There’s no doubt that football is as much a part of the Thanksgiving experience as turkey and cranberries, but this year the big excitement on the gridiron won’t be between the Patriots and Lions, the Saints and Cowboys nor the Bengals and Jets, but rather between two of the city’s top restaurateurs, Jose Garces and Marc Vetri. Both chefs and their respective teams, which are made up of front and back of the house staffs from their restaurants, will face off tomorrow morning in their second annual Turkey Bowl. Last year, Team Vetri beat the Garces team with a 3 to 2 victory (each touchdown counts as one point). “I’m pretty much guaranteeing a Vetri victory,” Marc Vetri, who plays wide receiver, told Grub Street this morning.
Garces sees it a little bit differently. “We’re not leaving the field without a victory,” Garces told Grub Street. “Last year the Vetri team eked out a win on us on a last second play. This year they’ll be eating our special rigatoni at the end of the game.” The Iron Chef adds that they’ve added some great athletes to this year’s team. “We have a guy from JG Domestic who played Division 1 college football who’s going to give their quarterback all day to throw.”
See the game yourself tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the field located at 18th and Mt. Vernon street.