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February 10, 2023

Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake Cheer on the Teams While Enjoying Favorite Super Bowl Snacks

Category: Senior Living

Author: Delbert Robinson, Culinary Director

It all started on January 15, 1967, when the Kansas City Chiefs from the American Football League played the Green Bay Packers from the National Football League. Until this point, the two leagues were separated and considered rivals. They competed for fans and players and didn’t care for each other much. In 1966, the decision was made to merge by 1970, and in 1967 the first Super Bowl was played. It wasn’t until after the game that Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, came up with the term “Super Bowl.”

With the invention of the wooden-sided station wagon in 1930 came along a rear folding tailgate. Fans drove the station wagon to college football games, using the tailgate as a picnic table of sorts, and tailgating was born. Once portable grills and coolers were invented in the 1950s, tailgating took on a whole new vibe. Cold beer and ribs replaced sandwiches and red wine. Then, in the 1970s, the car culture took hold and stadiums were relocated out of inner cities to the suburbs where there was ample parking, and the tailgating experience that we know today was cemented into our culture.

In honor of Super Bowl LVII, the culinary team here at Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake will be celebrating the big day with Buffalo wings, house-made French onion dip, and chips. As Culinary Director I’ve prepared a lot of different items, but my favorite Super Bowl snacks are Buffalo wings, a favorite anytime.

I make my own hot sauce each year with peppers from my garden. My hot sauce recipe is one of the very few recipes that are my secret. I only make minor variations year-to-year, depending on the garden yield.

Chicken wings used to just be discarded or used as scrap trimmings to make chicken stock. It wasn’t until 1964 when the owner of Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York put wings on the menu for patrons. But the real question is Bleu Cheese or Ranch?

If you’re in the area, stop by to celebrate the big game with us! And if you can’t make it, check out our social media pages to see the great snacks we made and the awesome time we had watching the game!

VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near UH St. John Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Avon with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Meadowood Golf Course, Crocker Park, Clague Playhouse, Porter Library, Westlake Rec Center, Sibling Revelry Brewery, Bradley Woods Reservation, Huntington Reservation, and White Oaks Restaurant.

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