PHILADELPHIA – Tip-off for the Final Four is almost 24 hours away, and fans attending at NRG Stadium in Houston will have four distinct sandwiches thanks to Aramark.
"It seems fitting that the signature games of the college basketball season should feature signature sandwiches from each school," said Mark Cornish, Aramark executive chef at NRG Stadium.
Chef Cornish's Final Four signature sandwiches represent each market by paying homage to its distinctive tastes and flavors.
• Carolina Pulled Pork – University of North Carolina – Carolina pulled pork, topped with a vinegar based barbeque sauce and slaw, served on a potato roll with a side of chips.
• Sooner Fried Steak – University of Oklahoma – Chicken fried steak served with potato chips.
• Wildcat Cheesesteak – Villanova University – Traditional Philadelphia cheesesteak served on a classic Philadelphia Amoroso roll.
• Syracuse Sausage and Salt Potatoes – Syracuse University – Syracuse's Gianelli sausage and onions sandwich served with a side of homemade Central New York salt potatoes.
To provide a touch of authenticity, where possible, an ingredient from the school's hometown was incorporated into the recipe.
For the tournament games, NRG stadium plans to have more than 2,000 Aramark associates on hand, working in concession stands and retail stores.