FedExForum Bringing its A-game, Foodwise, for Playoffs



These brats are made with steak, bacon, and beer.
  • These brats are made with steak, bacon, and beer.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., there's Plaza Party, a pep rally and cookout at the FedExForum to get fans rev'ed up to cheer on the Grizzlies during this evening's playoff game.

At the event, fans will get a taste of two new dishes created specifically for the playoffs by chef Thomas Winklebleck of Levy Restaurants, which runs concessions at the Forum.

Those new items are:

The Grizz Big Bear Beer Brat, a brat made with steak trimmings, bacon, and beer

and ...

The Grizz Fully Loaded, a hot dog topped with pit beans, fresh cole slaw, fried onion straws, and BBQ sauce.

Other regular-menu items include the Grizz Leg, a huge turkey leg served with your choice of sauce and the Slam Dunk Chicken, which Winklebleck calls a "picnic on a plate." It's a focaccia sandwich with blackened chicken and boudin sausage. It's served with fried green tomatoes and a cheese fondue for dipping.

"It's not what you expect at a sporting event," says Winklebleck.

Which team won tonight's game will be seen easily enough on the jumbotron, and Winklebleck says it's just as easy for him to determine when he's scored points with his food: "I see empty plates."

There will be another Plaza Party before Saturday's game at 1:30 p.m.

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