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The 2019 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta

You do NOT need a Super Bowl Ticket to attend the Players Tailgate

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Players that attended in 2018 accomplished:

With 5 Super Bowl Champions, a combined 55 NFL Pro Bowl selections, 31 All-Pro awards, and 8 first-round NFL Draft selections the 2018 Players Tailgate offers VIP guests a chance to hang out with some of the biggest names currently playing pro football.

Super Bowl Tailgate Party Details

Players Tailgate

The #1 rated Super Bowl weekend event multiple years running

The 2019 Players Tailgate, hosted and presented by Bullseye Event Group, has earned the reputation as one of the best pre-game Super Bowl experiences anywhere, where over 30 active players, celebrities and guests eat, drink and are entertained before the big game. Best described as a culinary experience, the Players Tailgate features all-you-can-eat gourmet dining, premium open bars and one of the most exquisite menus of any event.

One of America’s most recognizable chefs, celebrity chef Guy Fieri, returns as host for the 2019 Players Tailgate, helping the top caterer in the country, chef Aaron May, create an incredible menu.

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Get ready for the ultimate Super Bowl Party experience in Atlanta!

The Food:

Celebrity Chef for for 2016 & 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef for the 2016 & 2017 Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri, the most recognizable Chef in America, returns to bring his signature recipes and style as the headliner to an exclusive all-you-can-eat menu for The Players Tailgate attendees again in Atlanta for the 2019 Super Bowl. This is Guy’s fourth Players Tailgate (2016, 2017, 2018 and upcoming 2019) and each time he has upped the menu!

Guy Fieri can be seen on television almost every day on the Food Network. His shows include Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite, Guy Off the Hook, Dinner: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, The Next Food Network Star, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Minute to Win It, just to name a few.

Aaron May – Celebrity Chef for 2015-19 Players Tailgate

2019 Chef Aaron May is a top chef in America can prepare an incredible meal for 2 to 200 people, in order to considered one of the best caterers in America you need to be able to create a meal for 2200 and have it as good as that meal for 2 to 200. That is why Aaron May is considered the BEST caterer in the US. Aaron has been part of The Players Tailgate for the last 5 years.

Chef May is classically trained in Paris at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier and is inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2010 as a “Chef Extraordinaire.” He has been featured on Food Network’s wildly popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and TLC’s Best Food Ever. His fiercely loyal fan base has recognized him with many local awards, including “Best Tapas” and “Best Speakeasy,” and he has also garnered attention from national publications such as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine and USA Today.

A quick mind and a low threshold for boredom, which goes a long way toward explaining the restaurant empire he’s building. Given his passion for food and irrepressible creativity, is why he is considered one of the top caterers in America.

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The Venue:

2019 Players Tailgate venue for Super Bowl 53

One of the most prime locations for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, the Players Tailgate features a glass structure that will be located in the heart of everything Super Bowl weekend in downtown Atlanta.

Located at Pemberton Place, parallel to Centennial Olympic Park between the World of Coke, Civil Rights Museum and Georgia Aquarium, the glass paneled indoor/outdoor entertainment pavilion is just four blocks from the security perimeter of Super Bowl 53 host Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the décor includes multiple marble bars, crushed red velvet banquettes and leather furniture. The stage where 2019 emcee Sage Steele will interview many of the current, active players will be one of the biggest statements that guests will experience, along with various other amenities, including:

  • Entire Pavilion Sisal Carpeted
  • State-of-the-art AV/lighting/speakers
  • Soft, plush comfortable leather furniture
  • Bathrooms
  • Heated/Air Conditioned
  • Large outdoor covered deck

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Participating Celebrity Chefs:

Thiago Silva
A Brazilian-born native of Queens, New York, chef Thiago Silva is considered the expert when it comes to pastries. Thiago epitomizes the self-made, obsessive pastry chef, where during high school he interned at Fauchon, the iconic French epicure, where he learned his classic techniques. For years, Silva has designed and implemented dessert menus across the world, with the responsibility of creating unique desserts for handfuls of celebrity clients, including Derek Jeter, John Legend, Sophia Vergara, Lady Antebellum, Brooke Shiels and the 2011 Super Bowl champion New York Giants team.

Silva has been honored with various accolades such as Zagat’s “30 Under 30” of 2013, Dessert Professional Magazine’s “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in North America” of 2015, and People Magazine’s “14 Sexiest Chefs in America” in 2015.

Ken Oringer
One of the Boston area’s most notable chefs and restaurateurs, Ken Oringer first began his journey in San Francisco at critically acclaimed dining destinations such as Silks in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It was there that Oringer began to attract attention for his distinctive Asian-accented styles and his flair for making the most of his cutting-edge ingredients.

Shortly thereafter, Oringer opened “Clio” in Boston, an elegant restaurant within The Eliot Hotel, featuring a contemporary French-American menu. Within the first year, Clio was named “Best Newcomer of the Year” by Gourmet magazine and made John Mariani’s respected list of “America’s Best New Restaurants” in Esquire.

Jamie Bissonette
A James Beard Award winning-chef in May of 2014 and partner of Boston favorites such as Coppa, an Italian enoteca, Toro, the Little Donkey and Toro in New York City, chef Jamie Bissonette combines his expertise with unique styling to create one-of-a-kind menus.

A winner of the Cochon 555 “Nose-to-Tail” Competition, Bissonette was also awarded with the inaugural People’s Choice: Best New Chef award by Food & Win Magazine.

Michael Voltaggio
Winner of Season 6 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” chef Michael Voltaggio has worked under modernist master chef José Andrés as chef de cuisine at Andrés’s Beverly Hills restaurant The Bazaar. But Voltaggio’s career began at the Greenbrier’s prestigious culinary apprenticeship program.

Having received several culinary awards, including the AAA Five Diamond aware, the Mobil Five-Star Award, and a Michelin Star, Voltaggio was the Chef de Cuisine at The Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. Voltaggio now has his own highly successful “Ink” restaurant in West Hollywood.

David Rose
Finding inspiration in his surroundings, chef David Rose identifies as a southern chef “reinterpreting classic southern fare by incorporating the refinement of french culinary.”

A Food Network personality and national brand ambassador for Nissan USA and the Big Green Egg brands, Rose appeared as a finalist on Food Network Star (Season 13), cooking head-to-head with chef Bobby Flay and receiving high praise from Giada de Laurentiis. Rose is also founder of the TLC Experience, where he partners with spirit and cigar companies to create one-of-a-kind dining experiences, and has been featured on shows such as The Steve Harvey Show, Hallmark Home & Family, Pickler & Ben, HLN, Sisters Circle Live, Fox & Friends, local morning shows across the country, and as a celebrity chef judge for the CBS Chef’s Classic.

Fox Bros. BBQ
A staple in the Atlanta area BBQ scene, Fox Bros. BBQ has received massive recognition in the media, including ABC News, Food Network, Forbes Travel Guide & Maxim to name a few.

Big Green Egg
A modern-day evolution of ancient cookers, the Big Green Egg is designed and modeled on the clay cooking vessels first see during the Chinese Qin Dynasty, providing a unique grilling and BBQ experience. Now the world’s largest producer and international distributor of ceramic cooking systems, the Players Tailgate is excited to partner with Big Green Egg to provide our chefs with the most optimal grills available to prepare the menu.

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2019 Players Tailgate Emcee:

Sage Steele, ESPN

The 2018 Host is something we take great pride in selecting. When you have had Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Charissa Thompson, Lindsey Czarniak and Jaymee Sire as your previous hosts; these are big shoes to fill. Each year we take our time, to find an Emcee that is on top of their game and one we feel our Players Tailgate guests will respond to. This year’s 2019 selection is Sage Steele.

One of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators and hosts, Sage Steele currently serves as anchor for the 6 p.m. SportsCenter with co-anchor Kevin Neghandi. Aside from SportsCenter hosting duties, Steele also serves as the lead anchor for “SportsCenter: On The Road,” on-site at some of the biggest sporting events in the world, including the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, World Series, the Masters, the College Football National Championship and many more.

Before SportsCenter: On The Road, Steele showed great versatility, spending four seasons hosting ESPN’s NBA Countdown, and had previously contributed to ESPN First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and SportsNation.

2018 Players Tailgate DJ:

DJ Irie

As the first professional sports franchise DJ in the United States, DJ Irie is the official DJ of some of the most iconic brands in the world, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, the Miami Heat, Target, Mountain Dew Kickstart, Evian, Jamie Foxx and more, making himself one of the most established DJ’s in the industry.

At the 2019 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LIII, DJ Irie will be providing his world-class entertainment to help set the stage for the biggest and best pre-game tailgate in Atlanta before Super Bowl 53.

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The 2019 Players Tailgate Menu:

Raw Bar Station

Lobster Rolls and Black Truffle Sliders
Oysters with Cocktail Sauce, Mignonette, Lemons and Green Tabasco
Jonah Crab Claws with Classic Louis Dressing
Caviar on Mini-Waffles with Creme Fraiche, Chives and Dill
Classic (but not too-classic) Shrimp Cocktail
Octopus and Shrimp Campachana with Saltines
Tune and Foie Gras Tataki with Aji Amarillo

Aaron May’s Malibu Burger Co. Cheeseburgers

Stadium Classics

Artisan Sausages, Mustards, Soft Pretzels

Michael Voltaggio’s Pastrami Short Rib

Served with Arroz con Mushrooms

Bird & Bone

Fried Chicken with Hot Sauces and Pickles

Fox Bros. BBQ

Whole Hog BBQ with ALL the Fixin’s

Operation BBQ Relief

Prime Rib Sliders

Big Green Egg

Smoked Lamb Belly from chef David Rose

Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint

Carne Asada Tacos
Achiote Chicken Tacos

Bullseye Baby Back Ribs & Chicken Wings Bar

Chef Thiago Silva’s Championship Chocolate Adventure

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Previous Players Tailgate Hosts & Emcees

Jaymee Sire – 2017 Host & Emcee
Erin Andrews – 2016 Host & Emcee
Lindsey Czarniak – 2013 & 2015 Emcee
Marcus Samuellson – 2014 Host
Michael Strahan – 2014 Emcee

C.J. Anderson – RB

A Super Bowl 50 champion and 2014 Pro Bowl selection, running back C.J. Anderson has been a staple of the Denver Broncos backfield. Averaging over four yards per carry, Anderson finished the 2017 season with 1,007 yards and three touchdowns.

Jalen Ramsey – CB

Drafted 5th overall in the 2016 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017 Pro Bowl selection. Was an All-American CB at Florida State.

Michael Thomas – WR

A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had a breakout season in 2017, finishing the year with 1,245 yards receiving, five touchdowns and a 2017 Pro Bowl selection.

Dak Prescott – QB

The 2016-17 NFL Rookie of the Year and a 2016 Pro Bowl Selection, quarterback Dak Prescott led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL-best 13-3 record. Prescott was awarded the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week five times in the 2016 season.

Landon Collins – S

Pro Bowl Safety and First-team All Pro. First round draft by the Giants after being a unanimous All-American at Alabama. The only player in NFL history to have 100 solo tackles, 2+ sacks, 5+ ints, and 12+ pass deflections.

Patrick Peterson – DB

Arizona Cardinals lockdown corner Patrick Peterson is a seven-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro selection, as well as the recipient of the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards in 2010 at LSU.

Jarvis Landry – WR

Two-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Miami Dolphins, Landry holds the record for most receptions in a player’s first two seasons (194). Landry finished the 2016 season with 1,136 yards and four touchdowns.

Cameron Jordan – DE

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Jordan returns for his third Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl.

Travis Kelce – TE

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Travis Kelce has risen from a 3rd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, to one of the most dominant tight ends in the NFL. Kelce recorded 1,038 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in 2018.

Allen Robinson Jr. – WR

Pro-bowler and two-time first team Big Ten all-American at Penn State. Led NFL in touchdown receptions in 2015, a Jaguars franchise record.

Harrison Smith – S

Harrison Smith is a three-time Pro Bowl safety for the Minnesota Vikings and a first-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Smith recorded 61 total tackles and five interceptions in 2017.

Kareem Hunt – RB

One of the most electrifying rookies in the 2017 NFL season, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was elected to his first Pro Bowl. The rookie Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards in his first year, recording 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

Derrick Brooks – LB

A Super Bowl XXXVII champion and 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, linebacker Derrick Brooks also recorded 11 Pro Bowl selections, NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002 and over 1,715 tackles in his 13-year career.

Linval Joseph – DT

A Super Bowl XLVI champion with the New York Giants and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, Linval Joseph recorded 39 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2017, helping the Minnesota Vikings win the NFC North.

Daunte Culpepper – QB

An icon with the Minnesota Vikings from 1999-2005, quarterback Daunte Culpepper was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection in his career. Culpepper led the NFL in passing yards in 2004, and finished his career with 24,153 yards and 149 touchdowns.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

A first-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2014, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been a staple of the Packers defense for years. A Pro Bowler in 2016, Clinton-Dix was also a two-time BCS National Champion at the University of Alabama.

Eric Kendricks – LB

Second-round draft pick by Minnesota Vikings in 2015 NFL Draft, named to PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2015. NFC Defensive POTW in Week 1 of 2016 NFL Season.

Tyler Lockett – WR

Tyler Lockett is a three-time All-Pro receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2016 as a rookie, he was named 1st team All Pro and a member of the Pro  Football Writers Association NFL All-Rookie Team at three different positions.

Tyreek Hill – WR/KR

A two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tyreek Hill was an electric receiver and one of the most dynamic kick returners in the NFL in the last couple of seasons. Hill recorded over 1,100 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in the 2017 NFL season, as well as a punt return for a touchdown.

Aeneas Williams – DB

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, defensive back Aeneas Williams played for both the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams in his career from 1991-2004. Willliams’ #35 is also retired in the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor.

“Booger” McFarland – DT

A two-time Super Bowl champion in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony “Booger” McFarland finished his career with 170 tackles, 22.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Jaylon Smith – RB

A consensus All-American linebacker at Notre Damn and Dick Butkus Award winner in 2015, linebacker Jaylon Smith was a force in the backfield for the Dallas Cowboys, recording 81 tackles in 16 games started in 2017.

Robert Woods – WR

Traded from Buffalo to the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, wide receiver Robert Woods was a second round pick in 2013 out of USC. Woods’ 2017 NFL campaign finished with 781 yards and five touchdowns on 56 catches.

Brandon Williams – DT

Third-round draft pick in 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, recorded 156 tackles and 4.5 sacks in first four years in the league.

Andrew Sendejo – S

An undrafted free agent in 2010, Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo started in 13 games for the team in 2017, recording 52 tackles and two interceptions.

Tyler Boyd – WR

Second-round pick out of University of Pittsburgh in 2016 NFL Draft, 54 receptions for 603 yards and one touchdown in rookie season. Totaled 3,308 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns throughout his college career at Pitt.

Kenyan Drake – RB

A third-round draft pick in 2016 by the Miami Dolphins, running back Kenyan Drake assumed the starting role halfway through the 2017 NFL season, recording 823 rushing yards and five touchdowns for the Dolphins.

Jayron Kearse – S

A safety for the Minnesota Vikings, Jayron Kearse recorded 19 tackles in the 2017 NFL season, helping the Vikings secure the NFC North.

Dede Westbrook – WR

A fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Westbrook recorded 339 yards and one touchdown receiving in 2017, as well as one reception for 29 yards in the 2017 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

Duke Riley – LB

A linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, Duke Riley was a third-round draft pick out of LSU in the 2017 NFL Draft.

MarQueis Gray

Tight end MarQueis Gray, an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of the University of Minnesota, spent the 2017 season with the Miami Dolphins.

Kyle Emanuel – LB