A culinary kick-offWhile the leaves may not change in south Louisiana like they do up North, there is still a definite event that marks the change of summer to fall: football season. And while going to a game is a tradition in itself, there’s another intricately tied to it: tailgating.

Though some dedicated football fans swear that the tailgate is a brief stopover to the game, I suspect a few attend just for the socializing, cocktailing, the fun of grilling or savoring the results of said grilling and other foodstuffs brought to feast on. While hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and dip still reign supreme, some are more ambitious and bring more elaborate—and beloved—concoctions. Who could pass up a deviled egg? Not many, for sure. Yet, no matter who you are rooting for, one thing is certain—the tailgate in Louisiana is a custom that will never waver.