While the San Francisco 49ers eat the Rams dust this coming January, their fans will be treated to a far tastier side of the Gateway City. Mike Emerson, pitmaster of Pappy’s Smokehouse, has been tapped by Michael Mina to participate in the acclaimed chef’s Tailgate Experience.
The event will take place at Levi’s Stadium when the Rams play the 49ers on January 3. The exclusive event — now in its second season — is the brainchild of Mina, who in addition to being one of America's top chefs is a lifelong football fan and avid tailgater. For a $5,000 membership, fans get access to a bountiful spread every game day courtesy of a rotating culinary star-studded lineup. This year, Emerson is part of that list.Emerson will be paired with chef Ming Tsai, who's won both an Emmy (for the Food Network's "East Meets West with Ming Tsai) and a Beard Award (for "Best Chef Northeast" in 2002). He admits he is a bit star-struck. “I burn meat for a living and here I am being paired with one of the best chefs in the world,” he laughs.
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