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February 10, 2023

The Wildwood Senior Living Cheer on the Teams While Enjoying Favorite Super Bowl Snacks

Category: Senior Living

Author: Trisha Ton, Culinary Director

It all started on January 15, 1967, when the Kansas City Chiefs from the American Football League played the Green Bay Packers from the National Football League. Until this point, the two leagues were separated and considered rivals. They competed for fans and players and didn’t care for each other much. In 1966, the decision was made to merge by 1970, and in 1967 the first Super Bowl was played. It wasn’t until after the game that Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, came up with the term “Super Bowl.”

With the invention of the wooden-sided station wagon in 1930 came along a rear folding tailgate. Fans drove the station wagon to college football games, using the tailgate as a picnic table of sorts, and tailgating was born. Once portable grills and coolers were invented in the 1950s, tailgating took on a whole new vibe. Cold beer and ribs replaced sandwiches and red wine. Then, in the 1970s, the car culture took hold and stadiums were relocated out of inner cities to the suburbs where there was ample parking, and the tailgating experience that we know today was cemented into our culture.

In honor of Super Bowl LVII, the culinary team here at The Wildwood Senior Living will be celebrating the big day with a platter featuring brisket, sausage, and wings from our smoker. Also, a dip plate with spinach artichoke dip with vegetables and fresh-made chips. As Culinary Director I’ve prepared a lot of different items, but my favorite Super Bowl snack is artichoke heart dip with vegetables.

The cheese in the dip is a lovely blend of smoked provolone, cream cheese, cheddar, and parmesan, combined with spinach, herbs, and artichoke hearts. For the meat platter we are firing up the smoker for hours and imparting that nice smoke into the various meats.

Spinach artichoke dip sprung into prominence in the American 50s. It was showcased as Americans departed the formal dining into more relaxed living room parties and dinners.

If you’re in the area, stop by to celebrate the big game with us! And if you can’t make it, check out our social media pages to see the great snacks we made and the awesome time we had watching the game!

The Wildwood Senior Living in Joplin, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Twin Hills Country Club, Northpark Mall, Grand Falls, Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center – National Audubon Society, Spiva Center for the Arts, and George Washington Carver National Monument.

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