Dan HenryDan Henry is a former Food Production Manager who spent 20 years in Hotel prep and banquet kitchens. He has worked with some of the country's top chefs. Dan has also been the Head Chef for his tailgating buddies for all of those years. He has perfected the art of cooking outside for large crowds. He has several published tailgating recipes and has recently started his own website, the tailgatingpros.com.
Dan Henry: Hi! My name is Dan Henry. I am with The Tailgating Pros. My partner and I run a website where you can order anything you need for the outdoor party, thetailgatingpros.
com. I've worked in restaurants for 15-20 years; I've tailgated for 25 years.
Today, I am going to show you how to run an easy and affordable tailgate party. What you'll need to get started with some good food, some good friends, and a football game.
Remember, a tailgate party is basically moving your entire kitchen operation to a parking lot. So, you are going to have hot grills, knives, and cars driving through your kitchen. So, lets get started.
Right now, we are going to talk about how to plan your menu. The best way to plan your menu is to come up with a theme. Is it Thanksgiving, is it Halloween, you want to wear costumes, is it somebodys birthday in the group, and who are you playing, if you are playing the New Orleans Saints, if you want to make Jambalaya, and mix up some hurricanes.
Today, I am outside the link in Philadelphia, where the Eagles are going to play the Redskins. So, we are going to cook some sausage and peppers, because everybody knows the Redskins are called the Hots, and we all know where sausage comes from.
We also some salt pretzels here, and some rolls, we are going to make some cheese sticks, because we are in Philadelphia, and thats what they are famous for.
Now, when you plan your menu, youre going to have to delegate the other people, who brings what because if you bring everything every time, its going to get mighty expensive, and thats not fun. So, you come up with a menu, write everything down, get a checklist, start making phone-calls, tell people what to bring.
You are also going to have to think about what kind of beverages to bring. Who is bringing what? Not everybody drinks beer anymore. People might want to mix drinks, people might want hot chocolate, people might want coffee, because it gets mighty cold, maybe not this time a year, but its going to get cold.
So, now, plan your menu, delegate, and get partying.