Local flavors spice up the menu at Caesars Superdome for Final Four showdown

Chef Lenny with muffuletta

Chef Martinsen with jumbo muffuletta all pics courtesy of Sodexo Are living!

The Final 4 men’s NCAA basketball groups acquire to the court Saturday, with far more than 100,000 supporters anticipated at New Orleans’ Caesars Superdome through the weekend tournament. Catering husband or wife Sodexo Stay! is generating sure the spectators expertise a flavor of legendary Major Straightforward foodstuff and flavors.

“We concentrated on neighborhood and regional specialties with some basketball-themed objects, but we didn’t enjoy off the locales of the Final Four teams,” says Kernell Jupiter, normal supervisor (GM) for Sodexo Reside!. The 4 faculty groups in the tournament—Villanova, Kansas, Duke and University of North Carolina—were finalized just times in the past, and the culinary crew began planning the menu a great deal before.

“With tens of hundreds of out-of-town attendees viewing the Crescent Town, known for some of the best foods in the entire world, it is vital that the community flavors and essence of New Orleans is a component of their stop by below in the Caesars Superdome for the video game,” said Zane Collings, GM for Caesars Superdome. “Sodexo Are living!’s longtime assistance in New Orleans is guaranteed to glow through.” 

Along with New Orleans’ signatures, like jambalaya and housemade alligator sausage that are menu regulars, Chef Lenny Martinsen produced various new match-day items.

Cajun shrimp sandwich

NOLA Seafood Nachos, for case in point, have a foundation of tortilla chips layered with shrimp and crawfish in a spicy queso, then topped with jalapenos and eco-friendly onions. The Cajun Shrimp Salad Sandwich also incorporates regional Gulf shellfish it is served on bread from Leidenheimer Bakery, a New Orleans establishment, with a aspect of housemade kettle chips.

Mac and cheese with debris

Visitors buying the Creamy NOLA Mac and Cheese can get it topped with roast beef debris—a Massive Straightforward favorite built with bits of meat and gravy. Crumbled Goldfish crackers and green onions complete it off. There is also a Jumbo Muffuletta sandwich—2 to 3 toes long—that’s sliced refreshing to buy as followers occur by means of the line, suggests Jupiter. It’s crammed with capicola, salami, provolone, Swiss and olive salad in regular New Orleans fashion.


Liquor service at the Superdome is restricted to wine and beer, so the Sodexo Dwell! team established a Remaining 4 champagne cocktail named the Slam Dunk Spritz. It’s served more than ice and garnished with a dried orange wheel and new rosemary sprig.

With a web obtain of 8,000 patrons on the foodservice concourse through the match, Jupiter altered up beer provider to pace points along and avoid crowding. “Instead of ‘belly up to the bar’ service, we added coolers of domestic beer to get and go,” he claims. Far more POS areas have been also added.

The food items and consume lineup incorporates a selection of area brands. In addition to Leidenheimer bread, there’s beer from Faubourg Brewing Co., Zatarain’s seasonings, New Orleans Fish Property, Haydel’s Bakery and much more.

An automated robotic pizza station is another new attraction at Caesars Superdome, created attainable by way of Sodexo Live’s collaboration with tech corporation Picnic.

The robotic pizza maker attaches to a pizza oven, explains Susan Fink, senior vice president for Sodexo Stay! “The dough base travels together a conveyor belt and loads on toppings, then the pizza is mechanically put in the oven to bake,” she claims. “It’s a new piece of technological know-how that’s remarkable for lovers. We’ve analyzed it in the Las Vegas convention middle and in Seattle Mariners stadium, but the Superdome is a model-new location.”

Students with Chef Martinsen

To accommodate the surge in prospects for the Last Four, Sodexo partnered with various nonprofits to workers some of the stands, and the cash gained goes back again to their charities, says Fink. In addition, Chef Martinsen oversees a do the job-based mostly finding out software for neighborhood superior college college students interested in a culinary job, and he brought a quantity on board for the event. The trainees get accredited in ServSafe meals handling, in partnership with the Nationwide Cafe Affiliation

This is the sixth time Sodexo Live! has hosted the NCAA championship game titles in New Orleans. Collectively, the foodservice staff of Fink, Jupiter, Martinsen and regional vice president Steve Trotter has much more than 100 yrs of expertise jogging big functions like this one particular. 

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