NFL Hometown Dishes for a Winning Game Day Celebration

Like many things, this year’s football season is anything but typical. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still participate in game day festivities. While official tailgate parties are likely off the menu this season, you can always set up a tailgate in your driveway – or even share in the pre-game excitement with neighbors by hosting a tailgate celebration in a neighborhood common area or cul-de-sac (practicing social distancing and other safety precautions, of course).

Whether you are flaunting your pride for your hometown team or just want to relax and eat good food, check out these must-try, hometown favorites for some of the NFL’s most popular teams – the perfect recipes for game day. Don’t forget to show your team spirit by decorating your tailgate area with team logo and colors and wearing your favorite team’s jersey.

Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta, GA). If the Falcons are your team of choice, it is imperative that you include peach cobbler in your menu when planning your game day celebration. Made from bourbon-soaked peaches, cinnamon and brown sugar, this decadent treat of absolute melt-in-your-mouth delight can sweeten a victory or soften a defeat for any Falcons fan. Don’t forget to add a layer of crumble topping for the perfect crunch and peach-filled bliss.

Dallas Cowboys (Dallas, TX). Texas-style smoked brisket takes a Cowboys tailgate party to a new level. Smoked brisket seasoned with salt and pepper and then slowly cooked over hickory or oak charcoal for 10 to 12 hours adorns the smokers and plates of countless Cowboys fans during game season. Fans can even purchase branded barbeque sets emblazoned with the team’s insignia. No wonder that, to these devoted fans, game day is synonymous with brisket day.

New England Patriots (Boston, MA). Creamy New England-style clam chowder will make any tailgate event a memorable occasion. Simmering on New England stoves and cooking fires for centuries, this hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup can be made with either fresh or canned clams (we recommend fresh!). A fan of Manhattan-style tomato base chowder? Leave it at home on game day. Creamy New England style chowder is the only way to go.

New York Giants (New York, NY). You are not a true blue-blood New Yorker if you have not heard of Italian meatball hero sliders. These small sandwich wonders consist of bite-sized meatballs made of parmigiana cheese and ground beef rolled onto crusty bread that is topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce. On a chilly fall or a wintery day, while rooting for the Giants, this dish will definitely warm your spirits.

San Francisco 49ers (San Francisco, CA). A lavish entree featuring bright red crab claws rising dramatically from a steaming bowl of tomato-laden broth never fails to delight the eyes and taste buds. This iconic, San Francisco-native seafood stew called cioppino will bring a sense of culinary adventure to any game day celebration. Whether you make it with butter, leeks, scallops, celery or sage – or cook it up thick or thin – this savory dish can be adjusted to suit individual taste. There is no wrong way to make it!

Following are some must-have items for an enjoyable tailgate celebration.

Tailgate Essentials

  • Barbecue tools and equipment (grill, smoker, tongs, charcoal, lighter, etc.)
  • Coolers, ice and plenty of your favorite beverages
  • Prepped food ready for grilling and serving (don’t forget the condiments!)
  • Utensils, cups and napkins
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • Canopy for shade and protection from the elements
  • Sunscreen (and insect repellant in warmer, wetter climates)
  • Garbage bags (make sure you leave your tailgate spot as clean as you found it!)

To prepare the perfect tailgate dishes prior to your event, why not cook up something special in an Elmira Stove Works range or Northstar range? You can also serve a perfectly chilled glass of your preferred brew on demand with our Northstar Keg Fridge – perfect for a garage, basement or man cave. And our appliances are available in your favorite team’s colors for an extra helping of spirit!

Turn your recreation room into the ‘coolest space on the block’ with a retro fridge with draft beer system

When the neighborhood bar scene gets old. When your bar buddies are looking for a place to gather. When the big game is on. You turbo charge your man cave or recreation room by adding a retro fridge with a draft beer system. All of a sudden, yours is the ultimate gathering place for the guys to gather and root for your favorite team.

Most people have pretty much the same basement setup. Flat screens. Couches. Maybe even a bar area. But what gives your place the ultimate edge is your keg fridge — with its exciting mid-century modern aesthetic and factory-installed draft beer system. Although this fridge almost sells itself, let’s run down some of the benefits of this unique addition to any serious beer lover’s play area.

1952_BREWCRWe start with the keg fridge, in all its
retro glory

The fridge itself — even without the draft beer system — is the pinnacle of coolness. These Northstar models are uniquely appointed with the smooth lines and dangerous curves that have given Northstar its reputation for being a cut above the rest.

There are six models available in nine standard colors, or match your team’s colors with an unlimited selection of custom colors.

We move to the draft beer system, with cold ones on tap

So, great, you have your fridge… But it isn’t long before having to open the door to grab your cold beers gets a bit old. And then you have to get the cap off the beer or flip the tab. It’s so much work, and you’ve got a game to focus on! Wouldn’t it be great if you had a draft system that lets you draw your beer just like at your favorite neighborhood watering hole? Well, now you can.

Say “hello” to the Northstar fridge with a factory-installed draft beer system. It comes complete with all the necessary accessories, including:

  • Through-the-door tap dispenser
  • Retro flame splashback
  • Drip tray
  • Coupler & connections
  • CO2 cylinder
  • Just add beer!

The real benefits for those who need more convincing

If a retro-cool refrigerator with draft beer system isn’t enough to get you to pull out your bank card and order right now, we thought perhaps we’d make a short list of some real benefits of adding the Northstar and BrewMaster teams to your man cave, recreation room or finished basement.

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The envy factor. One look at your game-day setup and your buddies will definitely want to hang out with you — heck, they might even want to be you (on game days, that is).

The safety factor. No more trying to navigate your way home on the roads from the neighborhood bar after a few cold ones — just walk upstairs to your bedroom when the game is over – and leave your buddies on the couch!

The spouse factor. If you decide to have a couple of beers after work, your spouse won’t have to look for you or go too far to find you.

The babysitter factor. For those beer lovers with kids, you won’t have to get a babysitter the next time you have a sudden urge to watch the game, eat wings and drink beer.

Elmira combines the ultra hip Northstar fridge with a factory-installed BrewMaster draft system. We’re ready to help you make your buddies jealous the instant they enter your recreation room… with the ultimate keg fridge.


8 ultimate man cave ideas to transform any space into an official March Madness headquarters

So, you’ve decided to host this year’s March Madness party. Your wife gave you a strict warning about greasy chicken wing stains on her living room carpet. The only viable alternative? Turn your basement or bonus room into the ultimate man cave. You’re on a tight time frame and a strict budget but, if you don’t get it all done in time for this year’s games, you’ll have a great head start for next year.

Inviting spaces + quirky furnishings = serious man cave

The true man cave is a statement of your own personality and style. It’s the one room in the home, other than maybe the dog house occasionally! – that a guy can call his own. From furniture to appliances, this space is a reflection of the man who calls it his home inside his home.

When it comes to design and layout, the ultimate man cave is serious business. You build your  man’s reputation with the creation of spaces and unique features that entertain, amuse and energize.

Here are 8 tips to help you get it done!

And now, without further ado — let’s get on with the list

  1. Choosing the right theme. Sports bar? Mountain or outdoor? Card/pool parlor? Beach club? Race track? The ultimate man cave features a prominent theme that guides the look and feel of appliances and furniture. The theme reflects the hobbies and interests of the host.
  2. TV/viewing arrangement. The TV is the very heart of the ultimate man cave. Select a respectable flat screen (may we suggest that bigger is definitely better?) and then create an optimal viewing arrangement of couches, and recliners in a semi-circular or theater-type configuration. If you can score some vintage seats from a local arena refurb or demolition, all the better.
  3. Video gaming stations. During the course of the March Madness evening, a video game tourney will most likely break out. Set your auxiliary TV in an area away from — but close to — the main viewing area. Keep the gamers out of the line of site (“Hey, sit down!”), but still part of the action.
  4. Bar / beverage area. The service area holds infinite opportunity for personalization. Mini-bars come in wood, steel, or concrete designs — and are always stocked with an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and the necessary “accoutrements” (you know, “accoutrements” – a fancy French word for pizza, wings, tacos, etc.).
  5. Table gaming stations. Bragging rights during breaks in the March Madness tournament are vigorously exchanged. Set aside an area for various gaming tables — billiards, cards, air hockey, etc. You can also throw down an interior golf putting green for the golf fanatics in your crowd.
  6. Unique appliances for refreshments. Think specialty refrigerators for that keg in your life. And, a retro microwave is perfect for reheating cold pizza leftover from the day before. Not that leftover pizza needs reheating.
  7. Man-inspired decorations. Extend the man cave theme with a selection of manly wall decor and lighting options. From framed athletic jerseys and autographed prints to cinder block bookshelves, there is a wide array of DIY decorating ideas that take little more than some basic materials and inspiration to create.
  8. Bathroom amenities. Nothing interrupts a great March Madness game like the call of nature. Installing a bathroom nearby keeps those interruptions to a minimum—particularly if there is a great deal of eating or drinking involved in the festivities.

Follow this guide step-by-step—or use it to inspire your own man cave creations. Either way, you’ll have your friends talking about your March Madness get-together long after the glow of the party has worn off.

Elmira is your one-stop shop for the must-have appliances to outfit your ultimate man cave. From keg fridges to retro microwaves to woodburning cookstoves, we offer a unique line of specialty appliances that are as functional as they are remarkable, to leave a lasting impression on your March Madness guests.


Elmira’s Northstar Beer Fridge. Made for Canadians, by Canadians.

1949_Leaf_Ver1There’s been a lot of talk about patriotic red fridges and Canadian beer lately. And you know what? We’re totally on board. In fact, that’s exactly why we created our Candy Red Northstar Keg Fridge so many years ago.  It comes with a factory-installed 1951-BREW BrewMaster system to optimize your beer-drinking experience.

We believe you should be able to have the retro Elmira Northstar fridge look you love with the added convenience of a keg tap dispenser right on the front.

It’s perfect for hockey game days, boys’ night, or even just a post-work pint to finish off a long day.

And with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics right around the corner, this fridge is the perfect way to bring a little Team Canada spirit into your home.

That’s the best part about this fridge – it’s 100% Canadian. In fact, Elmira has been designing and manufacturing appliances in Elmira, Ontario since 1975.1952_Tap_Reda Talk about true Canadian craftsmanship!

So while you’re cheering on Team Canada in Sochi, make sure your fridge is full, your keg is cold, and your tap is ready.  Remember, true Canadian beer belongs in a Canadian Elmira Northstar Keg Fridge.

Elmira Stove Works’ Brew Master Strikes Again in Qualified Remodeler

Elmira Stove Works’ Brew Master draft system is a new addition to its Northstar Refrigerator line. Available in three sizes with removable fittings, the system can be added to Model 1950,1951 or 1952. It comes with a through-the-door tap dispenser, Read more

‘Tap into Cool’ With Elmira’s New Brew Master Draft System Refrigerator

Elmira Stove Works introduces the new Brew Master draft system to its expanding Northstar refrigerator line. With the Brew Master, consumers can outfit any Northstar refrigerator model, offered in nine vibrant colors, with a factory-installed draft system for continuous use and ice cold draft beer.

Available in three sizes with removable fittings, the Brew Master draft system utilizes full fridge capacity to maximize storage potential. The draft system comes complete with all the necessary accessories, including a through-the-door tap dispenser, coupler, connections, CO2 cylinder and drip tray.

“We believe the Brew Master is a suitable and entertaining addition for the consumers who are attracted to our products. We are excited to be able to bring out Elmira’s fun personality in the appliance and allow consumers the luxury of a cold draft beer in the comfort of their own homes,” said Brian Hendrick, vice president of Elmira Stove Works.

The Brew Master can be added to Model 1950, 1951 or 1952 Northstar refrigerators. Shelving can easily be adjusted to allow for a slim ¼ or 1/6 keg in all three models. MSRP price $800, plus the price of the fridge.

The Northstar Collection also offers a complete line of customizable 1950s inspired appliances including ranges, microwaves, dishwasher panels, and hoods. With chrome trim, bright colors and smooth lines, the Northstar line instantly creates a retro transformation, offering a quick and easy remodeling option.

For more information on Elmira’s Brew Master draft system, visit