Donna Kelce and Barefoot Wine food and wine pairings get big applause

As the countdown quickens to the big game, Donna Kelce joined Barefoot Wine, the Official Wine Sponsor of the NFL, to suggest some crowd-pleasing food and beverage pairings. Ready to toast winning the food spread?
Donna Kelce shares her favorite Barefoot Wine and food pairings for the big game
Donna Kelce shares her favorite Barefoot Wine and food pairings for the big game / Barefoot Wines

The big game is more than a nail-biting slant pass to a tight end and epic endzone celebrations. Food and beverages score with the home crowd. As people gather around that screen, their hands cradle an overflowing plate and a full glass. This year, Donna Kelce joined Barefoot Wine to offer some food and beverage pairings that everyone will like.  

When choosing a big game food spread, the party host needs to be considerate of the situation. Feeding a crowd is not always easy. Even though there is always one person who never eats food that is a particular color or only eats food that is crunchy, the reality is that the event is about serving the majority. It is impossible to please everyone.  

Recently, Barefoot Wine partnered with Donna Kelce to share some of her crowd-pleasing food and wine pairings. In her Donna’s Playbook, everyone’s favorite football mom has some advice for the expected and unexpected moments. Although she might not recommend indulging to the point where clothes become optional, having a full glass to toast that epic play is always a good idea.  

Kelce’s food and wine pairings feature some favorite dishes that have become family staples. These recipes do not require complicated sauces, a laundry list of ingredients, or even a fork and knife. Sometimes, the food should be that key element that ties everything together, like a strong O-Line that ensures the quarterback is protected.  

Donna Kelce's big game food and Barefoot wine
Donna Kelce's big game food and wine suggestions / Barefoot Wine

Here are the Donna Kelce and Barefoot Wine pairings that will win over the crowd.  

Donna’s Traditional Hot Dogs and Barefoot Pinot Grigio 

While a hot dog might be a ballpark tradition, the classic food is a great choice for a gameday spread. Pairing it with a Barefoot Pinot Grigio is straightforward. The crisp, vibrant wine can cut through the hotdog and all its toppings. Even if there is a little fruity note in the wine, it might be that punch of acid that brightens up the bite.  

Travis' Kansas City Chicken Wings and Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc

Since chicken wings are a big game staple, Kelce recommends Travis’ Kansas City Chicken Wings paired with Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc. Even if Travis might have another combo meal that he loves, this food and beverage pairing is a classic.  

Also, Sauvignon Blanc and chicken wings make for a great combination. The wine can stand up to spice, savory, and even a hint of sweet.  

Here’s how to make Travis’ Kansas City Chicken Wings 


2 lbs chicken wings 

2 tbsp olive oil 

1 tsp salt 

1/2 cup hot sauce 

1/4 cup unsalted butter 


Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). 

Toss chicken wings with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. 

Bake wings on a rack for 45-50 minutes until crispy, turning halfway. 

In a bowl, mix hot sauce and melted butter. 

Toss baked wings in the sauce until coated. 

Serve hot. Enjoy! 

 Jason's Philly Cheese Steak and Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon

Although Jason’s team, the Eagles, are not competing in the big game, a Philly Cheese Steak is always a winner on a food spread. Even if the dish can get a little messy, the hearty flavors keep that hunger away during the fourth quarter chaos.  

With this food and wine pairing, Donna recommends Jason’s Philly Cheese Steak with Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon. While this red wine is a little jammy, it can stand up to the hearty beef. It is a nice contrast in flavors.  

Hungry to try Jason’s Philly Cheese Steak recipe?  


1 lb thinly sliced ribeye steak 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

1 large onion, thinly sliced 

1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced 

4 slices provolone or American cheese 

4 hoagie rolls, sliced 


Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. 

Cook steak with salt and pepper until browned and cooked through. 

Add onions and peppers; cook until softened and caramelized. 

Combine steak with onions and peppers in the skillet. 

Top with cheese slices; let them melt. 

Scoop up the mixture with melted cheese into hoagie rolls. 

Serve hot and customize with toppings if desired. Enjoy! 

From chicken wings and cheese steak to pizza or even a veggie burger, Barefoot Wine has a bottle that will go with anything on the table. Grab a glass and toast to the end of the NFL season. This year was a new era, and everyone joined the celebration.