If you think going to the stadium is all about beer and hot dogs, guess again. As sports fans have gotten more sophisticated and ticket prices have risen, so has cuisine at sports arenas. That means you're as likely to see someone enjoying sushi or a single malt Scotch as you are a Budweiser. And, Dolphins fans looking for an ultimate culinary experience might be interested in attending a home game at Cefalo's Legends Suite at Sun Life Stadium.
The brainchild of Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett, who co-host the Eat This Drink That Go! radio show, heard locally on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. on WIOD and 100.3 FM, the suite allows football fans to enjoy upscale restaurant food and drink while watching the game from the best seats in the house. It's pricey, but that seems to be no deterrent since the seats are 90 percent sold out for the season.
At a recent game, chef Edward Lee was flown in from Louisville, Kentucky to prepare southern favorites like adobo fried chicken and pulled pork shoulder. The Top Chef semi-regular's 610 Magnolia restaurant is one of the finest in the south. Lee teamed up with Turnberry Isle Miami executive chef John Sexton to create a spread not usually seen at a football game.
Antipasti and deviled egg "taters" were passed, as people sipped a special punch made with Woodford Reserve while watching the game in air conditioned comfort. All in all, a pretty darn good way for the ultimate fan...of football and food...to spend one glorious day. To inquire about tickets, visit miamidolphins.com.
Upcoming games and restaurants at Cefalo's Legends Suite include:
November 17 - Dolphins vs. Chargers (Biscayne Tavern)
November 24 - Dolphins vs. Panthers (RA Sushi)
December 15 - Dolphins vs. Patriots (Tongue & Cheek)
December 29 - Dolphins vs. NY Jets (Turnberry Isle Miami)
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