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Super Bowl 50 prompts Nelson's Catering and Old Hoosier Meats to try new catering specials

The 50th annual Super Bowl prompted some local food businesses to try something for the first time.

Nelson’s Catering and Old Hoosier Meats will both be busy cooking for customers on the day of the big football game.

“We’re going to have the smoker going Sunday,” said Randy Grewe, owner of Middlebury’s historic Old Hoosier Meats, 101 Wayne St., Middlebury.

Though he’s nearly at capacity of orders he’ll be able to fill, he’s offering a $40 package that includes a slab of ribs, 24 smoked wings and other drinks and snacks. Items will also be offered à la carte and the butcher case will be full of fresh cuts of meat. The shop will be open from 3 to 5 p.m.

He recently added the wings to his lineup after years of making the ribs with a dry rub. The ribs won Rib Quest, the Dining A La King search in 2010 for the best in Elkhart County. Grewe said the feedback on the ribs has been good so far and the smoker will be full on Sunday.

In Wakarusa, Nelson’s Catering & Fundraising will be offering six $50 à la carte items that would feed 25 to 35 guests. That’s a bunch of jumbo wings, 15 pounds of Pit-Tatoes, pulled pork or about 150 meatballs. There are several trays available for $35 to $85 as well.

“We’ve never done it before,” said Ryan Miller, sales manager for Nelson’s. The packages will be available for pick-up from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at 607 Nelson’s Parkway, Wakarusa, or delivery for $30 within 30 miles.

He said response has been good for the first year and Nelson’s is planning on putting together more packages for future events.

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