Events & Entertaining: Super Simple Big Game Snacks


Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 1/5/2010

Wines for Wings


WHITES: The sweetness of Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc complement spicier foods, providing the perfect balance of sugar and acidity to the heat of foods like chili and wings. Just how sweet is a matter of personal taste. Reach for a Riesling if you like sweeter wines, or sample Sauvignon Blanc if you prefer a dryer, crisper white.

REDS: Try these varieties to tackle with the spicy, bold flavors of your game day recipes, including sauces and dips. Consider a mellow Merlot, a Spanish Garnacha or a very velvety Carmenere, which is a cross between a Merlot and a Cabernet Franc.

Ideas for Game Day


Watching the game provides the perfect venue for a potluck supper. Most everyone has a favorite wing, ribs or dip recipe—let them show it off! Leverage the competitive spirit of the day and have a food contest at halftime complete with a prize like a chef’s apron or team jersey.

Create a condiments bar. Offer a dynamic mix of hot sauces, relishes, salsas, mustards and a variety of BBQ sauces like honey and mesquite.