Admittedly, I’m not much of a sports fan. While I do enjoy throwing back beers and hot dogs among a rowdy crowd, I never got into the whole face-painted, bare-chested, grunting aspect of sporting events. But Michael Mina is seeking to change all of that and perhaps intrigue a few sports skeptics — by which I mean me — with his fourth annual gourmet tailgate series at Levi’s Stadium.
How does a James Beard Award winning chef throw a tailgating party? During every home game, Mina’s Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub are transformed into an extravagant spectacle of dining complete with a two-story, 23-foot long rotisserie, mountainous seafood towers, decadent charcuterie and cheese boards, overflowing dessert buffets, passed cocktails and beer, and a liquid nitrogen sundae bar.
Good luck focusing on touchdowns when you’re digging into 250-pound slabs of Wagyu beef, jidori chicken, poached Gulf shrimp, Maine lobster rolls, hand-shucked Kumamoto oysters, and Alaskan king crab legs. New to the array this season are dry-aged whole-roasted prime beef racks, chirashi made with fresh fish and served over sushi rice with tamago and caviar, and a “Nanu Lu” station featuring grandma-style pizzas and meatballs. The ever-popular Diane’s Bloody Mary Bar is now available at each of the 15 bars throughout the venue as well.
One of the country’s top celebrity stadium chefs, Mina offers this lavish feast to Levi’s Stadium season ticket holders in over 8,000 square feet both indoors and out. He’s also invited guest chefs to create regional dishes for each of the opposing teams, which means you can sample 50 different game-themed dishes and signature cocktails created specifically for each game. To further distract you from your game watching (or as welcome entertainment in between quarters), tailgate participants can amuse themselves (and make their friends jealous) in a social media area outfitted with a photo booth with interactive backdrops and themed props.
During away games, 70 flat-screen televisions make Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub the perfect viewing venue. At kickoff, tailgate members will receive gourmet snacks like flavor-your-own popcorn to keep you occupied throughout the game. Post-game, take advantage of a reservation at Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub. Not for the faint-of-heart, Michael Mina’s Tailgate is certainly the flashiest way to enjoy the 2017-2018 football season. They can’t promise a 49ers win, but they can promise a VIP experience that’ll blow your neighbor’s Super Bowl party out of the water.
Sunday, Oct. 22, 1:05 p.m., vs. Dallas Cowboys
Featuring guests chefs Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group (Tribeca Grill, Nobu, Bâtard and Porsche Grille), with Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka from MW Hawaii.
Sunday, Nov. 12, 1:25 p.m., vs. New York Giants
Celebrity guest chef Charlie Palmer of the revered Charlie Palmer Group (Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Crimson & Rye, and Charlie Palmer at the Knick, among others), joins Frank Pelligrino Jr. and Dino Gato of Rao’s Restaurant Group.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 1:05 p.m., vs. Seattle
With Mark Canlis and Brady Williams of Canlis.
Sunday, Dec. 24, 1:05 p.m., vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Guest chef TBD.