Welcome to the second part of our Super Bowl foodservice series. If you missed the first part, click here to see how downtown restaurants have been impacted by the 10 day extravaganza that leads up to the Super Bowl.
Aside from restaurants, mobile food will play a very important role during this year’s Super Bowl events.
While there will be mobile food sites all over, the city has created a special opportunity just for food trucks and have set aside space just for them on downtown Indianapolis’ Monument Circle.
The trucks will be out from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday Jan. 27 through Sunday Jan. 29 and Thursday Feb. 2 through Sunday Feb. 5.
The space is available in two shifts, 11 trucks in the first shift, then 12 trucks in the second.
Duos Indy food truck is one of the trucks that will park on Monument Circle. Becky Hostetter, chef and a co-owner of Duos, said they are nervous and excited.
“For food trucks, we don’t really know how it will play out but we are planning on all goodness and light.”
One of the interesting aspects of their plans (as for many of the other food trucks and restaurants) has been the menu.
“We want to remain true to our brand and serve with speed, serve food that speaks to the guests and maintains integrity.”
The NY Slice is another truck to park on Monument Circle and said they have had to increase staff by 80 percent. They have also produced a second truck with two serving windows and two brick ovens inside.
With hundreds of thousands coming to Indianapolis, restaurants, hotels, etc., have worked extremely hard to make sure everyone that walks through their doors gets a meal. However, believe it or not, not all of the food is used.
That’s where local food rescue organizations like Second Helpings come in and rescue unused food and redistribute it to the hungry.
Ben Shine, communications and development manager at Second Helpings, said they were approached by the 1st & Green part of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee to rescue food during this year’s Super Bowl events.
He mentioned Super Bowl host committees started working with food rescue organizations three years ago at the Miami Super Bowl and that year alone rescued about 90,000 pounds of food.
Shine described rescued food as anything overstocked, over prepared or unused that has not yet been served to the public. It also must have only been handled by safe food handlers.
He isn’t sure how much they will rescue, but knows they certainly will. And as they are located in downtown Indianapolis, they have already developed relationships with several restaurants, hotels, etc., which will make the food rescue process much easier.
“There is not as big of a learning curve,” he said, as compared to cities where food rescuing isn’t common. “Restaurants will know how to store and take care of the foods.”
Also, to kick off Second Helpings’ involvement with the Super Bowl, they have joined together with local artists and chefs for the event “Souper Bowls 2012,” which will be held on Saturday Jan. 28.
Souper Bowls is a chance for the public to taste some of city’s best soups as well as meet with artists, chefs and members of the community to fight hunger in Central Indiana.
The events being held for the Super Bowl are endless–and extend far beyond Indianapolis’ downtown area near Lucas Oil Stadium where much of the action will take place.
OAKLEY’s Bistro is located on Indianapolis’ northwest side. Despite being 15 to 30 minutes from downtown (depending on how traffic behaves), they have had to make several adjustments to accommodate guests.
“We have a few larger parties coming in, companies that are entertaining, but for the most part we expect our business to come from hotels in our immediate area when people are deciding where to eat,” said Chris Hopkins, manager at OAKLEY’S.
Normally, OAKLEY’s is closed on Sundays and Mondays but will have special hours to be open on Sunday Jan. 29 and Monday Jan. 30. They will also be open on Super Bowl Sunday at 11 a.m. for a Champagne Brunch.
There are around 20 other areas and cities, some as far as 45 miles outside of Indianapolis, declared as Super Celebration Sites. Some sites are businesses while others are restaurants.
“Super Celebration sites are natural gathering places which provide opportunities for residents and visitors to get information about the many activities surrounding the Super Bowl,” their website said.
“The Super Celebration Site program is designed to connect Central Indiana regional communities hosting NFL fans and guests. Each site has housing for NFL guests and fans, a concentration of restaurants and other hospitality amenities and a collaborative group to plan and organize programming.”
Becoming a city set to host the Super Bowl is a great opportunity to showcase what a city has to offer. It’s a lot of work for all involved, but all the hard work pays off in both the short and long term.
Indianapolis sure has a lot to offer and it will be a great 10 days. We’ll be sure to follow up with the restaurants and food trucks mentioned, as well as Second Helpings to see how all events pan out.
If you have anything to share about your Super Bowl experience, whether it’s this year in Indianapolis or a previous year, let us know! We’d love to hear about it.