For those of you new to my tailgating travels,
Kathy Miller Time’s “TAILGATING THROUGH THE SOUTH” painting series celebrates the special traditions and unique tailgating spots of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference schools. I have traveled through the SEC gathering recipes from fans and alums, taking hundreds of photographs of tailgates and landmark buildings, then capturing these experiences into compositions that celebrate each school’s uniqueness. Every painting includes a tailgate. The paintings are meant to elicit an emotional response from that school’s fans.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
After a brief stopover in Gainesville, Dave,Vern and I began our first real roadie. We headed to the LSU / Florida game in Baton Rouge.
First stop, Biloxi, Mississippi and the Beau Rivage. It is a long way to NOLA and we needed a stopping point.
Pretty good spot. We remembered Glo and placed a few bets in her favorite casino.
Met the nicest LSU fans, in town to celebrate Cruisin’ The Coast, a car festival celebrating antique, classic and hot rod cars.
Next Stop, New Orleans, Louisiana.
I imagine New Orleans is the Friday night stop for most fans before an LSU game in Baton Rouge. We saw plenty of Gators and even had a parade with a blow up Al, the Gator mascot.
Gator parade with green alligator beads for fans.
After our first Louisiana beer and lunch at Napoleon House,
We caught up with Rachel and James on Bourbon Street.
Our New Orleans Gator contingence on Bourbon Street
Dinner was celebrated at Galatoire’s, also on Bourbon Street.
Such a festive atmosphere with wonderful redfish, and crab entrees.
Bright and early Saturday morning was travel time. Destination, Baton Rouge and Tiger Stadium. After arriving at our parking spot on campus we walked to the WWI Memorial Tower in the center of the LSU campus. The inspiration for my “Tailgating On The Bayou” painting, I couldn’t wait to see the Parade Grounds filled with tailgating Tigers.
“Tailgating On The Bayou” painting by Kathy Miller features the Tower, the outer Quad buildings and Tiger Stadium.
The tailgate includes “The Trinity”, onion, green pepper and celery.
The recipes include some of the most famous Louisiana cuisine, jambalaya, muffalettas, crawfish, gumbo and blackened alligator, (this recipe from the famous The Chimes).
I always wear my Tennessee button and Gator Mom button and continued the tradition at LSU.
One fan was busy stirring a pot of Gator Picadillo. I thought it was Jambalaya but he said “No Picadillo!” This is a Cuban comfort food and my guess is he wanted to serve up some Gator tail ala Florida style.
Tailgating in Louisiana is most unique. Louisiana cuisine is so distinctive. All schools have barbecue, hammies, slaw and all the usual fixings, but due to the Cajun and Creole influences, there is nothing like Louisiana cooking! I will not try to give lessons on the differences between the two, but think French influence, as in Geaux Tigers. The Trinity is involved in so many dishes, the Trinity being not the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, but onions, green peppers and celery.
Another Gator Tail on the Grill.
Loved this LSU fan’s colors, hat and boots.
We had a great time walking the LSU campus and visiting with LSU fans.
It’s Miller Time with Tiffany and Michelle. They had fantastic tiger markings painted on their faces.
Loved this Tailgating Van.
Van Geaux, an original. Just so clever.
Tiger Stadium, Death Valley
Mike the Tiger, LSU famed mascot has his own special habitat.
These Gator fans were chomping outside Tiger Stadium.
This LSU fan just ignored them and rode his tiger.
Don’t know if this LSU fan is that fond of Gator chomping.
I loved these Flower Children.
James and his friends came by bus from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. The bus deposited them in the middle of LSU tailgating parties. A wonderful group of LSU fans invited them to join their tailgate. We made our way to their tailgate and met some of the nicest fans.
Allen Hollingsworth, an avid LSU fan and tailgater with Rachel and James.
Billy Knoles, Nancy Anderson, Charla Durham and Brenda Knoles welcomed us with open arms. Had the best time visiting with them and sharing tailgating stories.
Their tailgating food was delicious. Billy and Brenda had made wonderful BBQ pulled pork sliders with gator tail added for flavor and a good story. Also tasted the most delicious Boudin Balls. These were similar to pigs in a blanket but with boudin sausage, spices and cheese. Would love to have that recipe!
After all the wonderful hospitality I thanked Nancy, Charla and Brenda with my “Tailgating On The Bayou” cards.
Another LSU fan, Karee was interested in my Gator Mom button. Even though she was decked out in her LSU colors and had an LSU student, she also admitted to being a Gator Mom too.
Billy came to LSU from Texas.
Mellie and Amanda joined our tailgate.
Just a great time making new friends at a LSU tailgate.
I love the LSU fan putting his cap in our photo.
Game time. Tiger Stadium.
Inside Tiger Stadium. Death Valley.
I always love the bands especially the drums.
And LSU’s “Golden Band from Tigerland”
LSU has many wonderful traditions led by their band. When the defense makes a great play such as a turnover or causes a 4th down, the band plays Chinese Bandits and the fans bow to the defense. There are also cheers for each down. The first down cheer is a sequence from Hold That Tiger and the fans yell Geaux Tigers. The second down cheer is a typical sequence with woo woo LSU. The third down cheer is “Eye of the Tiger”. I am impressed that they can keep up with all this.
Such a treat.
Ditto Go Gators!
On a very hot, humid afternoon the Gators lost. Even with a loss we all agreed the experience was tremendous. Beautiful campus, great tailgating, fabulous food and wonderful Tiger fans.
Miller Time on the Quad.
Back to quieter times on the LSU parade grounds. My inspiration.
Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels. I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat at the table.