18 August 2023

Catering Options for Tailgating Season

Many look forward to summer’s end because of the pumpkin flavors, sweater weather and cool, crisp air perfect for raking leaves and making memories around bonfires. Then there’s a specific group of individuals who has only one thing on their minds this time of year: college football. With that comes its own popular parking lot sport: tailgating. There’s nothing like meeting groups of fellow fans over endless spreads of food and drink, making new friends and pushing the boundaries of just how spectacular a setup you can pull off in a parking lot.

As much fun as it is prepping food, it shouldn’t take over the whole day—especially on game day. Make the most of your time—and save your energy to root for your team—by getting your game day spread catered. These Norfolk restaurants offer catering for your favorite tailgating foods, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time rooting for the Monarchs or Spartans!

Gourmet Gang

This locally owned cafe has two Norfolk locations (Downtown and near Military Highway) offering catering. On their deli menu, you’ll find classic platters with sandwiches and wraps, including vegetarian and vegan options. Don’t forget dessert! You can choose from cookies, rice crispy treats, assorted bars or a dessert bar platter that will have something for everyone.  

East Beach Catering

Located in Norfolk’s East Beach but serving the whole city, this delightful catering company understands that great food is the key ingredient to great gatherings. With platters that are almost too beautiful to eat—yes, almost—East Beach crafts custom menus, award-winning food displays and exceptional service. These remarkable standards have kept them in business for nearly 20 years. 

Hank’s Filling Station

Hank’s is known for their beers, bourbon and backyard party games, but their on-the-go options are just as stellar. Their starters include favorites like pretzel knots, blistered shishito peppers, pimento cheese and crudite with hummus. Their platters of barbecue and wings are always a hit as well.

Redwood Smoke Shack

Bring the party to the parking lot with Redwood’s Party Pack. All packages include bread, barbecue sauces, two choices of meat and three choices of sides. Load up on tasty favorites like smoked beef brisket, pulled pork or chicken, jalapeno cheddar and spare ribs.


The name says it all. Come taste what you’ve been missing at this regionally loved food market and upscale cafe. Each of their TASTE locations, including the one in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood, offers cafe catering perfect tailgating. Always a hit are their classic boxed lunches featuring a choice of sandwich, chips and a cookie or dessert bar. For a slightly elevated option, consider their signature boxed lunches featuring the same offerings but with a signature sandwich option. You may also opt for a platter of classic or signature sandwiches, plus salads or even a dessert or cookie platter. 

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