So the Bears open their 100th season and this years NFL season tomorrow night at Soldier Field virus the Packers. No matter what a team’s performance is on the field, one way to make sure hordes of folks rolling up to stadiums feel like winners is a solid tailgating experience. Avid tailgaters have these parking-lot parties down to a science. I’ve tailgated with many different folks over the years, but none better than with my friend Don Ramsell. This man had this entire process in hand!! We arrived, parked had the grill out and hot and were beveraging and eating in what seemed like just a few minutes. It was impressive! No muss, no fuss just fun and food and then football. So here are some tips from the pros on how to make your tailgating better.
Keep your team colors prominent on canopies, chairs, tablecloths and paper plates; and get opposing teams in the mix. Is your team playing the Ravens? Grill up chicken wings and call them raven wings.
They strongly recommends finger foods for the party so that guests can stand, hold drinks and munch at the same time. And keep the food coming in waves, making sure eats are on the table as soon as possible. That’s particularly important for guests who’ve already started drinking.
Use rubber gloves when preparing food, and change them after handling raw meats. To avoid cross-contamination, cooked foods should be kept on tables separate from raw food. Foods and drinks need their own separate coolers, as well.
Arrive at the lot before it opens for the best chance of claiming a prime spot. There’s typically only a few hours of tailgating time, from gate opening to kickoff, so unload and set up expeditiously. The grill should be the last thing packed so that it’s the first thing out of the vehicle and available to be fired up upon arrival. Put it at the front of the party, because the grilling is part of the show.
Keep an eye out for guests who have consumed too much alcohol. “Tell them you’re going to take the liquor away and give them water and let them chill out for a little bit.
Most avid tailgaters are on this already, but we thought would be good to put it all in front of you……for reference of course.
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