What’s the best dish you’ve ever brought to a tailgate? Spicy wings? An old family recipe for potato salad? If you’re not much of a chef, the answer to this question might just be, “Myself!” To kick off the start of this year’s tailgating season – and to celebrate the teams that will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games – we are combining two of our favorite things to create the ultimate tailgating dish: Football and Chicken.
It’s the middle of the afternoon – two hours until dinnertime – and Chef Howard Agnew and his team are focused on meal prep. They’re chopping the chicken, dicing the vegetables and stirring the sauce. Tonight’s menu is orange sesame chicken and Agnew is expecting hundreds of guests.
They greeted in the park as if they were old friends: The two moms, Leah Carroll and Emily Geyer, embraced. Geyer’s three children — Crawford, Lawson and Eve — arrived swinging colorfully packaged gifts for Carroll’s 4-year-old son with special needs, Malachi. Even though that sunny playdate in early June was only their second encounter, it was clear the families had already made a lasting impression on one another.