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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Fans of the Oakland Raiders pose for a photo as they tailgate in the parking lot prior to the Raiders playing against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Anyone who's ever been to an Oakland Raiders pre-game tailgate party knows there's nothing like it in the NFL. An entire Raiders fan metropolis pops up around Oakland Coliseum, rich with giant Raiders sculptures, extravagant Raiders costumes, and some of the most outstanding BBQ this side of the MacArthur Freeway.
The gourmet TV chefs of the world are beginning to notice.
The nationally syndicated gourmet television food series Bringing It Home is coming to the Raiders game tailgate party this Sunday for the team's home opener. They'll tape a segment in the parking lot before the game to highlight Raider Nation's considerable talents in the pre-game BBQ department.
But Bringing It Home is a classy gourmet show. They would not typically visit a parking lot in Oakland.
The Raiders tailgating episode of Bringing It Home will feature BBQ guru Chris Lilly, a world BBQ champion and honorary James Beard Foundation chef. This particluar episode will air locally Sunday, Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. on KNTV.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who just hopes these gourmet food people don't get eaten alive in the Black Hole.