Tailgate before the games but practice food safety

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Stuffed French Bread is a good choice for tailgate parties. It as among the dishes served at a recent party honoring chefs, caterers and sponsors of Thursday's Capital Chefs' Showcase benefiting Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.
Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Stuffed French Bread is a good choice for tailgate parties. It as among the dishes served at a recent party honoring chefs, caterers and sponsors of Thursday's Capital Chefs' Showcase benefiting Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.

Football season has gotten underway and for many fans that means one thing. Time to tailgate.

Party hosts need to be sure to practice food safety while celebrating. Keep hot foods hot and cold items well-chilled.

Don’t let any perishable food sit out on a table all afternoon. An hour or two, at most, is safe — and that’s at room temperature. If leaving perishable food out longer than two hours, serve in either heating sources, such as a chafing dish or slow cooker, or in chilling sources, such as nesting the serving dish in bowls of ice.

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