Last Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl 49, nearly 3000 people came together at Westworld of Scottsdale in an effort to "Kick Hunger" in the US.
Since 1992 the Taste of the NFL has rallied the country's top chefs and the
NFL's greatest players to raise money in support of food banks everywhere. In today's crazy world it is refreshing to see so many people come together for such a great cause.
Adam Richman, food expert and star of The Travel Channel's Man v Food program was this year's culinary host.
Miss America,Kira Kazantsev, also took the stage using her influence in the cause to fight hunger.
Alyssa Milano, served as the national celebrity spokesperson of this event.
Also spotted on the red carpet were Miss Arizona, Anne Burrell, & Scottdale Mayor Jim Lane & his wife.
There were 40 food stations, one for each NFL city and additional chefs representing various local restaurants. Each station featured an NFL legend alongside the restaurant chef. Guests enjoyed wines from Gallo Winery as they meandered the event tasting some of the country's top chefs' favorite dishes.
Culinary bites included Arizona's own Beau MacMillan's mouthwatering Fried Chicken on Cheddar Biscuits.
Steve DiFillippo from Boston's legendary Davio's made over 7000 hand rolled gnocchi to go with his hearty bolognese sauce and Jack McDavid from Jack's Firehouse in Philadelphia made a to die for chocolate toffee torte. There were meatballs in spicy pomodoro sauce from Niche in St. Louis that were served garnished with radish.
Smoked Chicken & Pork Belly Rillettes, from Mise En Place in Tampa was a favorite of mine.
Along with the Soy Glazed Duck with fermented black bean sauce made by Chef Kent Rathbun, from Abacus restaurant in Dallas.
And last but not least there were a variety of cupcakes from Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis.
As you can see there was no shortage of food, wine or celebrity sightings at this wonderful event which generated enough money to help feed approximately 6 million people who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. Taste of the NFL will be receiving donations through 2/13/2015 either at www.TasteoftheNFL.com or via mail at:
TASTE OF THE NFL
5100 Eden Avenue
Edina, MN 55436