Thanksgiving Day and the NFL are a perfect match — food and football go together like turkey and stuffing, like mashed potatoes and gravy, like family visits and a big glass of wine (or beer, for that matter). On a day so driven by food and drink, this matchup is more important than ever. So, in Week 12 of the NFL season we’ve chosen one game and one game only — two teams with in-office representation, and a ton of trash-talking and pride: the New England Patriots versus the New York Jets.
Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, is situated in Foxborough, Mass. The stadium can seat just less than 70,000 fans, and the Patriots have sold out every home game since the stadium's opening in 2002. Gillette Stadium has housed NCAA championships, Major League Soccer games, many concerts, and as of this year, University of Massachusetts football. Just this summer, the stadium underwent a complete concessions revamp, rebranding and updating all 38 permanent concession stands and introducing new and healthy options. While old favorites still exist, the menu now offers more options, as well as vegetarian and healthy selections.
Cheesesteak Sandwich at Gillette Stadium. Photo by flickr_Lorianne-DiSabato.
After the stadium’s concessions makeover, there is a mix of old and new in terms of the food offerings. Champions Brew Pub offers a host of premium beers along with Buffalo or barbecue wings and french fries. More standard game fare is served at Lighthouse Grill, along with cheesesteak sandwiches, handmade pizza, and grilled chicken sandwiches. Smokehouse Grill and Backyard Barbeque offer house-smoked barbecue and grilled options, featuring pulled pork, beef brisket, and pulled chicken sandwiches, barbecue ribs, flame-broiled half-pound Angus burgers, and cornbread and coleslaw sides. Papa Gino’s pizza is served at stadium pizza stands, along with other standard game day fare, and Tenders & Wings provides exactly what the name says, chicken tenders or Buffalo wings served with french fries. Italian sausage, served with peppers and onions in a hot dog bun, is also big at the stadium (and in all of New England), as are brats and hot dogs.
Gillette Stadium's Italian Sausage. Photo by flickr_Lorianne-DiSabato.
New Market Fresh Deli locations throughout the stadium offer a menu of healthy and vegetarian fare. Fruit, wraps, deli sandwiches, freshly prepared salads, and vegetables with hummus are all on the Market Fresh menu.