Eating the Competition? That’s great! When you’re preparing foods based on the opponents, how far in advance do you start working on your game day menu?
The night we get home from the game we’ve just attended, we start working on the next menu. It takes all 7 days.
Are you watching for the schedule release each year trying to see who the opponents are going to be?
Oh yeah! That way we can see what things we need to do more research on. Some teams we’ve played numerous times, so it’s just a matter of going back and looking at our menus to see what we were going to make, but decided to opt for something different for that one game.
We put it on our calendar, when their calendar comes out.
You’ve been this for a few years now, so far what’s your favorite Eating the Competition menu item you’ve prepared in the last few years?
There are really 2. One is when we played Seattle, there was a seafood pasta. That consisted of angel hair pasta, crab meat, lobster, shrimp, and scallops. The seafood was prepared in a garlic-butter sauce, and then it was layered like a lasagna. Pasta, seafood, pasta, seafood, etc. It’s warmed over a low flame, and just melt a little butter on it.
The other one, I had to laugh because I was looking for something for Indianapolis. The favorite for Indy was a bologna sandwich.
A bologna sandwich? Coach Marrone would be happy with that, wouldn’t he?
That’s it! I told people we’re gonna eat the competition, and wish the coach a good game.
I’m sure he would appreciate that! Now, if someone wanted to become an expert tailgater such as yourself, do you have a couple tips for those that want to get into heavy tailgating?
I would say to definitely make sure you do a checklist. The last thing you wanna do is get down to the tailgate and realize you don’t have enough gas for your grill or charcoal. Do a pregame check, just like the Jaguars do.
I usually load my vehicle up with the table and chairs the night before, so the next morning I’m not scrambling to remember to put something in my vehicle.
How early do you get to the Jacksonville Fairgrounds on game day? Are you here right at 9:00 AM when we open?
We’re usually there ten minutes until 9:00 AM. We’re usually one of the first few cars through the gate.
So you’re on Tom Coughlin time each week? LOL
Oh Yeah! It’s better to be 5 minutes early, than 5 minutes late. LOL