The Celebration Feast

We are a hockey house.  Our professional team is the Colorado Avalanche.  We LOVE our AV’s.  Not only do we cheer for the Av’s and go to as many games as we can, but my husband also plays hockey on an adult men’s league.  He has been playing for about 20 years now.  His team is The Slapshots.  We started a tradition a few years back that whenever his team won their league’s championship, we would host a celebration feast.  The Slapshots were victorious last season, so honoring our tradition, we hosted the team feast again.  His teammates are a really good group of guys, and he has been playing with some of his teammates for over ten years.

Our feast was a carnivore’s dream.  We had a lot of meat.  they are hockey players after all; they need their protein.   But meat wasn’t the only thing we served.  We had a pretty big menu all around.  We also had a lot of food.  We had plenty enough to feed a second team as well, but only one team showed up.   Not everyone from the team could make it, and those that did come certainly made a large dent in all the food, however, I still have a ton of leftovers.  So, the Queen of Leftovers will be busy re-creating once again.

This is just one table full of food.  This was our appetizer/dessert table with chips & salsa; crackers and a cheese and pepper platter; mixed nuts; peppered salami and linguisa; a large fruit platter; and our cookie platter (Cinnamon + Sugar = Snickerdoodles).

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The carnivores’ corner had all of our main dishes with a smoked pork loin with a cherry chutney; smoked bacon-wrapped chicken with a mustard vinaigrette; brats and hot dogs (for the kids) with all the fixin’s; 3-mustard potato salad and a cool cucumber, onion and tomato salad.

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A small gathering of some of our champions enjoying their celebration feast out on on our deck.  These were the early birds.  Everyone was very happy and satisfied and said I fed them well.  They were all happy hockey players, and all said they would be back again, whether or not we win another championship game.  Congratulations Slapshots!  You earned this feast.  We are always happy to host these championship feasts.

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Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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