By The Gourmet Gents
We’ve said goodbye to NCAA and Fantasy Football, but there’s still one huge game left to captivate your football friends before the end of the season! If you are one of the lucky ones, you could be traveling to Minnesota for an epic tailgate.
The rest of us will have to settle for going into the offseason with an epic, end-of-season “Homegate!”
Your basic homegate isn’t so different from a tailgate – and we throw the best tailgate in the south. Some of the same principles are going to make or break both events and we’re willing to share the key ingredients in winning your own personal homegate. So let’s get down to business:
Know your TV accessibility! You don’t want to be standing in a small room with 40 fans blocking your view and drowning out the play by play with Kardashian gossip. Keep your guests comfortable by knowing what your home spaces can allow.
Multiple TVs in different rooms, or outside the house, can alleviate a lot of spatial shortcomings. Combine that with a carefully manicured guest list and you’ll be sure to meet the optimum TV to guest ratio of your party.
We rock our tailgates because we plan, plan and then plan some more. You can do the same thing at home just as soon as you know the people and space you are planning for.
Beverage variety is a virtue. Having a wide choice in beverages will ensure all of your guests, and their designated drivers, can quench their thirst. If you are planning to offer mixed drinks, be sure to have a surplus of fresh ice for mixing. For other drinks it’s important to have a single location that is easily accessible and stocked with openers for wine and beer bottles.
Fail to heed this advice and you’ve effectively volunteered yourself as bartender during the game.
Just like a busy tailgate, the best way to assist homegate guests is to help them help themselves.
Nothing, and we mean nothing, is as important as the food. If you’re like the rest of humanity, you will want to find a no-fail crowd pleasing recipe that won’t take all weekend to make. It’s not a tall order if you remember our key to cooking for a crowd: Great ingredients make great food!
Below we have provided some of our favorite game day staples and the time you should set aside for each.
In seven years of gourmet tailgating, we have planned many great parties and tried hundreds of recipes to make our parties the best. We’re certain the above tips and pointers can help make your big game party the best on the block.