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I know it’s early to say the Jets are going to the Super Bowl. But like every other Gang Green fan, I’m sure it’s going to happen. And that’s not the only reason to get excited about Miami on Super Bowl weekend. More details are emerging about superstar chef Mario Batali’s Super Brunch, which he’s hosting February 6 at the Viceroy Miami, the day before the Super Bowl. He’s co-hosting with Phillies All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer. (How did Moyers get to know Batali? Cute story. When Moyers pitched in Seattle, he’d stop at the excellent cured meat spot Salumi on his way to the ballpark; Salumi is owned by Batali’s father Armandino).
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Back to the Super Brunch party. Mario will be cooking with his friends Emeril Lagasse and Michael Psilakis of Anthos in NYC (and an F&W Best New Chef 2008). We’ll all be doing a couple of our favorite dishes,” says Batali, which means he menu includes cute little sausage and pepper sandwiches, savory chestnut crepes with ricotta and Emeril’s world -famous bbq shrimp with rosemary biscuits. Besides that, Jimmy Fallon will tell jokes, Jimmy Buffet will mix some cocktails and some singers will further entertain the party (more on that soon). Tickets are pricey—$1,000 each, available here—but all benefits go to both the Mario Batali Foundation (which empowers children) and the Moyers Foundation Camp Erin (which helps kids deal with death). Besides, it will also be your chance to mingle with a bunch of hungry athletes, including a few Jets, if they’re not too busy focusing on the big game. After all, they’re fans of Mario’s. Both coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez have been spotted at Babbo during the regular season.