SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Either San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee or Seattle Mayor  Edward Murray will be shipping local food delicacies to the other after Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the 49ers and Seahawks.

The traditional mayoral bet announced Wednesday has a higher purpose, with the losing mayor pledging to help raise $10,000 for meal programs in the competing city, but besides the charity, the bet is always a chance to showcase what foods best exemplify the city’s culture and cuisine.

If and when Seattle loses, the mayor would have to ship Washington’s Molly Moon’s Ice Cream and Theo Chocolate to San Francisco.  If it goes the other way, Lee would ship Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Poco Dolce Chocolates and Lefty O’Doul’s original 1958 Bloody Mary Mix to Seattle.

Lee is pretty sure the food bank help, and the chocolate and ice cream will be flowing south, and just to help focus the city on the team, City Hall will continue to be lit in red and gold for the remainder of the 49ers playoffs.

“When the Niners raise that Lombardi Trophy in New York City next month, they will do so knowing that they’d made the trip up to Seattle and triumphed over their rivals from the North,” the mayor said in a news release.

Seattle’s mayor countered with, “We know too, that the 12th man will boost our players and make it very tough for our division rival 49ers to get in a win in Seattle. We can’t say this enough, bring your earplugs.”

Both mayors reiterated requests for respect for the other team’s fans, and for loud but peaceful cheering.


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