Edible Bracket recently took a trip to New Orleans, where we stumbled across this delicious Tennessee whiskey when Guest Chef Jon ordered a bourbon sampler at Cochon. We don’t even like whiskey that much, but this one went down easy—almost as easy as Belmont went down to Wisconsin in round one of the tournament.
We put off making this chili for almost the whole NCAA season even though we knew Cincy was likely to make the tournament because Cincinnati Chili just sounded…gross. Turns out we were wrong. Cincinnati Chili: sleeper hit of the Edible Bracket.
Butler is a classic Mid-West school in sort of a lovely, bland, whitebread way. Thus, we chose a classic, somewhat bland hot dog for them — traditional mustard and ketchup. It actually might be the best combo!
In a nod to Washington, D.C., culinary institution Ben’s Chili Bowl, these Georgetown hot dogs are smothered in delightful chili. Go Hoyas!
The Gonzaga hotdogs got some homemade pickled onions on top (aren’t they beautiful?!) to denote their Washington state origins. The Washington state vegetable is the Walla Walla Onion.
Did you know that the Bulldogs are a very popular mascot? And that teams who are Bulldogs invariably seem to have blue and white as their team colors? Here’s a short list:
Georgetown (in this case, they’re called the Hoyas)
Well, only three of these are in the tournament, despite best efforts. And we’ve decided to hold those three accountable for their uncreative mascot/color choices and made beef hot dogs for all of them. Dogs get dogs.
After eating delicious VCU ram burgers, we revved up to sizzle up some bison burgers to represent the Bucknell Bison. Meat belly!
These bison patties were purchased at New York legendary butcher, Ottomanelli’s. The butcher told us a joke: “What’s the difference between buffalo and bison?” “Buffalo have wings!”
We devoured these tasty, lean bison burgers, despite not being in wing form.
And now for the grossest thing we made throughout this whole endeavor: Vanderbilt Cocktails. Basically, they tasted like the worst kind of medicine your mom forced you to drink when you were little. We drank it, but we didn’t like it. Just like that medicine.
We were psyched when the Golden Eagles finally secured their place in the NCAA tournament, because that meant we got a second chance to make food from Wisconsin. And that could mean only one thing…brats! Bratwurst originally came from Germany, but has found a home for itself in Wisconsin, where brats—especially beer brats, a WI speciality—feature prominently at Packers tailgates (and maybe at Golden Eagle tailgates as well—do you tailgate basketball games?).
Tap the Rockies! That is just what we set out to do by guzzling a six-pack of Coors Light with our VCU ram burgers. We honor Northern Colorado and the Rockies by drinking our light beer of choice…