Midstate Super Bowl parties feature out of the ordinary cuisine
Krista Kortum may be 2,700 miles from her native Seattle, but that doesnt diminish her love for her hometown team, the Seahawks.
Kortum, who retired from Robins Air Force Base and lives in Centerville, will be with her team in spirit when the Seahawks battle the Denver Broncos in Sundays Super Bowl.
This is only the second time theyve been to the Super Bowl in 40 years, said Kortum, referring to the Seahawks 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. I remembered when they opened the Kingdome. Ive always been a Seahawks fan despite some years not being as good as others.
Kortum will be watching the big game at a friends house, and she plans to give the party a distinctively Northwest flavor even if shes one of the few people wearing a Seahawks T-shirt.
Shes preparing a homemade smoked salmon dip made with alder-smoked king salmon from Seattle. Shell also bring Washington state apples served with Tillamook cheese from Oregon, as well as Almond Roca toffee candy from Tacoma. For drinks, shell serve Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling from the Columbia Valley.
And what Seattle-inspired meal wouldnt include coffee? In Kortums case, shes bringing a special beverage called a coffee nudge, which includes coffee, brandy, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao and whipped creme.
Its a popular hot beverage in the Northwest, she said. But people here have never heard of it.
Other Super Bowl parties in the area will have a Southern feel -- meat, more meat and lots of it.
In fact, football may only be the No. 3 sport or interest at Tom Bealls party this weekend.
Beall, 60, will be hosting his 20th anniversary softball reunion at his Monroe County cabin, to coincide with the Super Bowl.
Softball -- and memories on the field -- may dominate the conversation for Beall and his friends while the rest of the nation turns its attention to the gridiron. Beall won six national championships in softball and was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1990.
If softball or football arent on peoples minds for the get-together, then hunting -- or, perhaps, the fruit of that effort -- almost certainly will be.
Were going to serve rattlesnake salad, venison, wild hog, quail, dove, gator and Brunswick stew, said Beall, who noted there also will be barbecue chicken for those who cant handle the more exotic fare.
Were going to start cooking Thursday and go through the weekend. ... Most of it will be game that were hunting.
Beall said he suspects that most of the people attending his gathering will support the Broncos because two of their starters -- running back Knowshon Moreno and cornerback Champ Bailey -- played their college ball at the University of Georgia.
Pam and Arty Bird, of Macon, will take a bit of a gamble Sunday. No, not on the game itself.
Arty Bird saw a YouTube video touting the La Caja China Pig Roaster and decided to buy one for himself. The product boasts being able to roast an entire hog in four hours.
With more than 40 people already RSVPed to the Birds party, Pam Bird said she doesnt want a repeat of a Memorial Day get-together at Lake Tobesofkee, when partygoers tried to roast a hog but never quite got there. The new pig roaster performed well in a test run a couple of weeks ago.
Its a big, wooden box with the charcoal on top, she said. We cooked some Boston butt and chicken, and it seemed to work very well.
And if the new roaster fails in the bright spotlight of the party?
If it doesnt work, well try to find some other way to get it done, she said. Everyone has their grills. Well figure out a way to get it done.
Bird said she thinks most of her guests will be pulling for Denver because of quarterback Peyton Manning.
Kortum isnt surprised that her Seahawks will likely have fewer supporters across Middle Georgia. She watched the NFC championship game at a local sports bar.
It seems like everyone was cheering on San Francisco, she said. I was really happy when (Seattle cornerback) Richard Sherman batted it away to seal the victory.
Kortum said she believes her team has a good shot to win Sunday.
Im excited, she said. The first time they went to the Super Bowl, it was great, but I think this team has a better chance.
Of course, Peyton Manning is pretty awesome, but so is our defense.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 478-744-4334.