Reader Giveaway: Get Tailgate Ready With Haul Couture

September 17, 2012 | By | Comments (24)
Haul Couture

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Here in the South a tailgate is, among other things, a chance to show off serious style. Oversized jerseys and paper plates? No thanks. We’ll take sundresses in team colors and coordinating table linens. In fact, we’ll take a lot of them. Enough to support a burgeoning cottage industry. Since 2009, dozens of companies manufacturing stylish tailgate goods have popped-up across the region–from fashionable game day attire from the likes of Tru ColorsState Traditions and Pennington & Bailes to team-inspired table-top goods and chandeliers from Go Chic.

The most clever of these new products may just be Haul Couture. The brainchild of Kim Whitaker of Mobile, Alabama the exterior of these smart bags feature trendy geometric patterns (no cheesy mascots here) in sophisticated takes on team colors. But on the inside they are all business (or should we say tailgate?) with insulation, a sturdy base and a boxy build that allows users to stack cookie sheets, casserole dishes and more to ensure their goodies arrive to the pre-game festivities in one piece and look good while doing it.

Giveaway: We’ve teamed up with Haul Couture to give one lucky winner their very own collegiate bag. To enter vote in our South’s Best Tailgate Competition and then post your signature tailgate dish in the comments field below. The person who shares the yummiest sounding dish will win the bag. See contest rules.

Haul Couture Collegiate Cargo Bags start at $99. You can follow the company on Twitter @haulcouture and Facebook.


  1. Laura

    Crab and Artichoke dip topped with a homemade, spicy and fresh pico de gallo. I’ve never had any leftovers to bring home.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:13 am
  2. Jacqueline Bennett

    Spicy Buffalo chicken dip yummy easy to make and easy to transport

    October 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm
  3. Debbie Jones

    Bean and guacamole layered dip 🙂

    October 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  4. Teresa D.

    My signature tailgate dish is pineapple dipped in coconut milk, sprinkled with brown sugar, and then grilled over a charcoal fire. These are WONDERFUL (albeit a tad bit messy on the grill), and I have been asked for the recipe many times.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:09 am
  5. Julie

    Paprika chicken- dip chicken tenderloins in melted butter and roll in a mixture of Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake!

    September 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm
  6. Jane

    Mrs. B’s Crawfish Cornbread topped with Crawfish Étouffée! Plus a dash of favorite Hot Sauce!

    September 20, 2012 at 8:14 am
  7. Janis Millu

    Baked molasses lima beans from scratch to go along with the charcoal grilled hot dogs & burgers.

    September 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm
  8. Virginia

    Blue cheese ball! Always a crowd pleasure (especially if served with a side tumbler of bourbon…)

    September 19, 2012 at 11:21 am
  9. Alexis

    Jalapeno Popper Dip served with warm flatbread or baked pita chips. My mantra is always “elevate your tailgate”.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:52 am
  10. V. South

    Hummingbird Cupcakes with White Chocolate Icing

    September 18, 2012 at 9:41 am
  11. Hilary A.

    Thick crock pot taco soup served with scoops tortilla chips to gobble it up!
    x Hilary

    September 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm
  12. Lane

    Football Dip! Hormel Chili no beans, browned sausage and Velveeta served warm with tortilla chips or on slider buns!

    September 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  13. Billie

    smoked boston butt and ribs:) If it gets cool enough here in the south during football season taco soup or chili 🙂

    September 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm
  14. Ashley

    My go to tailgating dish takes one of my favorite southern treats (deviled eggs) and turns it into a dip. I hard boil the eggs, set them aside and mix up mustard, mayo, sweet pickle relish, salt pepper and depending on the crowd, hot sauce and/or bacon. Then I peel and cut up the eggs and mash the mix together, just like you would with just the yolks in regular deviled eggs. Then of course sprinkle paprika on top! Can even put in center piece of deviled egg tray with the veggies and crackers surrounding 🙂

    September 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm
  15. Anne

    Kickin chicken blue cheese dip and bacon and blue cheese guacamole to support the Carolina Gamecocks!

    September 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm
  16. Shannon Bever

    Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs. They are super easy to make, throw everything in the crockpot and then get all your dips and goodies packed and ready while they are cooking! Grab and Go!

    September 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm
  17. Lib

    Mini Hot Browns, Benedictine Tea Sandwiches, Marinated Asparagus Spears finished with a decadent Bourbon Pecan Brownie. Go Big Blue!!

    September 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  18. Ashleigh

    Buffalo chicken dip is always a big hit! Made so much better by adding blue cheese dressing & tons of cheddar cheese!

    September 17, 2012 at 11:18 am
  19. Tracy Carnley-McLain

    BLT Dip – full pound of bacon mixed in with a cup of sour cream, cup of mayo, and a couple of roma tomatoes. Delicious! (And War Eagle, baby!)

    September 17, 2012 at 11:15 am
  20. Ellen

    Red velvet whoopsie pies with cream cheese icing. Roll tide.

    September 17, 2012 at 11:01 am
  21. Debbie Farrar

    Marinated grilled chicken strips. The guys love them.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:56 am
  22. Heather C. Watson

    Kentucky bourbon-marinaded beef tenderloin, of course. And mini-derby pies.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:47 am
  23. Ann Porter, CKD

    Key-line grilled shrimp – takes no time at all.

    September 17, 2012 at 10:38 am
  24. Christina

    NC-style pulled pork, of course! So easy to transport for tailgating, and no need to heat it up!

    September 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

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