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Chefs Richard Blais, Alex Guarnaschelli and Andrew Zimmern to Co-Host 26th Annual Party with a Purpose® Super Bowl Weekend
Taste of the NFL to Celebrate 26 Years of Fighting Hunger at University of Houston
(January 18) Houston, TX – Taste of the NFL, a premier sanctioned NFL organization, proudly announces that this year’s culinary hosts for its 26th Annual Party with a Purpose® are television host, cookbook author and Chef Richard Blais, Chopped Judge and Cookbook Author Alex Guarnaschelli and James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef and author Andrew Zimmern, who will all be in attendance to lead the culinary charge on Super Bowl Eve, Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the University of Houston for
this year’s highly-anticipated event.
"I am so looking forward to participating in Party with a Purpose at Super Bowl Weekend,” said Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. “The Taste of NFL is such an impressive organization, I am thrilled to be a culinary host at the event and help to raise funds for hunger relief"
The star-studded Party with a Purpose® celebrates two of America’s favorite pastimes—food and football—pairing extraordinary chefs from the 32 NFL cities together with current, Hall of Fame and alumni players from each NFL franchise, celebrities and more, serving over 45,000 tastings for 2,500 guests to support the fight against hunger.
“The Taste of the NFL is the ultimate ‘party with a purpose’,” said long-standing supporter Andrew Zimmern. “It’s a place where we celebrate the yearlong efforts that the food community and the NFL undertake as partners to end hunger. There is no greater cause, no finer group of people, and no better place to hang your hat in the pursuit of social justice.
Chef Richard Blais who will be joining the Party with a Purpose® for the first time, “I'm so excited to be giving back, celebrating the big game and fighting hunger with some of my favorite big time food personalities at the Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose!”
Since its inception in 1992, Taste of the NFL has raised and donated over $25 million to food banks and nonprofit organizations in each of the 32 NFL cities, resulting in excess of 200 million meals for Americans. 100% of the proceeds generated from the Kick Hunger Challenge and the Party with a Purpose® goes directly back to each team’s hometown community.
"Last year was our 25th anniversary and we are thrilled with the momentum and interest moving into our 26th year,” says Taste of the NFL founder Wayne Kostroski. “As Party with a Purpose® continues to grow, so has the need for hunger relief unfortunately. We are proud to be celebrating 26 years, over $25 million raised and over 200 million meals provided to food banks and nonprofit organizations across the country.”
Party with a Purpose is supported by a number of generous sponsors, including: E&J Gallo Winery, which has supported Taste of the NFL for the past twenty two years; and Low T Centers, a fourth-year partner, serving as the official player host. Joining these continuing partners is Texas Medical Center our Chef Host, Sysco the Flavors of Houston Host, PepsiCo a Supporting Sponsor and Shell our Kick Hunger Champion Partner.
For more information, visit TasteoftheNFL.com or follow @TasteoftheNFL on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as we #KickHunger this season. Tickets are available for purchase here.
About Taste of the NFL
Taste of the NFL (TNFL) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising awareness and funds for hunger relief organizations in the 32 NFL cities and across the country. Proudly celebrating its 26th anniversary at Super Bowl LI, the organization conducts national and local fundraising events throughout the year, culminating in the annual Party with a Purpose on Super Bowl Eve. Since its inception, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $25 million, which has provided over 200 million meals for Americans. 100% of proceeds raised for directly to supporting food banks in each of the 32 NFL cities.