Taste of the NFL Ultimate Tailgate Party a Delicious Success


by Steven Doyle

The Taste  of  the  NFL:  The  Ultimate  Dallas  Cowboys  Tailgate  Party has  provided more  than  two  million  meals  to  hungry  North  Texas  children  since  its  inception  in  2005,  by  raising  vital  funds  for the  North  Texas  Food  Bank’s  more  than  1,000  feeding  and  education  programs.  Every  $1  donated  provides  3 meals  for  hungry  North  Texas  children  and  100  percent  of  the  event  proceeds  help  distribute  food  through  the  Food  Bank’s  300  member  agencies  in 13 counties and through the Food 4 Kids backpacks,  Kids  Café,  and  School Pantry  programs.

Dallas Cowboys, past and present, Abacus chef and proprietor Kent  Rathbun, and more than a dozen of the area’s hottest celebrity chefs assembled Sunday evening to take part in  the 10th anniversary celebration benefiting NTFB  children’s feeding programs.   

“We’re  aiming  to  raise  a  record  $500,000  with  this  year’s  big  10th annual  event,”  said  Jan  Pruitt,  NTFB  president  and  CEO.  “One in four North  Texas children are hungry today, so our supporters  can  help  by  partying with a purpose at Taste of the NFL, joining Dallas Cowboys and noted chefs for a fun event to tackle hunger in our community.”

The event hosts included the Dallas  Cowboys,  former Dallas Cowboys Daryl  Johnston, Preston Pearson and Chad  Hennings; and Chef Kent Rathbun.

Now here is how we celebrated:

DSC01937La Duni owner Dunia Borga made her signature pistachio ice cream

DSC01924We enjoyed delicious brisket from Lockhart Smokehouse

DSC01923Tequila spice rubbed shrimp and gouda grits from Del Frisco

DSC01916Bijoux and Second Floor chef Scott Gottlich showed up with his game face, and deviled pork belly and pimento cheese

DSC01918No event is complete without Buttons chef-owner Keith Hicks and his terrific gumbo

DSC01931Suze chef de cuisine Ernie Mendoza made his gulf shrimp with a poached tomato-chorizo sauce on blue corn grits

DSC01941Salum and Komali owner Abraham Salum can always be found at any benefit in the Dallas area. This evening he whipped up some very special deconstructed tamales that wowed the crowd

DSC01936Kent Rathbun and crew threw down a delicious buffalo taco


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  1. Rob

    It was good seeing you last night – great food for a good cause

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