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Get Your Bar Ready for the Super Bowl

We’re just two weeks away from Super Bowl 52, and chances are your bar or pub will be the place to be for many pigskin-loving patrons. Of course everyone is going to want people to choose their establishment, so you’ll want to make sure your business stands out. Here are a few ideas to try!


Nothing grabs the attention of a customer more than the potential of winning free stuff. “I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WIN A MONTH’S SUPPLY OF CHEESE PUFFS!” Create some giveaways or raffles for your customers. You can reach out to local businesses to see if they want to help sponsor your prizes, which allows for a nice cross-promotion for you both. Another option is to reach out to liquor distributors and offer samples of their beers or liquors. Again, the goal is to get the customer in the door, and freebies are pretty hard to pass up.

Themed Menus

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Photo Credit: traveloriented/Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Another fun thing you can do is create a special menu for the big game. Tailgate food is a great idea to consider, whether it’s hot dogs, wings, burgers, you name it. You could even set up a buffet and charge a flat rate for your customers to eat from it as opposed to your a la carte menu.

Have fun with your menu items! You can create fun themed dishes to feed your diners. Once the teams have been decided, create a menu around the team names or players (for example, “Belichick-en wings”).

In-Game Promotions

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Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

During the game, keep things lively by creating promotions that tie into the game. For example, offer a certain drink special during the first quarter only. Maybe serve free popcorn at halftime. Or after the game, whichever team wins, one of their themed appetizers is offered at half price the rest of the night. Keep your customers engaged and willing to stay and spend their money at your place with these in-game promotions.



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Chefs' Night Off Indy

“Goonies Never Say Die” Chefs’ Night Off Indy June 2015

Chefs’ Night Off Indy held their June 2015 event on Monday June 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Sinking Ship in Broad Ripple, Ind. The theme “Goonies Never Say Die” had an unprecedented menu that certainly did not disappoint.

This ongoing series of “pop up” dinners is organized by RJ Wall, bar manager of The Hi-Fi, and Andrew Whitmoyer, executive chef of Thunderbird, and put on by well-respected restaurants in Indiana. The goal is to give culinary experts creative freedom and enable them to cultivate the food scene and community. So whether you are a Hoosier chef, line cook or foodie, getting tickets to an upcoming Chefs’ Night Off should be on your radar.

Chefs' Night Off Indy menuThe exceptional team of chefs involved with June’s event included:

The dinner was paired with beer from Scarlet Lane Brewing Company.

This communal style event began with an amuse consisting of smoked and confit peanuts. Shortly after, the first course began with “Walk the Plank” chicken hearts served on a wooden plank, topped with pesto and paired with a boiler maker consisting of a Sailor Jerry Rum shot and Lenore pale ale.

The second course, sword fish collars, was served with cous cous, kimchi, hummus and a spicy yogurt dip.

The final course included deep fried suckling pig with green tomato salsa verde, mustard slaw, chow chow, hot pickled relish, house fermented hot sauce, creme fraiche and corn bread.

As for dessert? “White Trash” twinkie tiramisu was served, which consisted of twinkies soaked in Jack Daniels whiskey then topped with cocoa powder and chocolate syrup.

RJ Wall Chefs' Night Off IndyPrior to each course, each of the chefs shared what the item was and other details about their vision for it.

Everyone involved in this Chefs’ Night Off Indy, from the organizers and incredibly talented chefs to The Sinking Ship staff, were incredibly hospitable. The event was enjoyed by all.

Proceeds from the event go to support Project Endure.

Chefs’ Night Off Indy is a great chance for culinary artists to work together and share ideas. The unique menus presented at each of these events are inspiring and gives others ideas for their own restaurants.

The meals are not fine dining and all food is as locally sourced as possible, with only a few exceptions when absolutely necessary.

Details about upcoming events can be found on the Chefs’ Night Off Indy Facebook page.