Preparing for the Super Bowl Celebration

Stadium for sports and concerts empty on a sunny dayNever in a million years did I think the Denver Broncos would be able to beat the New England Patriots in Sunday’s NFC Championship game, even though the Broncos were playing at home.

I just figured that at these points in their careers and with their present physical conditions, Tom Brady would be able to get the best of Peyton Manning. But the Broncos’ defense came through big time, treating Brady like the little silver ball in a pinball machine.

On the other hand, I had a feeling the Carolina Panthers might run over the Arizona Cardinals, and I was right about that.

So now, we have two teams left, and on February 7, they will play in Super Bowl 50 for the NFL championship.

One team will win. One team will lose. One city will celebrate. One city will ponder what could have been.

If I had a rooting interest in this game, which I don’t, I know where I’d go to celebrate if my team won.

  • If the Panthers were to win and I were in Charlotte, I would celebrate at Customshop.

As noted on the restaurant’s website, Customshop is a modern trattoria with a neighborhood feel, located in the heart of Charlotte. The menu offers an eclectic mix of traditional and innovative American dishes inspired by Italian, French and Spanish cuisine — all types of food that pair beautifully with wine.

Ah, yes, the wine. Customshop’s well-selected list features a diverse array of high-quality, value-minded wines from the most renowned regions, selected to mirror the kitchen’s commitment to offering both Old World and New World fare. There are more than 100 wines by the bottle, as well as a selection of generous 6-ounce glass pours designed to be paired with each course.

Guests are welcome to sample the small plates menu, eat a full course meal, or simply sip their favorite selection from an ever-changing list of wines — perfect for celebrating a Super Bowl victory.

  • If the Broncos were to win and I were in Denver, I would celebrate at Panzano.

Offering the best in contemporary Northern Italian cuisine with a focus on local, seasonal and organic ingredients, Panzano delivers unparalleled service and an award-winning wine list in a spectacular urban setting in downtown Denver.

It’s no wonder Panzano has been awarded 4 diamonds by AAA and named one of Zagat’s best restaurants in America. From pre-theater dinners to luxurious weekend brunches to Super Bowl celebrations, Panzano is a little bit of Italy in the heart of Denver.

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