One of the great American traditions involves friends, food, and maybe some beer along the way leading up to the game. Tailgating has become a staple in our culture today, especially during football season. It’s a great excuse to show up hours before a game, eat great food cooked from the back of someone’s truck, and make friends with complete strangers before kickoff. But where did this uniquely American tradition start? Let’s find out.
The first tailgate celebration is believed to have occurred near the start of the Civil War. Civilians traveled out from Washington, DC to witness the first Battle of Bull Run in 1861. Enjoying picnic baskets full of food, they cheered on their “team” from distant areas surrounding the battle sites. Of course war is a little scarier of a proposition than the sports we watch today, but back then people had to get excited about something! This is one of the first documentations in American history of people cheering before and during an event while sharing food and company. These “fans” (not to mention those who fought) obviously braved a few more dangers than today’s tailgaters, but they laid the groundwork for future sports fans. While this is the earliest example of eating and spending time with friends and family before a big event, a football game between Rutgers and Princeton was the first example of tailgating we see that resembles how we do it today. It also marked one of the first times fans dressed up wearing sportswear and colors of their respective teams. Tailgating is a great way to ensure you have a good time at the stadium regardless of whether your team wins or loses.
There are now watch parties where thousands of fans who don’t have tickets gather to eat, drink, and hangout and then watch the game just outside the stadium.
Some diehard tailgaters don’t even attend games; they just set up a TV and an eating area in the stadium parking lot to take in the environment on game days. If nothing else, the tailgating tradition is all about companionship. Don’t forget to add Sole’ Soups, Chowders, Chilis, and Salads to the mix for a delicious and unforgettable pre-game meal.
It is generally thought that the earliest versions of chili were made by the very poorest people. J. C. Clopper, the first American known to have remarked about San Antonio’s chili carne, wrote in 1926: “When they have to pay for their meat in the market, a very little is made to suffice for a family; this is generally into a kind of hash with nearly as many peppers as there are pieces of meat – this is all stewed together.”
According to an old Southwestern American Indian legend and tale (several modern writers have documented – or maybe just passed along) it is said that the first recipe for chili con carne was put on paper in the 17th century by a beautiful nun, Sister Mary of Agreda of Spain. She was mysteriously known to the Indians of the Southwest United States as “La Dama de Azul,” the lady in blue. Sister Mary would go into trances with her body lifeless for days. When she awoke from these trances, she said her spirit had been to a faraway land where she preached Christianity to savages and counseled them to seek out Spanish missionaries.
It is certain that Sister Mary never physically left Spain, yet Spanish missionaries and King Philip IV of Spain believed that she was the ghostly “La Dama de Azul” or “lady in blue” of Indian Legend. It is said that sister Mary wrote down the recipe for chili which called for venison or antelope meat, onions, tomatoes, and chile peppers. No accounts of this were ever recorded, so who knows? Latino women nicknamed “Chili Queens” sold stew they called “chili” made with dried red chiles and beef from open-air stalls at the Military Plaza Mercado located in modern day San Antonio. The state dish of Texas is Chili thanks in part to the Chili Queens.
While there remains uncertainty as to where and when chili was exactly concocted for the first time, there is no denying the affect it has had on dining in this country. Chili has been a go-to dish for cold weather, large gatherings, and many more settings. One thing’s for sure, chili is here to stay. Why not save yourself the trouble and come in to sample our SoLe’ Soups chili!
The arrival of fall means a change of the menu, and with that comes a variety of recipes including classic fall flavors such as pumpkin and squash. As tasty as these are, they also have great nutritional value that people may be unaware of. Pumpkins happen to be low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. They have much more to add than just taste! Pumpkin is an often overlooked good source of fiber, but 3 grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. Pumpkin seeds have also been shown to reduce cholesterol. They have also been linked to fighting off cancers and food sources of beta-carotene which is healthier than taking a supplement. Not only that, but pumpkins are also good for the skin, keeping your skin wrinkle-free for longer! Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the famed ingredient in turkey that many think brings on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. While experts agree that it’s likely the overeating rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep, the amino acid is important in the production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood, WebMD reports. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help your outlook improve. While there is some debate as to how much Vitamin C actually helps the immune system, what’s not up for debate is that pumpkins are a good source of it, with 11 milligrams of Vitamin C in each pumpkin. With so many health benefits, now is the perfect time to start working pumpkin into your diet.
Visiting SoLé SoupS, you’ll quickly find that we are interested in bringing the best soup variations to you. Not only do we serve delicious hot and cold soups, but we also serve amazing chilis and chowders. Our dishes can be brought to your next Raiders or Rams tailgate this fall, instantly making you the hit of the party.
SoLé SoupS is more than just a name. Although our family has been making and selling soups in the Western San Fernando and Greater Conejo Valleys since 2012, our roots, history, and passion for soups stretch back to Italy many years prior. We are passionate about our soups and take pride in delivering delicious, nutritious, and deeply-satisfying meals. But there’s more to the SoLé SoupS name than just soups. We have numerous other menu selections that we are excited for you to try.
At SoLé SoupS, we strive to deliver the finest, most high-quality soups and dishes made with all-natural organic ingredients. With origins in Italy, we consider ourselves a family and are very passionate about our soups. If you haven’t tried our delicious soups, it’s time to make your way down to Agoura Hills and enjoy a cup or bowl! But don’t just take our word for it – let our customers’ Yelp reviews speak for themselves.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy soups is by the cup or bowl. But if you love SoLé SoupS like many of our customers do, you’ll be craving our delicious entrées with every meal. Consider picking up one of our soups to go, and placing your own creative twist on it to deliver a hearty, delicious dinner to your family at home. One of our most versatile soups is our famous mushroom soup.
At SoLé SoupS, we not only pride ourselves in bringing you the most delicious soups in California but in bringing you great accompaniment dishes as well. There is no better way to enjoy a lunchtime meal than with a cup of Fresh, Ready-to-Enjoy soup and a Fresh-made SoLé SoupS salad.
Let’s face it – summers in California can get hot! As part of your healthy & tasty food consumption from SoLé SoupS while the temp has risen, make sure and ask for some of our amazing chilled selections! Stop wasting time with the ‘Same ol’-Same old’ and come in and see what you’ve been missing!
Growing up, you likely heard about the importance of eating your vegetables. Vegetables are of course an important part of a balanced diet. But there is one vegetable in particular that outshines the others when it comes to health benefits. Tomatoes are an impressive vegetable and make a great addition to your summer food consumption and of course to many recipes at SoLé SoupS; Soups, Sauces & More. What are some of the health benefits Tomatoes offer?