How It Works
TailgateJoe is a NY Jets game day fan club and tailgate party. It is NOT a commercial business or caterer. It was started and run by diehard Jets fan volunteers, mostly my family as slave labor (if you have been to any of my parties you have seen my mom filling the cannoli). The premise of the club is to bring the friendship and camaraderie of Jets fandom by throwing the biggest and best tailgate party possible for those who can’t or don’t want to do there own. We are at every home game, and quite a few away games as well. Generally we set up when the lot opens, 5 hours before kickoff. It is always free to join and hang with us and enjoy the TV system broadcasting other games as well as our music and entertainment. For those that want to partake in the all-you-can-eat-and-drink awesomeness, there is a donation to help defray the costs.
Known for great food, and plenty of it, the TGJ party has been mentioned in the book “100 Things Jets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”, on Food & Wine’s “Best Tailgating Cities” list, Featured and filmed live on Japan’s NHK Network morning show, Fitbie/MSN’s 11 Fat Bombs of Football Season, and Joe has appeared on 2 episodes of TLC’s hit show American Chopper including filming at a TGJ party. Not a traditional caterer trapped in the constraints of running a business and looking at sticking to a profit margin, TGJ is a hobby and passion and is run as such, taking tailgating and summer grilled classics and kicking them up a few notches using the best ingredients to produce gourmet, delicious offerings.The TGJ crew has competed for the last 3 years in the Great Hot Dog Cook Off, winning 2nd place twice (we were robbed the 2nd year with some guy serving a lobster roll hot dog, c’mon now!!) and 1st this year, and are planning a full slate of competitive cooking and comp bbq events for the spring/summer of 2013. I have spent time studying at the house of world BBQ champion and judge on TV’s American Pitmasters Myron Mixon in the summer of 2012 to gain even more bbq knowledge and in preparation for taking TGJ to the next level. In addition to the TGJ parties, I occasionally does do some select private parties/events as his schedule permits.