Miami Chef With Kansas City Roots Plans Super Bowl Block Party For Chiefs Fans

Jan 31, 2020

When the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship earlier this month, Miami Chef Brad Kilgore’s plans for Super Bowl Week went from “just a busy, fun week here in Miami, to maybe the most important week I’ve had since my wedding,” he said, laughing.

Cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami is a distinct pleasure for Kilgore. The Magic City chef is a Kansas City native — and he’s got big plans for watching his first hometown team play in his adopted hometown’s stadium.

Kilgore is helping to organize a free Super Bowl block party outside his midtown restaurant, Ember.

The crank grill at Ember in midtown Miami.
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The outdoor plaza will be covered in AstroTurf, complete with yard lines. Spectators will be able to watch the game projected onto a large screen from stadium-style seating. There will be chances to throw footballs and bean bags for prizes, plus a raffle and a photo opportunity with an oversized helmet.

Kilgore designed the menu to appeal to a crowd of Chiefs fans: Of course, Kansas City barbecue will be available, as will Boulevard Brewing Company beer. And he’ll be serving a 60-ounce bone-in tomahawk steak with a special twist to honor Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“We’re gonna serve it with ketchup, just like Patrick wants,” Kilgore said, “and call it the Tom-Mahomes ribeye.”

Kilgore has three other restaurants in Miami: Kaido, also in midtown; Alter in Wynwood; and BRAVA at downtown’s Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center. His wife, Soraya Kilgore, is a pastry chef and has her own midtown shop: MadLab Creamery.

Brad Kilgore said he welcomes Kansas Citians who are in Miami for the Super Bowl festivities but unable to attend the faceoff with the San Francisco 49ers in person at Hard Rock Stadium.

“They [can] come in and still be in Miami, still see the palm trees,” he said, “but feel a little bit of home.”

During a Super Bowl block party, chef Brad Kilgore is serving ribs with his BKQ sauce -- his take on the traditional Kansas City barbecue sauce.
Credit Jessica Bakeman / WLRN