Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Buckeyes vs. The Sooners!

Illustration by Chris Schoelen, The Oklahoman Graphics
This amazing graphic is the best way to describe me when it comes to this major upcoming game! This Saturday, September 17th at 7:30/6:30C my culinary and sports fandom worlds will collide, and I couldn't be more excited!  Ohio State will be hosted by the Oklahoma Sooners at the Memorial Stadium in Norman.  

The stadium will be packed to the brim as tickets have been sold out for quite some time. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to score seats, you can still be part of the action by checking out the one-of-a-kind tailgating culture that only college football can offer, by coming on out to the OU campus and walking around Saturday.  Tailgating is a celebration and colorful display of community built on the shared love of a team, and it is amazing!  So if you have never been to a campus tailgating event, this is going to be a great one to check out. 

I am so excited about this matchup!  I obviously have a connection to both teams seeing as how I have written the officially licensed tailgating cookbooks for both schools.  The Sooners and the Buckeyes have not played against each other since 1983, and this weekend the Bucks are coming to my backyard and will be aired in a prime time slot on Fox.  How exciting!

While you are checking out the tailgating/pre-game culture that OU has to offer, be sure to stop in to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.  It's free admission (you can't beat that!) and they have an amazing and eclectic collection of art from all over the world, from different periods of time, by outstanding and revolutionary artists.  And while you are taking in the gallery sights, be sure to take a detour into the museum store, aptly named The Muse.  There you will find an artistic collection of beautiful and really unique gifts for all ages and for any occasion, including items for that person who already has "everything". They are also carrying BOTH my University of Oklahoma and Ohio State Cookbooks for the big game day!  

This unusual match-up has me so excited! Not that I keep mentioning it or anything.  Why?  Because I'm from Ohio, my family attended Ohio State, and I'll always be a Buckeye at heart.  But I also love OU because it's where I got my Bachelors and Masters degrees, it's where I work, and I absolutely love Norman! 

No matter who winds up winning, I have no doubt that it will be quite the battle and I for one will be entertained the entire time!

If you would like a signed copy of either my OU or OSU cookbooks, you can find them on display in The Muse store of the FJJMA. If you are in the Norman area, and are interested in bulk orders, feel free to contact me.