I am not Really Into golf. It is a tough, expensive game that can be incredibly boring (in my opinion) to watch on TV. Unfortunately for me, my boyfriend and his family are REALLY INTO GOLF, but the one time of the year I more than tolerate it is Masters Sunday. The first time I ever watched this tournament with Mark was back in 2005 when Tiger Woods had this incredible chip shot and won in a playoff. I honestly didn’t even understand how big of a deal it was at the time. Now, over a decade later, I still watch, but with an added element of fun for me: a food theme! This Sunday we will have friends and family over to watch the tournament, and I have a few things planned. To help you understand, I will give you a little backstory about the tournament.
There are four major golf tournaments every year, and The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia is the first one of the season. It is always played the first week of April which means it is in time for everything to be in bloom. Augusta is famous for its azaleas and dogwood trees and it is truly beautiful. The colors of the tournament are green and yellow, and each year the winner gets a Green Jacket. Tradition states that this jacket is never to be removed from the course clubhouse. I know there is so major anti feminist and racial background to this tournament, but there has been a lot of progress over the years and I am choosing to focus on the positive traditions.
Food lovers are sure to appreciate the traditional dinner served every year. The week long tournament features the Tuesday dinner & the menu is selected by the previous winner. I always look forward to this. Last year, Danny Willett won the tournament, and his English roots are found throughout the menu this year!
The Augusta Chronicle posted a list of some of the past menus, and I am all over Vijay Singh’s tom kah meal! Glad he shook things up!
One of the special things about this tournament is that there are not many big sponsors, and by that I mean there aren’t wildly expensive concession stands serving food (although that will be the only thing you are saving money on if you attend). The menu at the tournament every year remains the same, including the price, with the most popular item being a pimento cheese sandwich that is sold for $1.50. Look below at the list.
I had a few different ideas this year about the menu, but I think I have finally decided. At first I wanted to do green and yellow foods, but that just doesn’t sound very appetizing (thanks, mom), so I will do a few inspired dishes and drinks. Because it is a sporting event, I want to do heavy appetizers and dessert, that way everyone can snack all day. My menu below:
- Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
- Homemade Biscuits
- Mini Club Sandwiches
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
- Fruit Salad
- Mixed Nuts
- Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches
Pimento cheese is a Masters must, but this year I want to turn it on its head a little. The thing I am most excited about are the homemade Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches! I’ll keep you posted on the results. I will also make the famous Arnold Palmer tea and lemonade, and I think for the grown up beverages I will serve these delicious sounding Azalea Cocktails, inspired by Augusta’s landscape.
Will you be tuning in this weekend? Share your menu and party ideas!