Michael Mina’s Tailgate Kicks Off Tonight!

Michael Mina’s Tailgate Kicks Off Tonight!Michael Mina Announces 2015-2016 Season of Michael Mina’s Tailgate

Culinary Luminaries Kick-Off Luxe Tailgate with Mina at Levi’s(r) Stadium

Santa Clara, Calif. (September 14, 2015) — Michelin-starred chef, Michael Mina has announced an all-star guest chef lineup for the highly anticipated second season of Michael Mina’s Tailgate, just in time for the first 49ers home game on September 14. For nearly three decades, the chef himself has joined thousands of 49ers fans for Sunday pre-game tailgates as a proud season ticket holder. Over the years, his tailgates have grown in scope and size, impressing friends, family and chef friends with elaborate spreads and surprises on the blacktop, including flowing cheese fondue fountains and decadent Bloody Mary Bars.

Now, on the celebrity chef’s own home turf at Levi’s(r) Stadium, his year-old Bourbon Pub & Bourbon Steak transforms into Michael Mina’s Tailgate each home game day, offering a once-in-a-lifetime, membership-only opportunity tailor-made for 49ers season ticket holders. Combining the best elements of tailgating and dining, Michael Mina’s Tailgate allows VIP luminaries to rub elbows in an eponymous setting.

The ultimate tailgate experience offers a game-themed menu and signature beverage pairing experience followed by whimsical plays on American classics such as roasted ox over potato broccoli gratin and wagyu saddles of roasted
beef. While nearly all ingredients are locally sourced, at least one selection will be especially themed toward the opposing team, with products sourced directly from that region.

“As a lifelong 49ers fan this tailgate is really a dream come true,” said Mina. “Not only do I get to work with the 49ers and cook with my chef friends from around the country, but being able to share this experience with the other 49ers faithful is the ultimate for me.”

Levi’s Stadium season ticket holders have the exclusive opportunity to become Michael Mina’s Tailgate members. The annual membership fee of $5,000 provides access to an upscale, all inclusive game-themed menu prepared by
Host and Chef Michael Mina, as well as an accompanying beverage menu including a signature game-themed cocktail for each game. While tailgating, members enjoy pregame and game-time action on the 70 HDTVs throughout the venue. In-keeping with the outdoor cooking feel of tailgating, the restaurant offers a state of the art cooking station on two levels a wood-fire grill and a two-story rotisserie cooking jidori chicken, waygu beef and ox. However, the venue is anything but ordinary and captures the true spirit of tailgating and magic of the 49ers.

At kickoff time, Michael Mina’s Tailgate sends members off with Treats for Your Seats, featuring gourmet treats and snacks to munch on during the game. Post-game, they will be granted preferred reservations for dinner at Bourbon
Pub & Bourbon Steak. In addition, a personalized concierge provides preferred reservations for all Mina Group restaurants including Michael Mina in San Francisco. Michael Mina’s Tailgate Experience is in two words – complete indulgence. Please see below for a full line-up for 2015-2016 Season.  There will be several surprise chefs along the way, so this is a series not to be missed:

  • September 14 @ 7:30 p.m. PST 49ers VS Minnesota Vikings featuring Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and Elite Traveler Magazine’s “15 Most Influential Chefs of the Next Decade” Joshua Skenes of Michelin Guide 3-star rated Saison and Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats known for his work with Michelin-starred restaurant Fifth Floor.
  • October 4 @ 1:25 p.m. PST 49ers VS Green Bay Packers
    featuring James Beard Award Winning Traci des Jardins of Jardinere, The Commissary and Arguello along with Adam Mesnick of Deli Board.
  • October 18 @ 1:25 p.m. PST 49ers VS Baltimore Ravens
    featuring Jose Andres of Jaleo, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People along with Michael Voltaggio, winner of Bravo’s sixth season of Top Chef and Ink.
  • October 22 @ 5:25 p.m. PST 49ers VS Seattle Seahawks
    featuring the Food Network’s “Chopped” TV judge Scott Conant of Corsair, Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca along with Greg Denton of Ox Restaurant, named Portland, Oregon’s Restaurant of the Year in 2013.
  • November 8 @ 1:05 p.m. PST 49ers VS Atlanta Falcons
    featuring celebrity chef, cookbook author and PBS TV series host Todd English of Olives, and Ca Va Brasserie who is among People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People and Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List along with Michelin-starred Chef, James Beard Award Winner and acclaimed hospitality entrepreneur, Charlie Palmer.
  • November 29 @ 1:05 p.m. PST 49ers VS Arizona Cardinals
    featuring three-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” Andrew Zimmern, Matthew Jennings of The Townsman and David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit.
  • December 20 @ 5:30 p.m. PST 49ers VS Cincinnati Bengals
    featuring Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb, known for his winning appearance on Top Chef.
  • January 3 @ 1:25 p.m. PST 49ers VS St. Louis Rams
    featuring James Beard and Emmy Award winning chef, author and TV host Ming Tsai and Mike Emerson of Pappy’s Smokehouse.

Mina Group is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. Mina Group is led by Chef/Owner Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage
Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2002, Mina Group currently manages 27 restaurant properties including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco (Esquire Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year 2011); BOURBON STEAK and CLOCK BAR at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco; RN74 at Millennium Tower in San Francisco and RN74 at the Joshua Green Building in Seattle; PABU and THE RAMEN BAR at 101 California in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK & BOURBON PUB at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio at Bellagio in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA 74 and STRIPSTEAK at  Fontainebleau Miami Beach; LOCALE MARKET and FARMTABLE KITCHEN at Sundial St. Petersburg in Florida; and THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole. For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net.

Named Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal, Levi’s(r) Stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers and serves as the world’s most technologically advanced and sustainable sports and entertainment venue. The
$1.2 billion venue consists of 1.85 million square feet and 68,500 seats, including 174 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats, and was designed by HNTB and built by Turner/Devcon for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. It is a multi-purpose facility with flexibility that has allowed it to host a wide range of events – including domestic and international soccer, college football, ice hockey, motocross, concerts and various civic events – since opening in 2014. The venue is also expandable for major events such as WrestleMania 31 and the upcoming Super Bowl 50. Levi’s(r) Stadium is owned by the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, a public joint powers authority established to provide for development and operation of Levi’s(r) Stadium to ensure that the stadium serves the goals of the City of Santa Clara. For more information, go to www.LevisStadium.com.