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After 23 years, Taste of the NFL still fresh

"Amid the abundance of corporate parties at every Super Bowl, the annual Taste of the NFL benefit is like a safe harbor in a hurricane. Set against the backdrop of commercial excess, and Super Bowl-eve fetes from Playboy, Maxim and others not necessarily renowned for philanthropy, the "Party With a Purpose" long go became one of the "must" Super Bowl events... ...

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After 23 years, Taste of the NFL still fresh

"Amid the abundance of corporate parties at every Super Bowl, the annual Taste of the NFL benefit is like a safe harbor in a hurricane. Set against the backdrop of commercial excess, and Super Bowl-eve fetes from Playboy, Maxim and others not necessarily renowned for philanthropy, the "Party With a Purpose" long go became one of the "must" Super Bowl events...


by Terry Lofton

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Seattle: Winners on and off the field!

The Seattle Seahawks and their fans have more than a new Super Bowl title to be proud of today - they’ve also helped raise thousands of dollars to help kick hunger in their community. Throughout the season the loyal Seahawks fans, led by Chef John Howie (shown here) and former Seahawk, Crag Terrill, rallied behind their team to support the Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. The amazing fans and Seahawks supporters helped raise $83,000 for people in need in their community, with funds going to the Food Lifeline food bank.  ...

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Seattle: Winners on and off the field!

The Seattle Seahawks and their fans have more than a new Super Bowl title to be proud of today - they’ve also helped raise thousands of dollars to help kick hunger in their community. Throughout the season the loyal Seahawks fans, led by Chef John Howie (shown here) and former Seahawk, Crag Terrill, rallied behind their team to support the Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge. The amazing fans and Seahawks supporters helped raise $83,000 for people in need in their community, with funds going to the Food Lifeline food bank. 

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Join the Kick Hunger Challenge!

Not everyone can attend our “Party with a Purpose,” on February 1st in Brooklyn, NY, and only two teams make it to the Super Bowl. Taste of the NFL , though, is dedicated to kicking hunger in every community all year round. You too can help by joining the Kick Hunger Challenge!  ...

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Join the Kick Hunger Challenge!

Not everyone can attend our “Party with a Purpose,” on February 1st in Brooklyn, NY, and only two teams make it to the Super Bowl. Taste of the NFL , though, is dedicated to kicking hunger in every community all year round. You too can help by joining the Kick Hunger Challenge


Whether you live in California or Wisconsin, or can donate five or $500, the Kick Hunger Challenge provides the perfect opportunity for football fans to support their local community and the home team! 

Fans can donate directly to their favorite team’s food bank, with every single cent raised going directly to meals, services and operations. Whether you are a fan of Denver, Seattle of another NFL team, you can help your home team eradicate hunger in your hometown by logging on to www.kickhungerchallenge.com and raising the most money! Last year, the Seattle Seahawks won, raising more than $35,000 for Food Lifeline in Western Washington -- who will it be this year?

Taste of the NFL to Bring National Flavors to Brooklyn

Taste of the NFL is headed to Brooklyn to host its 23rd annual Party with a Purpose®. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, host of the Food Network’s Chopped Ted Allen, New York City restaurateur Drew Nieporent, National Football League Senior Vice President of Events Frank Supovitz, former New York Giant Bill Ard and former Jets standout Freeman McNeil joined Taste of the NFL founder Wayne Kostroski to announce plans for the upcoming party at a press conference on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 19th. ...

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Taste of the NFL to Bring National Flavors to Brooklyn

Taste of the NFL is headed to Brooklyn to host its 23rd annual Party with a Purpose®. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, host of the Food Network’s Chopped Ted Allen, New York City restaurateur Drew Nieporent, National Football League Senior Vice President of Events Frank Supovitz, former New York Giant Bill Ard and former Jets standout Freeman McNeil joined Taste of the NFL founder Wayne Kostroski to announce plans for the upcoming party at a press conference on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 19th.

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The NFL’s Senior Vice President for Events Frank Supovitz joins Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Taste of the NFL Founder and CEO Wayne Kostroski,Chopped Host Ted Allen and more on the podium to announce the Taste of the NFL coming to Brooklyn for the 23rd annual Party with a  Purpose.


Photographer: Kal Dolgin

Salute to Earl Morrall Legends Breakfast

Please join Taste of the NFL as we say "thank you" to Earl Morrall for 15 years of unwavering support in our mission to "Kick Hunger in America" and to recall the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins season with select teammates. 

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TLC’s hit show Cake Boss will be part of 22nd annual “Party with a Purpose”

Taste of the NFL is excited to announce that two stars from TLC’s hit show Cake Boss will be part of its 22nd annual “Party with a Purpose” taking place Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. 

Joey Faugno, head master baker, and Mauro Castano, pastry chef, are both part of the big Italian family working at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, and regulars on Cake Boss. They will be onsite at the event to serve their signature specialties from Carlo’s and unveil an original cake creation for the event. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!


Taste of the NFL Announces 2013 Roster of Chefs and Players

The draft is complete! Taste of the NFL is proud to announce its full team of chefs and players who will be participating in the 22nd Party with a Purpose® in New Orleans—including eleven Pro Football Hall of Fame players and several world-renowned chefs.  ...

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Taste of the NFL Announces 2013 Roster of Chefs and Players

The draft is complete! Taste of the NFL is proud to announce its full team of chefs and players who will be participating in the 22nd Party with a Purpose® in New Orleans—including eleven Pro Football Hall of Fame players and several world-renowned chefs. 

“We are extremely proud of the Taste of the NFL team we have drafted for this year’s event, including several Pro Football Hall of Fame players and current NFL players who will be paired with an unsurpassed lineup of chefs representing the best restaurants from NFL cities nationwide,” said Wayne Kostroski, founder of Taste of the NFL. “Our Super Bowl party will be the best restaurant in town on Feb. 2 and give guests the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the greatest players in the history of the NFL.” 

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NFL Players Step up to Ask Fans to Help Kids Fuel Up

According to the USDA, 16.7 million children under the age of 18 in the United States do not have access to enough nutritious food to lead a healthy life. As proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, Taste of the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 want to ensure kids get the healthy foods they need to grow and be their best. Several NFL players—Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings, Jason Hanson of the Detroit Lions, Matt Birk (Taste of the NFL Board Member) of the Baltimore Ravens, Nick Mangold of the New York Jets and Randall McDaniel former player for the Minnesota Vikings—have created Public Service Announcements encouraging their fellow NFL players and fans to help make sure kids get the nutrition they need to learn and play at their best. ...

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NFL Players Step up to Ask Fans to Help Kids Fuel Up

According to the USDA, 16.7 million children under the age of 18 in the United States do not have access to enough nutritious food to lead a healthy life. As proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, Taste of the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 want to ensure kids get the healthy foods they need to grow and be their best. Several NFL players—Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings, Jason Hanson of the Detroit Lions, Matt Birk (Taste of the NFL Board Member) of the Baltimore Ravens, Nick Mangold of the New York Jets and Randall McDaniel former player for the Minnesota Vikings—have created Public Service Announcements encouraging their fellow NFL players and fans to help make sure kids get the nutrition they need to learn and play at their best.

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Taste of the NFL Asks NFL Fans to Take the Kick Hunger Challenge®

NFL fans can be MVPs in fight against hunger this holiday season.

MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2012) – As Americans get ready to enjoy some food and football this Thanksgiving, Taste of the NFL reminds NFL fans there is a simple and fun way to cheer on their favorite team and help others who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The Kick Hunger Challenge,® an online fundraiser, pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other in a “friendly competition” to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide. ...

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Taste of the NFL Asks NFL Fans to Take the Kick Hunger Challenge®

NFL fans can be MVPs in fight against hunger this holiday season.

MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2012) – As Americans get ready to enjoy some food and football this Thanksgiving, Taste of the NFL reminds NFL fans there is a simple and fun way to cheer on their favorite team and help others who may not know where their next meal is coming from. The Kick Hunger Challenge,® an online fundraiser, pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other in a “friendly competition” to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide.


Click, give, score. By simply logging on to www.KickHungerChallenge.com, fans can make a donation of any size in the name of their favorite team and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the food bank in the team’s community. The Kick Hunger Challenge Champion will be announced during Super Bowl week and the food bank of the winning team will receive a donation match up to $10,000.

Please click here to join the Kick Hunger Challenge>>


Player Spotlight: Steve Grogan, New England Patriots

Steve Grogan was drafted in the fifth round (116th overall) of the 1975 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He remained with the Patriots for his entire NFL career, 16 seasons, and is still ranked as the third best quarterback in franchise history in passing yards and passing touchdowns. This is his first year representing the Patriots for the Taste of the NFL and he will be appearing alongside chef Steve DiFillippo of Davio’s in Boston. Since Steve is new to TNFL, here’s a chance to get to know more about him:  ...

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Player Spotlight: Steve Grogan, New England Patriots

Steve Grogan was drafted in the fifth round (116th overall) of the 1975 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He remained with the Patriots for his entire NFL career, 16 seasons, and is still ranked as the third best quarterback in franchise history in passing yards and passing touchdowns. This is his first year representing the Patriots for the Taste of the NFL and he will be appearing alongside chef Steve DiFillippo of Davio’s in Boston. Since Steve is new to TNFL, here’s a chance to get to know more about him: 


Q: What have you been up to following your football career?
A: I have owned and operated a wholesale/retail sporting goods business for the last 18 years. We sell equipment and uniforms to colleges, high schools, and youth leagues in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Q: Which NFL team did you grow up cheering for?
A: The Kansas City Chiefs. I grew up about an hour south of Kansas City.

Q: Which teams have a shot at making it to the Super Bowl this year?
A: There are too many to say right now. If I had to pick, I would say Atlanta and New England.

Q: After completing such a successful career as a QB, do you have a favorite current NFL QB?
A: Tom Brady of course.

Q: Which rookie QB has impressed you the most this season?
A: Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have both been impressive.

Q: Can you think of a significant way the game has changed since you were in the NFL?
A: There is a lot more passing now than when I played.

Q: How did you get involved with Taste of the NFL?
A: Gino Cappelletti had been doing it for years. He has decided to retire from it and recommended me.

Q: What will you enjoy the most about being involved with Taste of the NFL?
A: Since it is my first year, I am not sure yet. Helping the food banks is a good cause though and a good reason to be involved.

Q: Why should fans attend Taste of the NFL in New Orleans this year?
A: From what I’ve been told, there is lots of great food, former players, and it would really help the food banks in all the NFL cities.