Tail­gat­ing Sea­son is well under­way. This great Amer­i­can tra­di­tion has moved to higher ground where food and sports take the field together.

Sim­pler times called for pedes­trian sand­wiches, potato chips and cold drinks tossed into a tote bag. Move over Rover.

Tail­gat­ing has become a lively, con­vivial event with a life of its own. This portable party binds game day good eats with an oppor­tu­nity for social­iz­ing with friends and other fans.

The menu may be a bit more high art than high brow. Bring the gear and appetites for a day long feast. Game day? We’ve got you covered.

Sips & Drinks: Go with cool quenchers for those Indian Sum­mer days to hot tod­dies for chill­ier ones around the cor­ner. Fresh cut mel­ons, cel­ery, cucum­bers and cit­rus deliver for bev­er­age gar­nishes. Dress up apple cider with spices, pear slices or even cran­ber­ries. Cheers to fresh lemon­grass or rose­mary skew­ers adding more drama to cock­tail bars.

Snacks & Nib­bles: Herbed roasted nuts, veg­gie cru­dités, chunky gua­camole and roasted red pep­per dip get things rolling. As the crowd arrives, greet them with small bites to break open the festivities.

Break­fast of Cham­pi­ons: For early starters, break­fast runs from the sweet to the savory. Build bold stratas (aspara­gus, leeks, mush­rooms and sweet pep­pers), spinach frit­tatas, and arti­choke tarts. All easy hand foods.

Morn­ing baked goods take on fall using apples, pears, bananas, pump­kin, cran­ber­ries, nuts and dried fruits to sat­isfy the sweet tooth.

Hot Pots: Any­thing goes for chili, stew and soup. A hot cup with the last of summer’s corn, vel­vety car­rots and gin­ger, smoky black bean, or roasted tomato or fen­nel will be memorable.

Grill On: Every­thing gets grilled. Why not have a some dip­ping sauces and glazes for those burg­ers, dogs and kabobs? Fresh herbs add to the platter.

Last Play: Like other major food events, dessert is the finale. Bars, cook­ies and cakes define the vic­tory or soothes any defeat. Score with Fall clas­sics like blondies, apple wal­nut cake and gin­ger spiced molasses cook­ies. The lin­ger­ing mouth feel con­cludes the per­fect tail­gate experience.

Game On Amer­ica! The road war­rior cooks are putting on the show.

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