Taco Bar and wines
The first food that comes to mind for a bonafide LA Rams tailgate party is the legendary smells of tacos, matched with the fine wines of California. Tacos are great because they embody so many of the essentials of good tailgate food. First, they are made to order. Prepare the ingredients, set a food line up, and let the fans have at it. With a good taco setup, the options can be one meat, one meat with multiple heats, multiple types of meat, and my favorite, multiple types of meat with multiple heats.
Since I have spent some time in Alaska in my life, I always ensure there is a fish-taco option. I then offer options on chicken, steak, or ground meat for up to four meat options. Some great fish options are halibut or cod, but I’ve enjoyed King Crab, lobster, scallops, haddock, and even Orange Roughy. Just be certain to test drive new seafood yourself before offering it up to family members. I have been unable to crack Tuna into a taco that I can eat with a smile.
Long live the avocado!
Of course, Los Angeles means avocados and guacamole, and a true taco bar offers generous amounts of both. Be certain to have plenty of diced tomatoes, chopped onions, shredded cheeses (either blended or individual), sour cream, shredded lettuce,
Soft or hard shell? While it’s a matter of choice, I prefer the soft-shelled oversized version, mainly from the logistics of avoiding making a mess. Hard shells have their place too. And the great thing about hard taco shells is the easy conversion to a taco salad from the same ingredients. Or snap them and do an impromptu nachos bowl. The options go on and on…