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Tailgating Tips with Help from Epting, Harry's & home.made


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Ladies and gents, College Football has commenced! What better way to ring in the start of a new season then with a few tailgating tips. We brought in ideas from a couple of our favorite Athens caterers, each letting you in on their favorite menu items for football Saturdays. Make sure to watch the video below shown on the ‘Featured Trends’ section of tbs. Epting Events shows the nation what makes a 5-Star Tailgate!

Of course, I couldn’t write a post about tailgating and football without mentioning our beloved bulldawg. Congrats Russ (DGD) promoted to UGA IX. GO DAWGS!


- Arrive to your tailgating spot early. Especially for early games, such as our 12:21 kickoff time set for this weekend, securing a spot under trees for shade or close to the restrooms is only possible if you beat the crowd.

- Prepare food items early and do any necessary prep-work at home. Freeze water bottles before putting them in the cooler to keep them colder longer.
What are some easy-transfer ideas for food and drinks?:
Harry’s Pig Shop: “If you pre-order from Harry’s Pig Shop, we will load it up for you. If you have an insulated tote bag or suitcase style rolling cooler, it helps.”

- It’s better to have too much food then it is to have too little. Plus, leftovers can be a great thing for those who have slightly more spirit than others…
What are the three things every tailgate needs?
Epting Events: “Obviously, some of our food from Harry’s Pig Shop, especially the sauces, some Bulldog nostalgia, and crushed ice.”

- In terms of food, the sky is the limit. No longer are you limited to hamburgers and hotdogs. As our local caterers reveal, tailgating in the South is taken to the next level.
What makes the perfect tailgate food?
home.made: “Southern foods that appeal to both men and women that can tolerate the heat and go down nicely with a beer or a bloody mary.”

Most popular/Favorite menu items for tailgates?
Epting & Harry’s: Our pecan smoked pulled pork with coleslaw, mac and cheese, baked beans, Shack sauce and sweet Vidalia onion sauce are a huge hit. Making pork sliders is perfect for kids or for tailgate grazing.

home.made: Smoked pork sliders, pickled deviled eggs, mississippi caviar with cornmeal crackers, and our sewanee bites – cheese straws sandwiched with pimiento cheese, rolled in GA pecans.

- Down here, tailgating is an event all in itself. The beauty about Southern tailgating is the thought and preparation that goes into it.
What makes tailgating in the South so special?
Mimi from home.made catering : “The sense of community togetherness – old college friends reuniting over a beloved pastime – celebrating our town and our team.”

Ashley Epting comments, “There are more people that will come to the tailgate and hang out then there are people that will go to the game.”

Other Athens Catering:

Barberitos (delivers)

Big City Bread

DePalma’s, Party Trays- menu

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Hubee D’s (delivers)

Loco’s (delivers)

Tagged: tailgating tips, epting events, harrys pig shop, homemade catering, barberitos, big city bread, depalmas, gigis cupcakes, hubee ds, locos


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