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Slaw, truffles, wings — now they’re purple

Kelsey Miller//Daily Record Business Writer//January 28, 2013

Slaw, truffles, wings — now they’re purple

By Kelsey Miller

//Daily Record Business Writer

//January 28, 2013

As the buildup grows for Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore-area catering companies are preparing for their own version of Super Sunday.

Anthony Webb, store manager of the Graul’s supermarket in Ruxton, arranges a Ravens-themed table with purple cupcakes and other items.

For caterers, Ravens pride means purple coleslaw, football-shaped subs, purple wings and purple chocolate truffles.

Graul’s Market, which has eight locations from Parkton to St. Michaels, has been cooking and baking in full force since the Ravens made the playoffs, said Wendy Savelle with the catering department. Now available: seven-layer dip and wings, as well as package deals like one with a football-shaped sub.

“We are taking some items that people have bought all the time and Ravens-izing them,” Savelle said.

Graul’s is making cole slaw with purple cabbage and baking bread shaped like footballs. There is even an “Angry Birds” cake, she said.

Savelle said she has seen an increase in orders since the Ravens won the AFC Championship on Jan. 20, but Graul’s expects even more in the next few days as people finalize their plans.

“The weekends have definitely been better with the Ravens in the playoffs and the Super Bowl,” said Kate Poffenberger, Graul’s owner.

Wynn Harger, owner of Rheb’s Homemade Candies on Wilkens Avenue in Baltimore, is making purple-themed treats even though he doesn’t call them Ravens candies.

The company has made “Purple Pride” truffles, purple nonpareils and candies with a football on it, Harger said. Though the store is also getting ready for one of its big holidays — Valentine’s Day — the purple candies have been selling well, he said.

Eddie’s of Roland Park is offering “Game Day Party Packages” with names such as “The Raven,” “The First and Ten,” or “The Timeout” which has Mexican-style food, said Christine Stutz, the company’s marketing director.

Eddie’s, which also has a location on North Charles Street, also is offering specials on foods like shrimp and crab pretzels as well as some signature Ravens items, like their chicken wings in a sweet, purple Hoisin sauce, Stutz said.

The company has also seen more orders as the Ravens went deeper in the playoffs and as the weather has gotten colder, Stutz said.

“We make sure we have plenty of food,” Stutz said. “We think it’s going to be a good weekend for us and for the city.”

Bowl bits

Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest day for food consumption, behind Thanksgiving. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture).

48 million people ordered takeout last year. (National Restaurant Association)

1.25 billion chicken wings consumed last year. (National Chicken Council)

8 million pounds of avocados were mashed into guacamole last year. (California Avocado Commission)


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