Traditional Wolverine Tailgating Foods
I'm not sure if I should be posting my question on this board or another but here goes. I'm hosting a get together here in Boston on Saturday to watch the Michigan v. Ohio State game. The group is solidly pro-Wolverine so we'd like to do a tailgating-style meal composed of regional Michigan foods. But having never been to a tailgating party at the Big House, we are at a loss as to what might be considered traditional foods for such a fete. Can any Wolverine chowhounds help me out with ideas? (And I hope I'm not offending any Buckeye fans!) TIA.
i am a big michigan fan so i say don't worry about offending the yuckeye fans....
that said, i don't think that there is a quintessential u of m tailgate spread. perhaps the closest you can get is a bunch of chardonnay and some brie. tailgates at michigan are pretty tame (lame) for a national power that packs in 112,000+ each week.
earlier this year, we had a group of 30 that set up shop on the u of m golf course and grilled a bunch of different things like ham wrapped mozzerella balls, brats, burgers, pork loin (cajun and carolina), and wings. 'gators in ann arbor are what you make them.
michigan is the better team but i have to admit, ohio state can throw a great tailgate - the "heiniegate" is some of the funnest tailgating in the big ten (but a far cry from what they do in the s.e.c. where tailgating is the social/gastronomical event of the week).
Yep, the SEC rules when it comes to tailgating. I went to Alabama and remember it fondly. Husband went to Texas so he has a strong football food tradition as well.
You mentioned brats. I had always thought of that as a Wisconsin thing but that might work. Just trying to come up with a distinctive Michigan angle -- other than ordering from Zingerman's.