Here we are in week 15, and with only two more weeks in the regular season, the playoffs and Super Bowl are fast-approaching. In our own score, we have predicted seven food-based wins, and have suffered four tragic losses. This week, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears are taking center stage and facing off with their own tasty fare. With both teams’ concessions run by Sportservice, let’s see who takes this week’s gastronomic title.
Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, located in Green Bay, Wis., is the oldest NFL stadium still in operation, according to the Packers organization. With its latest renovations completed in 2003, the stadium now seats around 73,000, and the field, installed in 2007, is made of root-zone sand and Kentucky blue grass with a heating system to keep the ground from freezing during brutal Wisconsin winters. But now, onto the food.
The Lambeau Heap at Lambeau Field. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Food at Lambeau Field cannot be discussed without first mentioning Curly’s Pub. Named after Curly Lambeau (like the field itself), the first head coach and team leader of the Green Bay Packers, the bar/restaurant nearly spans the length of the football field. The best part about Curly's is that during home games it's open ONLY to ticket-holders, meaning its offerings count for this week’s food matchup. At Curly’s, "The Lambeau Heap" is the main attraction. It is a 1-pound barbecue garlic bacon curd burger, piled high with fried onion strings and creamy coleslaw on a pretzel roll and served with waffle fries and yet more coleslaw. In the "Fan vs. Food Combo", any fan who finishes the giant burger, as well as an order of fries and a milkshake, receives a T-shirt that reads "I survived The Lambeau Heap."
Lambeau Field's Pack 'n Cheese. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Other unique items at the stadium include "Pac 'n Cheese," homemade macaroni and cheese that is topped with Buffalo chicken, chili, or diced bratwurst; Wisconsin Nachos, waffle fries topped with diced bacon, nacho cheese, sour cream, and chives; the Packer Pride, a foot-long brat, split open and stuffed with a hot dog (what?!), and then wrapped in bacon; and hand-breaded cheese curds.
Hand-breaded, fried cheese curds at Lambeau Field. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
The cheese curds also take a spot on the most-popular list, along with the foot-long hot dogs and brats, grilled fresh and topped with sautéed onions or sauerkraut. Other popular stadium partnerships include Johnsonville Brats and DiGiorno Pizza
Healthier options at the stadium include the veggie and turkey burgers, as well as a selection of gluten-free hot dogs, beef brisket, and barbecue pork.
Packers fan? Check out our Green Bay Packers Margarita Recipe.