The 51st Super Bowl will be held Feb. 5, 2017. Regardless of who you are rooting for, the Super Bowl is a tradition for many Americans to throw a Super Bowl viewing party each year. Many of these parties include a large spread of food and alcohol. As with any party where food and beverage is served, it is important that you keep the following guidelines in mind:
- Be aware of food allergies. An allergic reaction to food can be life-threatening. Ask your guests if they have any food allergies before you begin cooking so you can avoid serving any food that they may be allergic to.
- Don’t let your guests drive home drunk. Historically, Super Bowl Sunday has unfortunately earned the reputation of being one of the biggest drunk driving days of the year. If you are serving alcohol at your party, be sure to not let your friends drive home drunk.
- Follow safe food preparation and serving instructions. One in 6 Americans get sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages each year. Be sure to follow the recommended food safety practices at your party to avoid food-related illnesses.
Sources: National Retail Federation 2016 Super Bowl Spending Survey, National Chicken Council and Nielsen Company