Thursday, January 31, 2013
Mario Batali uses food to create 'Harbowl'
By Lynn Hoppes
Mario Batali created this scene in preparation for Sunday's Super Bowl.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali, eager for Super Bowl Sunday to arrive, worked with his food stylist, Krista Ruane, to depict "Harbowl" in food.
The duo, using Ruane's sketch, created a scene of a couch, light and even pillows using meat, bread and raviolis.
Playbook had a few minutes to talk with Batali, who also is a host of ABC's "The Chew," about the big weekend.
What are your plans for Super Bowl Sunday?
"We have about 20 people over to enjoy the game."
What are your favorite foods for the big day, and how should people spread out their eating for the day?
"We do pregame chips and salsa and crudite with Greek yogurt dip. Then we do the first-half food for the Ravens: crab cakes and Old Bay tartar sauce. Halftime food from New York City of Papaya dogs with sauerkraut. The second-half food is for the Niners: Trader Vic's-style spareribs and Rice-A-Roni. Dessert is from both teams. Its-It [ice cream sandwiches] and Charm City cupcakes."
Who are you rooting for?
You were born in Seattle, so I assume you were rooting for your Seahawks this season?
"Oh, yeah. And it was a great year."
The Super Bowl is heading to New York City next year. What will your plans be then?
"I'll be going to the game with the family to cheer Eli on to the win!"
Food stylist Krista Ruane created this sketch that Mario Batali used for his food artwork.