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When the Steelers meet the Packers, Italy meets Texas, and Mario Batali meets Tim Love, there's going to be a wild Spaghetti Western throwdown that isn't exactly a Sergio Leone movie (although Batali and Love in Stetsons is something we'd like to see). The boy from Babbo and the lad from Lonesome Dove Western Bistro are co-chairing a Dallas Super Bowl Weekend party on February 4th which, with cocktails, dinner, cooking demos, silent and live auctions, and a cast of characters that includes mad-dog chefs Guy Fieri and Emeril Lagasse, is going to be hotter than Austin in August.
Plus, the Spaghetti Western, which may blow the roof off Tim Love's Love Shack S07, is a benefit for the Mario Batali Foundation (supporting children's education, food, and health programs) and the Moyer Foundation's Camp Erin (a camp that helps children in bereavement). Jamie Moyer, MLB pitcher and founder of the foundation with his wife, Karen) will also be on hand, as will Texas Ranger Tommy Hunter.
I caught up with Tim and Mario to find out what these cowboys will be cooking up at Love Shack S07 for the big bash. "I'll be making a bunch of Tomahawk chops, elk saddle and roasted wild mushrooms with chiles," Tim says, "along with winter greens with lamb guanciale, pepitas and manchego. This is going to be an absolute blast, cooking with these guys. Every time we get together, it's a giant party. Plus, I love it when Mario hand-feeds me his charcuterie."
OK, that alone might be worth the ticket.
And when Mario isn't slipping bits of prosciutto to Tim, he's also going to be digging the band, Manhattan's own country group Her & Kings County. "I'm bummed Gang Green won't be there," Mario says with a laugh, "but now I'm even more charged up to represent New York at this kick-ass event where the food rocks just as hard as the band."
So who's going to take home the Super Bowl trophy? That's easy, Tim Love says, "Pittsburgh, 28-24."