The Edible Bracket 2011

Last year's winners of the MNCAAPG Best Bracket contest are back. This March Madness season, we will be documenting foods associated with the competing schools. Consider it March Madness, Top Chef Edition.

Belmont University Bruins (Nashville, TN): Tennessee Whiskey

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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.

Hot dogs and Bulldogs, a point of interest

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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:

Gonzaga

Butler

Georgetown (in this case, they’re called the Hoyas)

Yale

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.

Bucknell University Bison (Lewisburg, PA): Bison Burgers

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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.

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lp and bison burger

Marquette University Golden Eagles (Milwaukee, WI): Beer Brats

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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?). 

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