Tailgating at a Ravens game
Under my post on 100 things every foodie should do in Baltimore, bob posted this comment:
... I would say go to a GOOD tailgate for a Ravens game. We make the top 5 every year in lists of places with the best tailgates in the NFL. I have seen some not so traditional tailgate items being cooked at some.
Posted by: bob | October 1, 2009 8:57 PM
I didn't realize there was a list of best NFL tailgates, let alone that we made the top five. ...
I just looked through our archives and didn't come up with a story about the list. However, Kevin Cowherd did write something on Ravens tailgating in '05, specifically on a couple of tailgating brothers, Marc and Gary Scher, who call themselves the Poe Brothers.
Here are their tips for a great party. I do like the part about no fondue:
"Don't get too fancy: In other words, be sure to serve tailgate-friendly food. Avoid anything that has to be cut with knife and fork, or foods that are a hassle to eat.
'This is tailgating, it's not sit-down dining,' said Marc Scher. 'Most people are standing and eating ... [so] you want something you can hold with one hand.'
Ham on fresh rolls, meaty ribs, big crackers that can be raked through the crab dip - these are all proven winners. They allow people to eat and talk football at the same time.
'Some [tailgaters] will have crabs,' said Gary Scher. 'But that's a social thing. When you eat crabs, you're concentrating on crabs. But this is about Ravens football.'
In a sense, the Poe Brothers' menu philosophy can be summed up in two words: no fondue.
'We tried it once - it didn't work,' said Marc Scher. 'Too messy. Too hard to keep hot.'
Don't be predictable: Try to come up with a new wrinkle for each tailgate party.
For the Poe Brothers, this often involves a surprise on their menu. Marc's Tailgate Tenderloin was a recent surprise - and a big hit - as were the fried oysters and flank steak they've also trotted out.
Around Thanksgiving, they might even serve turkey with all the trimmings.
'We like to keep [guests] guessing,' said Gary Scher.
Don't forget your guests: A tailgate party is about more than just the food. It's also a great social event.
'We always mingle with our guests,' said Gary Scher. 'We try to give everyone a little personal attention.'
This extends down to the 20-ounce plastic beer cup that each guest receives, complete with his or her nickname and jersey number on it."
(Unfortunately, there wasn't a photo of the Poe Brothers that I could find. The one above had this caption: Jim Weslow is the "grill-master" holding the beef and rump roast he is about to grill for his friends Richard Osman, Kelly Myron (seated) and Jerry Kossol before the first regular season Raven game of the year. Gene Sweeney Jr./Sun photographer)