North, South fans to tackle the tailgate party before the game

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 8, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Let the rivalry begin.

The annual Grosse Pointe North High School vs. Grosse Pointe South High School football game is set for Oct. 18.

Before kickoff at 7 p.m. at South’s Stadium Field, members of the community will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the school for the 10th annual North vs. South tailgate.

The pregame party has become a tradition where North and South families mix and mingle over food, drinks, games and entertainment. This year’s event will be held at South High School, 11 Grosse Pointe Blvd. The tailgate will happen rain or shine.

The event began in 2010 as “Victory in the Pointes.” Now it’s known as the North vs. South tailgate. The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce organizes the entire event.

“It was created to celebrate community spirit with great food and entertainment before the big game,” said Linda Reid, the director of membership for the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. “You get families from little ones to the parents and the grandparents. It’s a big community event. We figure we get close to 400 people who walk through.”

Cheerleaders will be out and about pumping up school spirit, and the Boys of Summer — a band of eighth and ninth graders from the Grosse Pointes — are scheduled to play their style of classic rock songs and other favorites from the 1950s to the present day.

Those who come out for the fun need not register in advance. Food tickets will be on sale for $1 each. The participating eateries include Atwater in the Park, City Kitchen, Del Taco, Fresh Farms Market, Lyla’s Catering, Motor City Wings, Red Crown, The Hill Seafood & Chop House, Trader Joe’s and Trattoria Serventi.  

“I think we’ve got a really good palette of options,” Reid said. That includes everything from tacos to hot dogs and hamburgers to Italian dishes to Bavarian bratwurst.

Reid said menu items will cost anywhere from $1 to $6. She added that the event proceeds will benefit the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing private funding to enhance academic and enrichment programs for the Grosse Pointe Public School System. The restaurants can donate all their profits to the cause or can keep 50% and donate the remaining half. Vendors also will be on-site with various items for sale.

The Hill Seafood & Chop House will be serving its chicken chili at the event.

“It was big last year,” The Hill Seafood & Chop House manager Dianna Bennett said. “The chili went over really well.”

The Hill Seafood & Chop House has participated in the tailgate the past three years.

“It’s fun. You see a lot of people,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of community support.”

Eastside ​Dermatology is this year’s athletic sponsor. Three of the office’s physicians — Dr. Lisa Manz-Dulac, Dr. Natalia Filipof and Dr. Michael Piernick II — will be in attendance along with several support staff members. The office will have a social media booth for pictures, a quarterback football toss, lotion and sunscreen samples, raffles, and information regarding skin cancer.

Eastside ​Dermatology Medical Director Jennifer Amori said this is the fourth year that Eastside ​Dermatology has participated in the tailgate event.

“It’s so much fun,” she said. “Everyone is just happy and ready to watch the football game. It’s a family-friendly event. There is a lot of food and a lot of excitement.”

For more information on the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, visit www.grossepointechamber.com.