Super Bowl 2020: Hard Rock Stadium food to feature Miami classics, imported delicacies

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Most Super Bowl parties will feature hot dogs and chicken wings, but not in Miami. Hard Rock Stadium chefs will be serving items like seafood paella, Cuban Dogs and more South Beach snacks.

MIAMI (KGO) -- As people eagerly await Super Bowl Sunday, they are also getting their party food in order.

That includes here at the biggest party of them all, Hard Rock Stadium, where the cuisine created by Hard Rock Stadium and Centerplate will have a different flair than normal.

"You will smell Miami as soon as you walk in," Executive Chef Dayanny De La Cruz said. "You will feel Miami. I think even when you come to Miami without the Super Bowl, that's the feeling. The feeling is that we are absolutely putting the city in here."

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These will be stadium snacks that no one has ever seen.

Islamorada Chicken Pops.

Imported French Macarons.

And of course, plenty of seafood.

So what should fans try first?

"I think on the general concourse, you have to try the signature Cubano Sausage," Corporate Executive Chef Carmen Callo said. "A recipe inspired by our onsite executive chef and her family growing up. It's going to impact you with a taste of Miami in that very first bite.

If you're looking for the mustard and ketchup and the traditional stuff, you won't find it here.

This isn't traditional.

It's a little bit different and, on game day, it's going to be a lot bigger than usual.

It will be 18 inches long.

"In our premium areas, I think you definitely want to try the paella in the club areas," Callo said. "That was a recipe shared by one of our executive chefs from Madrid. It's authentic and it's unbelievable."

In addition to tasty, the paella and all seafood served has a special meaning behind it, thanks to Ocean Conservancy.

"These are ocean-friendly seafood choices," Ocean Conservancy Chief Scientist George Leonard said. "They're taking the pressure off of oceans, primarily because they are farmed instead of caught in the wild."

The paella featured Key West Shrimp, mussels, clams, squid and lobster stock.

The homegrown recipe shows in the flavors.

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We sent ABC7 News South Bay Community Journalist Dustin Dorsey on the tough task to try the favorites.

He was a fan.

"As you can imagine, we have been planning this event for over a year and a half and the excitement building up to this week is incredible," Callo said. "We're literally putting out tens of thousands of pounds of food. It's just amazing the amount of food that's going to come in and get processed and delivered for our guests."

Certain items will be sold in the main concourse and more specialty items will be sold in club level.

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