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Tailgating Tips: Are you a pro?

September 1 2015 | What's New
Spitale's Deli muffaletta


Tailgating: it’s a time where friends, family, and strangers bond over their love for football and food. We’re here to make sure you secure your place as MVT (most valuable tailgater) without spending all of your time slaving over hot flames and sharp knives.

As all good tailgating pros know, it’s a marathon not a sprint. The secret to success starts with having the right blend treats on your table. One we can’t stress enough: finding the perfect balance of fabulous finger foods and a main course (and of course, adult beverage choices).

Finger Foods:

Spitale’s Deli: It’s a not a tailgating party in New Orleans without muffalettas, but finding the perfect blend ingredients can be a tough feat if you have a muffaletta snob or two in the crowd.  That’s why we recommend hitting Spitale’s Deli to pick up a try of their mouthwatering muffalettas, in your choice of cocktail size or a 5-foot Party boy. While you’re there, grab some legendary Wings of Fire and Deviled Eggs, you won’t regret it. Spitale’s also has some of the best fresh fruit and veggie trays for less than you can expect to pay at the grocery store!

Cellos: Make your tailgating party uniquely New Orleans with Cellos Catering. The deli’s catering menu features an assortment of some of the best prepared dishes in the city. We recommend the crab and crawfish dip, gourmet cheese tray, marinated crab claws, mini po boys, boiled shrimp and remoulade sauce, and chicken drummettes. Throw in a Smoked Salmon Platter complete with cream cheese, red onion, chopped eggs and capers for good measure and you’ve got yourself a tailgating feast.

Main Course

Gumbo Shop: This New Orleans staple is a delicious blend of Creole and Cajun delights. We recommend sampling entire menu, but for tailgating check out their grab-n-go selection. You can’t go wrong with any of the gumbos, especially as the weather cools down it will keep you warm. The Cajun Pasta with Julienne Andouille, mushrooms, jumbo gulf shrimp crawfish tails, well-seasoned in wine cream sauce, tossed with shell pasta, and topped with Romano cheese is absolutely to die for. For a flavorful master piece of seafood blended together for the perfect taste, try the Seafood Orleans with gulf shrimp, lump crabmeat, and oysters sautéed in a sweet cream, fresh shallot and black pepper. And for authentic New Orleans with a  twist, Pasta Jambalaya your dish of choice. It’s plump chicken, Andouille sausage, and Tasso sautéed in a light tomato Creole and the Holy Trinity seasoned to perfection and tossed and simmered in Orzo pasta.

Not actually in New Orleans? Visit the Gumbo Shop’s online store to have some of their famous gumbo shipped to you or try one of our favorite gumbo recipes.


It’s not tailgating without a enjoying an adult beverage or two. We know most men prefer beer (see a list of our New Orleans craft brews), but noon games come early and often. So we suggest mixing up a pitcher or two Daisy Dukes Bloody Marys to get your day started right.

Now you’re ready to tailgate like a pro. So kick back, relax, and get ready to watch the Saints win. Who Dat!

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