Saturdays on college campuses is as good as it gets, and it typically kicks off with friends and family gathered around a tailgate enjoying delicious food. In that spirit, Indy chefs will be showcasing their talent as they present weekly tailgate tastes inspired by the location of ESPN College GameDay. Each week when the GameDay location is announced a new chef will be challenged to blend ingredients and inspiration to tempt your tastebuds. Dishes will be available on menus for the duration of the college football season so get out and get your appetite into the game.
Inspiration for Tailgate Taste: Since 1921, the Utz “Crab Chip” – featuring crispy potatoes topped with Chesapeake Bay crab seasoning - has been a Pennsylvania staple. Geraldine’s is coupling those chips with another unmistakable product of Pennsylvania, cream cheese. Philly Cream Cheese is taken to another level on this unforgettable crowd pleaser.
Favorite College Team: IU Hoosiers
Why Do You #LoveIndy?: The developing culinary scene and availability of wonderful products.
Inspiration for Tailgate Taste: This sandwich is based on an Iowa classic, the Maid-Rite sandwich. The original Maid-Rite sandwich was invented in Iowa when a local butcher steamed hamburger instead of frying it and slurried in some spices. Unlike a sloppy joe, the Maid-Rite does not use sauce, but rather spices to carry the flavor.
Favorite College Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Why Do You #LoveIndy?: Indy has been a great place to set down some roots, have a family, and be a part of a thriving culinary community.
Inspiration for Tailgate Taste: When I think of tailgating I think of BBQ lines of trailers with hamburgers, hotdogs and everything. To pay homage to the tar heel state, I developed Sweet Carolina BBQ Boomerangs. These grilled wings carry forward a uniquely Carolina vinegar zing.
Favorite College Team: My alma mater the Murray State Racers.
Why Do You #LoveIndy?: Indianapolis has been home for me since 1997 and I love all the sporting events and people that flood the city year round.