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08.07.2011 BBQ catering, Catering News, Local San Diego No Comments

Chargers Catering Season

Caterers rooting for the football season missed out twice since tailgating is a top draw for quality BBQ catering. This 2011 season there are added concerns and local businesses everywhere believe the game must be played. Personal chefs and caterers are rooting for their businesses as well.  Considering catering events based around the sport drive revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars to the catering industry, missing even half of the regular season could effect the bottom line dramatically.
In the past year it’s been struggles for the chargers and as the NFL trade talk deadlines come closer the entire nation becomes a bit more interested in the once far away concerns that the owners and players may not work this out. For fans this is devastating but it has a huge effect on other parts of our society. Economically the sport of professional football stimulates many other areas of the economy that many people might not think of. As a personal chef in San Diego I have many clients that are mainly interested in my skills off the field, as a BBQ chef. While they utilize my skills all year long, the tailgate is a specialty that is always booked on game day. For me it’s a great opportunity to spread the word about my business because the clients always have a policy of sharing and the food speaks for itself. Its a great source of spreading word of mouth marketing ( no pun intended) and i also keep a great client on a weekly rotation.
If the Players and owners in the NFL don’t come to an agreement to play next year, one implication will be about 8-10 home games that would normally be great catering jobs for a personal chef like myself. This is a good amount when it comes down to it at the end of the year. however I feel much worse for the fans that don’t get to enjoy my pulled pork or smoked asada taco’s, two favorites that any personal chef in the San Diego area NEEDS to know. These are also special events for a private party chef since they are always a very enjoyable time and each event has a unique environment that “i can recall distinctly making many games very special events.
Catering a tailgate party is something that I have taken great pride in. It takes the right tools, something that I have acquired after years of learning the trade. The smoker needs to be wheeled out early so that iti can be brought to the right temp and all your condiments and rubs need to be applied much earlier. another fact that any personal or bbq chef knows. The grill needs to be brought up to temperature as well for certain meats that aren’t being smoked. the second factor is the time of the game. This is going to dictate the type of food that is going to be served for the most part. The side dishes will be a fresh mix for a morning game and a heavier more substantial food is going to be preferred for afternoon or night games. The Serving time comes quickly for those who are unprepared and the biggest factor in the timing is know your barbecue equipment and using your skill as a personal chef. The sauces are the the kicker. With carne asada and catering you have the opportunity to explore a world of flavor that is brought to you from the amazing Mexican cuisine that is so under rated. The same is true with a Texas style barbecue which utilize very unique sauces and flavors.
Most caterers don’t realize the broad range of flavors that truly make up each cuisine and offer the same generic dishes like sad salmon with bummed out broccoli or chewy chicken and poor man’s potatoes. I wouldn’t dream of it. Not when the games on the line.
The chargers have given it a good chance to play a couple extra games next year and many more than the fans are rooting for it. It’s amazing that a sport so widely loved can come down to arbitration as it has and could be threatened to be played this next year. If it does you can find me catering at San Diego’s new arena football league. So long as there isn’t a team next year called the Los Angeles Chargers, I will be happily helping The fans and my patrons grub on an amazing season (ing).

Caterers rooting for the football season missed out twice since tailgating is a top draw for quality BBQ catering. This 2011 season there are added concerns and local businesses everywhere believe the game must be played. Personal chefs and caterers are rooting for their businesses as well.  Considering catering events based around the sport drive revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars to the catering industry, missing even half of the regular season could effect the bottom line dramatically.

In the past year it’s been struggles for the chargers and as the NFL trade talk deadlines come closer the entire nation becomes a bit more interested in the once far away concerns that the owners and players may not work this out. For fans this is devastating but it has a huge effect on other parts of our society. Economically the sport of professional football stimulates many other areas of the economy that many people might not think of. As a personal chef in San Diego I have many clients that are mainly interested in my skills off the field, as a BBQ chef. While they utilize my skills all year long, the tailgate is a specialty that is always booked on game day. For me it’s a great opportunity to spread the word about my business because the clients always have a policy of sharing and the food speaks for itself. Its a great source of spreading word of mouth marketing ( no pun intended) and i also keep a great client on a weekly rotation.

If the Players and owners in the NFL don’t come to an agreement to play next year, one implication will be about 8-10 home games that would normally be great catering jobs for a personal chef like myself. This is a good amount when it comes down to it at the end of the year. however I feel much worse for the fans that don’t get to enjoy my pulled pork or smoked asada taco’s, two favorites that any personal chef in the San Diego area NEEDS to know. These are also special events for a private party chef since they are always a very enjoyable time and each event has a unique environment that “i can recall distinctly making many games very special events.

Catering a tailgate party is something that I have taken great pride in. It takes the right tools, something that I have acquired after years of learning the trade. The smoker needs to be wheeled out early so that iti can be brought to the right temp and all your condiments and rubs need to be applied much earlier. another fact that any personal or bbq caterer knows. The grill needs to be brought up to temperature as well for certain meats that aren’t being smoked. the second factor is the time of the game. This is going to dictate the type of food that is going to be served for the most part. The side dishes will be a fresh mix for a morning game and a heavier more substantial food is going to be preferred for afternoon or night games. The Serving time comes quickly for those who are unprepared and the biggest factor in the timing is know your barbecue equipment and using your skill as a personal chef. The sauces are the the kicker. With carne asada and catering you have the opportunity to explore a world of flavor that is brought to you from the amazing Mexican cuisine that is so under rated. The same is true with a Texas style barbecue which utilize very unique sauces and flavors.

Most caterers don’t realize the broad range of flavors that truly make up each cuisine and offer the same generic dishes like sad salmon with bummed out broccoli or chewy chicken and poor man’s potatoes. I wouldn’t dream of it. Not when the games on the line and the fans are hungry.

The chargers have given it a good chance to play a couple extra games next year and many more than the fans are rooting for it. It’s amazing that a sport so widely loved can come down to arbitration as it has and could be threatened to be played this next year. If it does you can find me catering at San Diego’s new arena football league. So long as there isn’t a team next year called the Los Angeles Chargers, I will be happily helping the fans and my patrons grub on an amazing season(ing).

19.10.2009 BBQ catering, Helpful Catering Tips Comments Off on San Diego BBQ at the Q.

San Diego BBQ at the Q.

BBQ tips | convivial catering San diego

It’s an early Monday morning in Ocean Beach, the fog is yet to burn off and fall temperatures are creeping in, adding a crispness to the air.  There are three things that come to mind on a day like today.


1. Prepping for the boardroom lunch that is planned to serve at 12:30.

2. Setting up for an fall inspired BBQ

3. Monday night football:  The Broncos and The Chargers collide tonight at the Q in mission valley.

Luckily Convivial has invited it’s staff to tailgate at the Q and celebrate a successful Summer catering season.  The days work will end early and leave time for festivities.  Having a top NFL team play 15 minutes away is one of the benefits of being a San Diegan and I would like to offer a few helpful tips that convivial uses when providing BBQ catering that will make your tailgate party a hit tonight.

1.  Using the best cooking medium:

  • Charcoal: This is the preferred heat source for our bbq catering events.  allow charcoal to burn until white on the outside.  This will burn off all contaminants such as lingering lighter fluids or carbon from altering the taste of your meal.
  • Gas: this is certainly an upgrade in ease of use, and while the taste is similar many guests will prefer the char and smokiness gained from charcoal.
  • Electric Grill: not here not now.  this is not the time to plug in your favorite boxers genius infomercial product.
  • Mesquite and hickory smoke:  whether your using charcoal or gas you can add a hickory mesquite or fruity smokiness to your meats with wood chips.  If you take advantage of this be sure to let the wood sit in water for while before adding them to a smoker box (for Gas) or directly on top of the charcoal.

2. Finding your camp:

  • Getting your spot: Make sure to get in early.  You’ll avoid entrance lines, have time to prepare properly and get ready for the game.
  • Top tailgate areas:  The Q has a great bunch of fans and plenty of potential to meet neighbors when tailgating.  If you find one you can easily post up behind your car/ truck.
  • Check the wind:  This is obvious.  check to make sure that your tailgate party can breathe easy.

3. Cuisine Tips:

  • Meats:  I prefer using rubs for chicken, marinades for steak, and glazes or marinades for pork.  Try experimenting with a bit of cola, or a bit of beer on steaks, this will tenderize you BBQ and add flavor.
  • Warm drinks:  The cool weather is the perfect reason to mix your guests some drinks using hot cider, cocoa or coffee.  Your designated driver will appreciate the alternative when you offer them a non-alcoholic alternative.
  • Think of your guests: Do you have vegetarians in the group?  Do you have dieters or picky eaters?  Be sure to have options for anyone who has particular tastes or unique eating habits.  Leave no guests tastes unattended.
  • Invite your neighbors:  You’ll pick up the best tailgating tips from the people next door.

4. Leave it as you came:

  • 1 gallon of water to put out your bbq and avoid any fire hazards.
  • 1 garbage bag for any waste (paper plates, bottles, cans)

Our goal is to entertain and create a fun event with food that everyone remembers.  Hopefully a few of these tips will raise the bar at your next tailgating event.  Hope to see you in the lot and learn from your bbq experiences as well.  For more ideas and tips check back frequently.  To experience convivial catering first hand request a catering quote

Enjoy the game!