Super Bowl XLVIII: A Green Stadium and Pop-Up Steakhouse

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Super Bowl XLVIII: A Green Stadium and Pop-Up Steakhouse

Hungry for the latest news about Super Bowl XLVIII? Find out why they're calling it "The Greenest Super Bowl Ever," how fans can get around the no-tailgating rule and where the hottest food-filled festivities will be.

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Due to security and space issues, there will be no tailgating allowed in the parking lot before Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. Attending fans can eat and drink in their car or within the confines of their parking space. “That means no lounge chairs, no grills, no kegs, no six-packs outside,” reports ESPN New York.

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The stadium has only 28,000 parking spots, more than half of which are designated for media and security. That leaves just about 13,000 spots for the anticipated 80,000 people coming to see the game on February 2.

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While it's hard to imagine football without tailgating, every Super Bowl since the September 11 attacks has enforced this policy "for security and traffic flow management purposes," says NFL's VP of Communication Brian McCarthy.

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For those seeking a traditional game-day experience, Parkwhiz offers parking spots in two conveniently located lots in New Jersey that allow tailgating. In addition, the town of Rutherford, home to MetLife stadium, and neighboring town Seacaucus are planning to host outdoor parties with food stands and heated tents.

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If you're lucky enough to be one of 10,000 guests invited to the NFL Official Tailgate Party at the Meadowlands Racetrack Grandstand, you can expect to eat plenty of delicious fare from local chefs. Newark, New Jersey-based caterer Vonda McPherson of Vonda's Kitchen, who is one of the chefs chosen for the VIP gig, likened the selection process to the television show Chopped.

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MetLife Stadium and its food service partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice just earned certification for meeting environmental standards set by the Green Restaurant Association. MetLife is the first stadium in the world to achieve this certification for green accomplishments like composting all kitchen scraps, donating all leftover food and having all excess kitchen oil be converted to biodiesel fuel.

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In fact, thousands of gallons of recycled cooking oil, collected from MetLife Stadium since last year, will be converted into heating oil to keep the tents outside the stadium warm during the Super Bowl.

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MetLife Stadium has over 200 on-site restaurants that can serve up to 100,000 people a day.

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In MetLife Stadium’s “Home Food Advantage” food court, the menu offers diverse offerings and dishes with local roots. Fans can eat American, Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisine. Club seat ticket holders can order sushi, beef tenderloin and blue crabcakes off the menu.

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Stadium executive chef Eric Borgia serves Italian-American fare, including his signature meatball sandwich that features his grandmother’s recipe. The meatballs, made with beef, veal, pork, fresh herbs and in-house ground breadcrumbs, are braised for four hours in tomato sauce.

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In the days leading up to Super Bowl, New York City will be hosting special events with tons of delicious food to celebrate.

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The NFL will open its first-ever pop-up restaurant called Forty Ate in the week leading up to Super Bowl. Located at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, the steakhouse will be run by Danny Meyer’s hospitality group and feature items like kale salad, a “Grid-Iron” burger with Vermont cheddar cheese and tomato jam and grilled skirt steak served with truffle shoestring fries.

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The 50 Yard Lounge is a five-day event in New York City that showcases the city’s most talented chefs, including Marc Forgione and Alex Guarnaschelli, and appearances by football legends. Each day features four quarters of themed food offerings like “NYC Bagel Breakfast Bash” and “Burger Bowl”.

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The 23rd annual Taste of the NFL is coming to Brooklyn this year. The “party with a purpose” aims to bring top chefs and NFL talent together to help raise money to fight hunger, and net proceeds are donated to Feeding America-affiliated food banks in each of the NFL cities with an emphasis on the Super Bowl host city’s food bank.

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With Super Bowl XLVIII on the horizon, MetLife Stadium continues to prepare for the hordes of football fans that will descend upon the stadium on February 2 to watch the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks. These fans will come hungry, not only for the game, but for the food.

That's why we've rounded up the latest news surrounding food at this year's Super Bowl, from delicious stadium eats, tailgating (or lack thereof) and the hottest food-filled parties in the city.

Check out the slideshow above to discover how MetLife Stadium's kitchens are going green, what's up with the no-tailgating rule and which Super Bowl parties will have the best eats.

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