Tailgating is a pastime that goes with football like chalk lines on the playing turf. The smells from numerous grills, sounds of laughter and snippets of conversations, and a little smack talk add to the anticipation of a well played game. Janine Washle from Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen knows that any great tailgating party doesn't just happen, it requires advance planning. To maximize your fun and ensure that all goes smoothly, it is important to follow a few guidelines:
First of all, ensure the venue allows tailgating, grills, and/or alcohol by "googling" the school you are interested in:
Click here for University of Louisville tailgating rules.
Click here for University of Kentucky tailgating rules.
Click here for Indiana University tailgating rules.
The 5 C's of Tailgating
Prepare a checklist to ensure all items make it into the vehicle.
Appoint 2 leaders:
Location coordinator: This person scouts out the best tailgating spot in advance of the game, arrives early and sets up generator for small television or radio, and any other small appliances, sets up and starts the grill especially if it is charcoal. Brings along the coolers with the ice and beverages. If allowed, sets up a canopy. Lastly, locates restrooms and port-a-pot locations.
Food coordinator: Whether this person designates a potluck punt, is part of the deli line defense, or single handedly blitzes the gridiron menu, it is key that this person is well organized. Who wants to run to the grocery from a game day parking lot?
Prepare a zippered bag, backpack, or even a fabric tool bag with essential items such as sunscreen, bug spray, band-aids, neosporin, ponchos in plastic bags (no umbrellas), tissues, eye drops, etc…
MVTP: Most Valuable Toilet Paper. You will be glad to have it with you when the port-a-pots run out!
Inventory chairs, blankets, and any other items for seating comfort. NOTE: I noticed when researching this information, some schools have regulations against certain types of stadium seats. Check beforehand!
Check the fuel level of the grill's propane tank, or how many bags of charcoal are on hand and the lighting source ie matches, lighter.
Check out the portable grill to ensure that all components are in working order.
Locate and ensure the portable serving table fits in the car's trunk or back of the SUV (Sam's Club sells 4' and 6' plastic buffet tables).
Inventory serve ware, flatware, plates, bowls, and drink ware. Double even triple amounts per total number of guests.
Bring a instant-read thermometer (available at most supermarkets) to check temperatures. A thermometer is the only safe ways to keep hot foods hot (140 degrees or higher) and cold foods cold (below 40 degrees). Don't guess whether it's safe.
Cleaning solution (1TB bleach in a gallon of water is the USDA/FSI guideline) in a spray bottle clearly marked "Cleaning Solution".
Bring water for washing and hands in clean containers clearly marked as "Wash Water".
Bring plenty of paper towels.
Bring large trash bags to dispose of all used items. Be courteous and clean up your tailgating area promptly.
Arrive early (if allowed) to comfortably set up and get grills started NOTE: some schools have grill bans.
Alcoholic beverages need to be in plastic cups/containers. NOTE: Many schools have specific alcoholic beverage policies.
Many schools do not allow football throwing in parking lots. Bring a couple decks of cards, board games, even portable "cornhole" or "washers" can be set up in close proximity to the tailgating area.
Many schools only allow one car in a space and tailgating as well in that space. In other words, you can't "reserve" the space beside you as the tailgating space.
RVs, pull behind trailers (such as smoker units, large grills), and large trucks either need special permits, or are prohibited from parking in the main car lots and need to go to special parking areas many times off-site but within walking distance.
FREE RECIPE BOOKLET!!
Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen also has a special Tailgating Tips & Recipe Booklet available by email. To ask for a complimentary copy, just email Janine Washle at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CloverFields Farm & Kitchen
3720 Mt. Olive Rd.
Hardin Springs Area
Big Clifty, KY 42712
Janine Washle and her family live at the Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen in Big Clifty, Kentucky in Hardin County. CloverFields Farm & Kitchen, part of a century old farmstead, is our home and business. The McGuffin house, the original farmhouse, is a registered state landmark. CloverFields Farm has a prosperous farming history. They are continuing this rural story in their own unique way by the addition of CloverFields Kitchen a place to explore the past through food and merge it with our modern lifestyles.
CloverFields Farm is dedicated to the preservation of southern, especially Kentucky, food traditions. The kitchen is commercially-outfitted compliant with Health Department standards. In this kitchen I develop new recipes based on original ideas, inspirations from my culinary research, and most often according to what is in season.
On the farm, they make many gifts and specialty items. She is currently working on her first cookbook, but she also has a long resume developing recipes for several companies. She has also won several contests and cook-offs with her original recipes.