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Get Ready for Basketball Menu Madness!

The spring season means fans will be searching for the right spot to watch their favorite b-ball teams compete. Sports bars and other locales need foods that are low-cost, yet still a slam dunk with customers! Concession foods are a winning strategy:

Popcorn is an Essential:  No matter how you serve it, popcorn is a must-have. Many stick with the basic, all-time favorite, butter-and-salt mix. It is so low cost, some establishments offer it for free. The free offer is an effective promo that will bring in traffic and it can help you make a name for yourself. Not to mention, it drives up your beverage sales. If you want to be more creative, try popping in team colors or making basketball-decorated popcorn balls.

Pretzels will Perform:  Another reliable favorite is soft pretzels. Easy prep (just place inside a humidified warmer) makes it an attractive option for busy bartenders. Plus, soft pretzels are well-known as a perfect pairing with beer. You can make it your own by offering a selection of different dips from honey mustard to nacho cheese, tomato sauce, ranch dressing, chili or even icing.

Just Wing It:  Wings and sports have become inseparable. But how do you make your wings stand out from every other bar, restaurant and pizza place in town? The answer lies in your seasoning. Did you know you can use Savory Shakes to flavor wings? Suddenly, your menu can expand to include custom flavors like Mediterranean Herb, Bacon or Guadalajara Hot Sauce.

Fan-Favorite Foods:  Bring the courtside experience to your customers! The top concession stand foods are simple to add to your menu. Nachos, hot dogs and pizza are basic items, but you have the power to dress them up! Promote unique toppings, especially ones with team connections. Or try a “make-your-own” item, where individuals can select from a list of toppings to form their own flavor creation.

Fun Frozen Drinks for the Win:  Not everyone is a beer drinker, so it helps to have alternative options that are affordable, easy and bring a fun factor. Frusheez® frozen slush treats can be used in combination with your favorite liquor to produce margarita, strawberry daiquiri or even a spiked sweet tea. This is another opportunity where you could also create a special drink promo with your local team colors.

Don’t just think about planning, let’s do it together! Contact Gold Medal to stock up on all of your basketball tournament needs, including equipment, food supplies and food trays. Let’s make it your best season yet! Just call 800-543-0862 or email [email protected].