The last time Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl—January 26, 1992—the Twins had only months earlier won the World Series, “Wayne’s World” was throwing a party in theaters, Lunchables and locally owned Totino’s Pizza Rolls were popular snacks, and there was the infamous Zima clear malt beverage. On that day in 1992, the temperature outside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome reached a high of 26°F and, during the game, dropped to an even chillier 9°F. The memories from that year still hold a place in the hearts of many Americans and Minnesotans as our state prepares to host Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018. While we can’t predict what will happen in that game, we can plan for delicious food and drinks for football parties and beyond.
The idea of Lunchables is quite simple — a cracker as a vehicle for an assortment of meat and cheese. But you’ll want to step up your game beyond that prepackaged lunchbox staple. No true football party is complete without a cheese and charcuterie platter, and that is something Surdyk’s has perfected.
Our Cheese Shop features a delicious array of options to fit any palate, often including local products. Stock up on Northern Lights Blue, Shepherd’s Way sheep’s milk cheese, Gerhard’s Brats, Rustica Bread, Ames Farm Honey and Red Table Meats, just to name a few. Don’t feel like putting together your own tray? Have our Surdyk’s Catering team do it for you! Our antipasto board is loaded with Prosciutto di Parma and spicy salami served with rustic Italian cheeses, marinated vegetables, olives, fresh mozzarella skewers and sliced baguette.
The rise of Totino’s Pizza Rolls hits close to home. In 1951, native Minnesotans Rose Totino and her husband Jim opened a takeout pizzeria a few blocks from Surdyk’s. At their pizzeria, everything was homemade with the freshest ingredients, and they kept Northeast Minneapolis satisfied with their gigantic raviolis and party pizzas galore until its closing in 2007. In the 1960s, Rose Totino founded a frozen-pizza manufacturing company that sold to the local Pillsbury Company in 1975, which was acquired by General Mills in 2001.
For our pizza fans, we sell our house-made pizza dough and all the ingredients to make your favorite pie at home. Hosting a movie night at your place? Order Surdyk’s Catering mini calzones for your guests. Italian sausage, roasted red pepper and mozzarella or the vegetarian option of roasted vegetables, pesto and mozzarella are sure to please any crowd—complete with our rustic tomato dipping sauce. Surdyk’s Cheese Shop always has quick breakfast, lunch, dinner or party food for you to pick up on the fly. Bring home fresh salads, hot entrées and our soup of the day to warm you up on a chilly night.
Surdyk’s is also proud to offer Amazon Prime and BiteSquad’s impeccable delivery service that brings all your favorite alcohol right to your front door. You don’t even have to miss the commercials during the Super Bowl to run to the store. We will keep you and your guests in good spirits through the winter and beyond.
Zima, the “non-beer” distributed by Coors, led the way for clear malt beverages, and its limited re-release in 2017 brought the craze back to life with the help of popular Truly Spiked & Sparkling and White Claw. White Claw developed its beverages with the cleanest, gluten-free alcohol base possible, with all-natural flavoring and nothing artificial.
Have a thirst for wine instead? Just in time for Super Bowl XXVI, “60 Minutes” had aired a segment in the summer of 1991 about the “French paradox,” highlighting that if consumed in moderation, red wine could be healthy. At that time, Merlot emerged as the grape of choice. It was easy to pronounce and more fruit forward than many other varietals, making it easier and more pleasant for new wine drinkers to consume. Robert Mondavi bought into the craze, and Washington state was the biggest benefactor in its switch from cheap Rieslings to more expensive Merlots, producing the most Bordeaux-like Merlot made from North American vines.
Surdyk’s has come a long way since 1992 while staying committed to keeping the integrity of the retail game. We now have everything you need for cozy nights in, holiday parties and championship rivalries with VIP customer service. Here at Surdyk’s, as they say in “Wayne’s World,” we’re always
giving you a reason to “party on.”
By: Molly Surdyk