Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Bring Tailgating Home

Sep 14, 2015 06:19AM ● Published by Family Features

(Family Features) Football. Parking Lots. Grilled food. Three unmistakable signs that a new season is here – tailgate season.

But things are changing. More people are tailgating at home. Those changes are being driven by economics, a desire to be with more friends and to extend the game day party.

Season ticket sales for professional sports have dropped more than 47 percent since 2005, according to a study from Tailgater Magazine. The research also found that in the last 10 years, the average ticket price for a professional football game has risen more than 50 percent and parking fees have doubled. 

“We’re seeing that homeowners want to bring everyone over for the game, rather than go anywhere,” said Matt Hillebrand, principal of Don’s Appliances in Pittsburgh.

It’s a trend some are calling “homegating.”

Kick off with the grill
Food makes or breaks a homegate. Get the grill off the sidelines. So many times the grill is in a corner, but that takes the host out of the game.

“Keep the grill close to the action,” said Russ Faulk, grillmaster for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “That way, the cook can talk with guests during the game.”

As for the menu, Faulk recommends individual-sized appetizers – like sliders and mini tacos.

Mix it up at halftime
Fire pits, smokers and pizza ovens make the party more interactive for guests, Hillebrand said.

Pizza ovens get your guests involved in the cooking, Faulk said. Some companies, such as Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, offer countertop versions.

When the weather gets cooler, fire pits offer a place to warm up while watching the game outdoors. They also create opportunities for more activities, like making s’mores.

Headed to overtime
Let’s not forget the reason for the homegate: the game.

Specialized TVs are made to stand up to the weather and keep the gang outdoors, simulating the stadium experience.

For a more budget-friendly option, tune in through wireless Bluetooth speakers that extend the call of the game to all corners of the yard.

For more ways to enhance the homegating experience, visit kalamazoogourmet.com.

Kalamazoo Sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt
  • 4 pretzel rolls, about 3 inches in diameter
  • 1 pound (15 percent lean) ground beef
  • 4 ounces Cambozola cheese, cut into chunks
  • 4 cocktail skewers

Preparation

  1. Prepare the grill for direct grilling over high heat, about 700 F grill grate temperature.
  2. Slice red onion into 3/4-inch thick slices. Oil both sides and season with salt. Reserve.
  3. Slice pretzel rolls. On dessert plate, pour oil and dip cut sides of each roll to coat evenly. Season oiled side with salt. Reserve.
  4. Form ground beef into patties 1-inch larger in diameter than rolls and about 3/4-inch thick. Recess center of patties so when burgers plump, they will turn out flat.
  5. Brush each patty on all sides with olive oil and season with salt.
  6. Grill onion slices until translucent and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from grill, break slices down into rings and reserve.
  7. Grill beef patties, turning once, 3-4 minutes per side. Flip patties, adding large ring of onion to each patty. Add small ring or two of onion inside larger ring. Add cheese on top of onion.
  8. While cheese is melting and bottom of patties are cooking, lightly grill rolls.
  9. Gently remove burgers when done and transfer directly onto pretzel rolls. Skewer each burger.

looking to cheat sledaddicts.com want my wife to cheat
]]>

Sponsored by Kalamazoo

Family Features Family Features Food
  • The Boutique Bridal Show

    01/21/2018
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Boutique Bridal Show is intimate, organized and effective. Our focus is on vendors and brides...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/22/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • 3D Printing 101

    01/23/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Thursday, Jan 18th at the Cade Community...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/17/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Lin Emery and the Appeal of Kinetic Sculpture

    01/17/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for a special lecture with Art Historian and Physicist Philip Palmedo that celebrates the...


  • The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Thursday, Jan 18th at the Cade Community...


  • Join four-time competitor and two-time American Ninja Warrior finalist Cass Clawson for the grand...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    01/18/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet is Thursday, Jan 18th at the Cade Community...


  • Friends of the Library Mystery Book Sale

    01/20/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Support the Friends of the Library by heading down to the Main Library in downtown Lafayette and ...


  • The Boutique Bridal Show

    01/21/2018
    01:00PM — 04:00PM

    The Boutique Bridal Show is intimate, organized and effective. Our focus is on vendors and brides...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/22/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • 3D Printing 101

    01/23/2018
    04:30PM — 05:30PM

    Have a child or teenager interested in learning the basics of creating and printing on a 3D print...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/24/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Heart Notes with Ashana Sophia

    01/24/2018
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    From the atoms that make up your body to the spiraling Milky Way galaxy, everything is an express...


  • Cinema on the Bayou

    01/24/2018
    06:30PM

    The 13th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival has selected nearly 180 films, including World, U.S. a...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    01/25/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    01/25/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


  • Blowout Book Sale

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Come to the Hilliard Store for a blowout book sale! Select titles will up to 50% off. Members can...


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/29/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Citizenship Classes

    01/31/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Flex your creative writing muscles at a literature workshop organized by the Acadiana Writing Pro...


  • Free-Throw Thursdays

    02/01/2018
    04:00PM — 05:00PM

    Every Thursday of the months of January and February join friends and fellow basketball lovers fo...


  • Tutor Training Workshop

    02/01/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP Thursday, January 25 and Thursday, February 1 5:00-7:30 p.m. Tu...


  • During February's workshop, the legendary Jackie Miller of Iota, Louisiana, will be leading a tra...


  • Courir de Mardi Gras

    02/04/2018
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    Join us at Vermilionville on Sunday, February 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, as we bring a tra...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/05/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Trivia Time

    02/05/2018
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Think you know your trivia? Have you watched way too many Rom-Coms and think you can beat out oth...


  • Citizenship Classes

    02/07/2018
    05:00PM — 07:30PM

    NINE WEEK COURSE Beginning Wednesday, January 17th MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:00-7:30 P.M....


  • Join the theatre department as select students perform pieces of poetry, monologues, and short sc...


  • Lafayette Reads Together Film Screening

    02/07/2018
    06:00PM — 07:45PM

    As a part of the Lafayette Read Together event, two films will be screened in February for those ...


 

 

January 2018 - 10th Anniversary Issue