Taste of the Month: Terrific Tailgates
Tailgating is a time-honored American tradition — it brings families, friends, and other fans together through good food and beverages hours before a game or concert. At Beaver Stadium, Penn State’s tailgating scene is considered one of the best in the country, and it has grown over the years. Fans feast on an array of tailgating fare from hamburgers and hot dogs to ribs and pulled pork sandwiches.
For those who are looking to have a tailgate with someone else doing the cooking, a few places have some choice options.
Damon’s Grill and Prospector’s Allegheny Rib Company
1031 East College Avenue, State College
(814) 237-6300 or (814) 861-RIBS
This fall, two of the area’s best barbecue catering departments has partnered to bring succulent, juicy pulled pork and fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs to hungry tailgaters. Whether you want to pick up your food on your way to your tailgate or grab it up at the stadium, Damon’s Grill and Prospector’s Allegheny Rib Company have got you covered.
Damon’s owner and operator Greg DuBois partnered with Marc Fetters of Prospector’s Catering and Concessions to provide tailgaters with three convenient ways to pick up their BBQ this football season. Preorder or drive up to order at the Damon’s Ribs on the Road tent, located right in front of the restaurant on East College Avenue, or call ahead to have your Prospector’s BBQ delivered by wagon to your numbered parking spot on game day, or walk up to order at the Prospector’s at the Stadium concession stand.
Both Damon’s and Prospector’s offer everything from ribs, wings, pulled pork, chicken quarters, and boneless breasts as well as sides, including coleslaw, potato salad, and gourmet baked beans.
Fetters explains, “We start taking orders that are delivered to the numbered spots Monday morning through Thursday, but customers can also find char-grilled BBQ up at our concession stand on game day.”
DuBois adds, “We also allow our customers to preorder at Damon’s anytime leading up the game, and they can stop by and pick it up at the restaurant and there is no wait time!”
DuBois and Fetters have each been in the BBQ business for 20 years and they have been known for their mouthwatering ribs. The ribs are slow-roasted in the oven for hours, smoked, and then finished off on the grill to 25-30 percent char with their signature BBQ sauces.
If you can’t make it to the game, Damon’s has 11 big-screen TVs downstairs and 15 plasma TVs upstairs with ESPN College Game Plan and the NFL Sunday Ticket all in HD. And with free Wi-Fi, fans also can keep up with their fantasy leagues. And, DuBois adds, “Every Thursday night, we will have the Bill O’Brien show live at Damon’s from 6 to 7 p.m.”
With this new partnership, DuBois and Fetters are able to expand their catering capabilities as well.
“Now with our bigger workforce, we can do more catering events for larger crowds, from company picnics, reunions, and charity golf tournaments to private parties,” Fetters says.
2280 Commercial Boulevard, State College
This year, during football season, Hoag’s Catering has created tailgate menus so customers can pick up their orders at Celebration Hall or have the food delivered to their parking spots at Beaver Stadium. Full-catering services for orders serving more than 50 guests are also available.
The tailgate menus feature everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to grilled Italian sausages, boneless chicken wings, wraps, and deli sandwiches. In addition, there are unique items such as their authentic original recipe char-grilled chicken, baby Philly cheesesteaks, assorted petite pannis, and miniature German sausages.
An array of side dishes, beverages, and bakery items also is available, from coleslaw, baked beans, and deep-fried peanuts to team-logo-decorated cookies, and sweet tea, appleberry punch.
“We have people who call us a year in advance to a week before the tailgate to place their orders,” explains general manager Casey Grove. “The tailgate menus are priced per person according to the different entrée choices and number of side dishes. Some customers just want the entrée catered, others prefer that we take care of all the food. We work with our customers to add items, mix and match different side dishes, so they have everything they need, including the plates, napkins, and utensils for their tailgate. We also have a wide range of tents, tables, and chairs available for installation and rent.”
To place your order or view the tailgate menus, visit www.hoagscatering.com/tailgating.
Damon’s Grill & Prospector’s Allegheny Rib Company