The Masters Menu – A Food and Golf Tradition
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! I am building The Masters Menu for home. 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.
A Brief History
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 a Tuesday dinner & the menu is selected by the previous winner. I always look forward to this. Last year, Danny Willett celebrated his 2016 win with an English menu. I can’t wait to see what Sergio Garcia picks 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.
The Masters Menu
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. The Masters Menu:
- Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
- Homemade Biscuits
- Mini Club Sandwiches
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
- Fruit Salad
- Mixed Nuts
- Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches
Okay, I totally made green and yellow food. I couldn’t help myself! Pimento cheese is a Masters must, and having the Deviled Eggs along with the traditional recipe made it a little more fun. I didn’t get a single picture of the Georgia Peach Ice Cream Sandwiches! The Arnold Palmer is the perfect drink for this get together, but if you want a grown up beverage these delicious sounding Azalea Cocktails, inspired by Augusta’s landscape, are the perfect addition.
How do you celebrate The Masters? Share your menu and party ideas!