Get Ready for Football Season with a Little Luxury

Football Can Be Cheeky, Too

by Lakesha Rose – September 12, 2013

The official football season started last week! You are either a hardcore fan or a more supportive one because your significant other lives for the season. I’m the latter. Ordering food or ingredients online is still a huge business even though our local sourcing has improved greatly.

So to make football season as enjoyable for us as it is for them (them = the boys), let’s add some luxury to one of the parties. Anytime we have a gathering surrounding sports, I make sure to add linen napkins and flowers (for purely selfish reasons).

We have been to parties that have beer, brats, potato chips, etc. I found some luxury food items that will not only spark food conversation but perhaps get your friends to up their food game.

Here is what I found with Dean and DeLuca:

Whole suckling pig

Whole suckling pig

Whole Suckling Pig

If you have the confidence.

It can be prepared in the oven or over the spit. Dean and DeLuca goes on to say: “Farm-raised in the foothills of Western North Carolina, our true Suckling Pig is 100% Berkshire, milk fed and completely hormone- and antibiotic-free. The pig will arrive whole, shaved cleaned with the head intact.”

Prime dry aged bistecca fliorentina

Prime dry aged Bistecca Fiorentina

Prime Dry Aged Bistecca Fiorentina

How about a piece of  prime dry aged Bistecca Fiorentina! I had this cut of beef while I was in Italy – it was the 10th day of our trip and all I was eating was fresh fish and vegetables, which was awesome, but at that point, I was begging for a piece of dry aged whatever! This piece of meat is mouth-watering good. It is 48-ounces so I think this is big enough to feed 4-6 small eaters.


Lillie's q barbeque sauce crate

Lillie’s Q barbeque sauce crate

Lillie’s Q Barbeque Sauce Crate 

Since most of us live in Chicago, instead of ordering this wonderful crate from Dean and Deluca, you can just visit 131 N Clinton St. or 1856 W. North Ave. (Lillie’s Q’s two locations) to pick up a crate. I was told by a Southerner that we tailgate professionally. I think Chicago Bears fans could also claim that same title.

Dean and Deluca apple pie

Dean and Deluca apple pie

Dean and Deluca Apple Pie

Now, I’m sure we could all make a beautiful apple pie if we put our minds to it. But I’m going to be honest: I am not the best baker. My desserts will either impress you with their nice assembly or I will buy a dessert from a local bakery to knock your socks off. I have had several D and D desserts and you would never know it came from a shipped box.

Gary Poppins caramel and cheddar popcorn

Gary Poppins caramel and cheddar popcorn

Gary Poppins Caramel and Cheddar Popcorn

There are other Chicago companies that have been making this flavor for years. But after trying Gary Poppins, you will see this is a step above. It’s all about the quality of ingredients. This wonderful popcorn can be found in these Chicago stores: Sunset Foods, Fox & Obel, Binny’s, Treasure Island, FoodStuffs or you can order online at Dean and Deluca.

Here’s another Cheeky food idea.


About the Author: Lakesha Rose

Lakesha Rose is a 6 year volunteer at Common Threads where she gives children’s cooking classes with an emphasis on creating enhanced cultural experiences that build social confidence. She is Honorary Chair of Almost Home Kids, a proud recipient of a 2013 Changing Worlds Humanitarian Award and annual “MC” at the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control Event. Lakesha Rose is also the founder of L.Rose Design a lifestyle design company and resides in Chicago with her husband, legendary Chicago Sports Broadcaster, Jim Rose and their dog Petey.