Mario Batali's Favorite Tailgating Tips

Mario Batali's Favorite Tailgating Tips

You may know chef Mario Batali for his traditional style of Italian cooking and for his cookbooks (his latest cookbook, America Farm to Table, hit shelves earlier this month), but have you met his other passion: tailgating?

Coming hot off his latest gig as the host of New York City Wine and Food Festival's event, Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate, Mario Batali shares his best advice about tailgating, including the most common tailgating mistake, the two foods that absolutely must be at every tailgate and his surprising tailgate drink of choice.

Check out the slideshow above to discover Mario Batali's favorite tips for tailgating. Then, learn 11 things you didn't know about the chef and restaurateur, find out what's his essential grocery list and check out his guide to buying locally grown foods!