from Charlotte, North Carolina. (Stick with us on this terrible joke—it will lead to good food, we promise.) Eat as the Carolinians do with comfort food like ribs and a gimlet to wash it all down. (Aren't you glad you stuck around?)
The Bay Area
The 49ers may not have advanced too far this year, but it doesn't mean it's too late to show your support for the Bay Area! This year's game is going to be held in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, a suburb of San Francisco. To us, this means seafood chowder and, in honor of the anticipated rain (or at least the way the Golden Gate bridge looks every morning before the clouds lift), a Dark and Stormy.
How will you be rooting (and cooking) for your team? Tell us in the comments below!