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Revenge is sweet for Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts’ office has already scored a candy basket from Arizona. Still to come: Tamales, and a few goodies from Seattle.
Jennifer Roberts’ office has already scored a candy basket from Arizona. Still to come: Tamales, and a few goodies from Seattle. Courtesy of Gregg Watkins

All the talk this week has been about Super Bowl bets. Breweries betting breweries, barbecue restaurants bracing for orders, even chefs challenging other chefs.

So how about the results of bets? Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts is staying away from food bets this time. She and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have kept it simple, agreeing to each wear the jersey of the other team if their team loses (with pictures on Twitter and Facebook to prove it).

But according to Roberts’ communication manager, Gregg Watkins, Roberts has been making food bets already, it turns out. For the two playoff games against the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks, Her Honor offered to send barbecue from Mac’s Speed Shop, beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, and salted caramel brownies from Amelie’s.

In exchange, Seattle’s mayor offered local beer, wine from a local wine school and Korean barbecue. The swap from Arizona: Tamales and candy from Cerreta Candy Company, a family-owned chocolate maker in Glendale, Ariz.

So far, of course, it has worked out in Roberts’ favor.

“We haven’t had to pay out yet and don’t intend to start now,” Watkins said.

The other cities have been slow to pay off, though. On Wednesday, the promised candy basket from Cerreta had finally arrived. No sign of the tamales yet. As for Seattle, Watkins says the mayor’s office is still waiting.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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