Are you ready for some football?? #SoooBoca is…with a twist of course due to Covid-19. We won’t be tailgating this year but we will be “homegating” for sure!
Time To Punt
Stadiums are allowing some in person attendance but no tailgating. No fears…we have some suggestions for your first homegating party!
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As a family we have been fortunate to experience many amazing tailgate experiences at Ohio State over the years and attend bowl games including the Rose Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.
So being that it is 2020 and Covid-19 hit the world and gatherings are not the same or non existent, we know that pivoting is the new name of the football and sporting events game. So lets play shall we!
Favorite Football Game Day Foods
I did a quick poll of my pals and the front runners for the most popular finger foods included chicken wings, seven layer dips, pulled pork sliders, a good grilled hotdog, nachos and anything being grilled or cooked in a crock pot. Lets not forget chili, mac and cheese, Pubsubs and some smoked fish dip to round out game day!
If you are planning a “homegating” thing, like we are, make sure to throw in a great game of corn hole or ping pong to accompany more great appys like a charcuterie board, veggie platter or Old Bay seasoned steamed shrimp.
Don’t forget to get your favorite team decorations, caps, shirts, masks and cups to get into the spirit of football season! Add to the mix plates, napkins and table cloths and you are good to go.
If you are like us you can really annoy the neighbors with your team flag and playing your favorite team fight song over and over again!
Simple Recipes Score
This is also a great time to try something new! Kylie Bellisari has put together three unique and different menus that you may like to try that are on her blog!
She hits the “ball” out of the park featuring Spain, Greece and end of summer light meals that are easy to prepare, that you will enjoy and that are perfect for any game day!
Plus, if you want to try something really good, she has shared our secret #SoooBoca Sangria recipe! This fruit soaked sangria is simply refreshing and delish…secret being to soak the fruit in black berry brandy before adding it to the wine. Cheers!
Tailgating Tips For Down The Road
Putting on a successful game day event needs a little pre planning so I reached out to my sister-in law, Annette Johnson, owner of Bellisari’s Gourmet Convenience, for her tailgate party wisdom to ensure if you are having your own game day event it runs smoothly. PS…her Fig and Blistered Jalepeno Spreads is my personal fave!
As Annette says, “It is all about the pre-plan like freezing water bottles for your cooler, food prepping the day before, testing your grill and being prepared”.
With tailgating on hold for now, just tuck these great tips away for perhaps next football season.
Boca Raton Sports Bars & Restaurants
Lastly…sometimes you simply want to watch your favorite team play sitting at a local sports bar or your favorite watering hole. No worries! There are a variety of restaurants that embrace and make game days a ton of fun. Make sure to check to see who is open and what their guidelines are.
Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill – 45 Federal Highway
Duffy’s Sports Grill – 21212 St. Andrews Blvd.
Miller’s Ale House – 1200 Yamato Road.
Yard House – 201 Plaza Real Suite 1201
Packys Sports Grill – 11379 W Palmetto Park Rd # F
Whistle Stop – 395 NE Spanish River Blvd.
Hijinks Sports Grill – 133 SE Mizner Blvd.
We would love to know your favorite spot in Boca to watch your sports teams play so make sure to DM us on Instagram @soooboca Here is to another great football season and may all my teams win!
Michele Bellisari is the founder of #SoooBoca® – A Boca Raton and Florida Lifestyle Blog. She is a Realtor with RE/MAX Services, a mom of millennials and lover of all things Florida!