During the Super Bowl on Sunday, Ad Hoc's Katie Hagan-Whelchel will be rooting for a certain Seahawks running back. She kind of owes him. Hagan-Whelchel won the Ad Hoc fantasy football league this year, and as she says, “It was all thanks to my boy Marshawn Lynch.” Clearly, she drafted well.
She’ll be cheering from the kitchen at Ad Hoc, where Thomas Keller’s casual Yountville restaurant will go all-out for an epic Super Bowl party for the first time. They're bringing in two 55-inch TVs and repurposing the restaurant's chalkboards, which traditionally carry the always-changing menu, to facilitate some friendly gambling. Every guest will be able to play Super Bowl squares (a simple and random betting system employed by offices and bars all over the country).
Hagan-Whelchel will be serving an epic meal that includes barbecue pulled pork poutine and Ad Hoc’s famous buttermilk fried chicken, although she may only be cooking through the second quarter. “Once the halftime show starts, you better believe I’m going to sneak out of the kitchen,” she says. And if you can't make it to Yountville, you should at least make this game day-friendly, chicken finger version of one of Ad Hoc’s signature dishes.