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Ted Allen to Help Host Taste of the NFL Event at Super Bowl XLVI

Ted Allen, the Emmy-award winning host of Chopped on Food Network, has been tapped as culinary host of Taste of the NFL’s 21st annual fundraising event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Allen, who grew up in Carmel, Ind., is well known for his past roles as a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series Queer Eye. He is also a contributing writer to Esquire magazine, the author of The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes (Clarkson-Potter) and co-author of the New York Times best-seller Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better. ...

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Ted Allen to Help Host Taste of the NFL Event at Super Bowl XLVI

Ted Allen, the Emmy-award winning host of Chopped on Food Network, has been tapped as culinary host of Taste of the NFL’s 21st annual fundraising event taking place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Allen, who grew up in Carmel, Ind., is well known for his past roles as a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo series Queer Eye. He is also a contributing writer to Esquire magazine, the author of The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes (Clarkson-Potter) and co-author of the New York Times best-seller Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better.

As culinary host of Taste of the NFL’s Super Bowl party, Allen will showcase the many chefs involved in the event along with their signature dishes. He will also be on hand to meet and greet guests throughout the evening.

“Ted’s charisma and culinary expertise, not to mention his Midwestern roots, make him a perfect host for this year’s Party with a Purpose,” said Wayne Kostroski, founder of Taste of the NFL. “He will definitely be an entertaining addition to the event, and I am sure guests will enjoy the opportunity to meet him in person.”

Bobby Flay Among Featured Chefs at James Beard House Event in Honor of Taste of the NFL

A cast of culinary standouts, including Bobby Flay, prepared a special dinner to support the James Beard Foundation and honor the Taste of the NFL at the historic James Beard House on Saturday, Nov. 19. In addition to Flay, who is a Taste of the NFL board member, other chefs “in the house” included Stephan Lewandowski of Tribeca Grill in New York City, Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse in Philadelphia and Pastry Chef Stephane Motir also of Tribeca Grill in New York City. ...

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Bobby Flay Among Featured Chefs at James Beard House Event in Honor of Taste of the NFL

A cast of culinary standouts, including Bobby Flay, prepared a special dinner to support the James Beard Foundation and honor the Taste of the NFL at the historic James Beard House on Saturday, Nov. 19. In addition to Flay, who is a Taste of the NFL board member, other chefs “in the house” included Stephan Lewandowski of Tribeca Grill in New York City, Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse in Philadelphia and Pastry Chef Stephane Motir also of Tribeca Grill in New York City.

"It's always fun to work together with these great chefs, particularly at the renowned kitchen of the James Beard House," said Taste of the NFL Chef Director Mark Haugen. "Their dedication to hunger relief for families in need makes all of this happen."

The dinner took place on the eve of the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles matchup at the Meadowlands with each team’s Taste of the NFL chefs representing their teams for a night of charity, football and food. Chef Lewandowski is the New York Giants chef representative, and Chef McDavid has been the Taste of the NFL chef representative for the Philadelphia Eagles since 1992. This is the second year in a row that Taste of the NFL has had an event at the James Beard House which is located in the former townhouse of celebrated cookbook author & television personality James Beard and hosts a limited number of monthly events to showcase culinary artists from around the world.

Members of NBC Sports, a longtime supporter of Taste of the NFL, stopped by to join the chefs in the kitchen and the guests in the dining room, including Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Michele Tafoya who is a Taste of the NFL board member.

“I think we did a good job of staying out of everyone's way so that these chefs could work their magic,” said Tafoya.

"It's best to leave the cooking to these professionals, and I am sure each chef agreed, so we did just observe and report; that's what we do best," added Costas. "And also taste, of course!"

Michaels thanked the guests for their support of hunger relief in his comments before dinner was served, and encouraged everyone to find ways to continue to help others beyond the night's dinner event. Another member of the NBC team, Tony Dungy, is the Honorary Chair for Taste of the NFL this year.

Photo credit: Eileen Miller

Taste of the Vikings a Big Success for Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program

The Minnesota Vikings held their annual Taste of the Vikings on Monday, Nov.7th at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.  Guests were treated to tasty samples from some of the Twin Cities' best restaurants and the opportunity to mingle with current and former Vikings players.

The event raised funds for the Vikings Children's Fund Summer Lunch Program in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland.  During the school year, approximately 300,000 Minnesota children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. But when the 

school year ends for the summer, only about 20% of these kids continue to receive low-cost or free nutritious meals. The Vikings Children's Fund Summer Lunch Program helped support more than 1 million meals for hungry kids in the summer of 2011. 

View more pictures of the event.

(Photo credits to Scott Bertsch and Gameday Gold)