Taste Of The NFL To Bring National Flavors To Brooklyn

City to Host 23rd Annual Super Bowl ‘Party with a Purpose®

Taste of the NFL, a Twin Cities-based, non-profit organization dedicated to kicking hunger in America, 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 earlier today.

Per tradition, the hunger relief event will take place on the eve of the Super Bowl, Saturday, February 1, 2014, and will be held at Pier 12 of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Founded by Minneapolis restaurateur Wayne Kostroski in 1992 when Minnesota hosted Super Bowl XXVI, the organization is known for its annual premier Super Bowl party that pairs renowned chefs from each NFL market with current, alumni and Hall of Fame players. The event draws celebrities from all areas of the entertainment world to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief in cities throughout the country.

The 2014 Super Bowl marks a historic first for the NFL: the only outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl hosted by two states and two teams. In accordance with the Taste of the NFL’s model, proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Food Bank for New York City (10%), Community Food Bank of New Jersey (10%), and Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger(10%), as a gesture of goodwill to the borough for serving as the event’s host city. The balance of the proceeds will be donated to the designated food bank in each of the other NFL cities, as well as key hunger relief organizations across the country.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity for our annual Super Bowl party to benefit those in need in New York and New Jersey,” said Taste of the NFL founder, Wayne Kostroski. “Brooklyn has welcomed us with open arms, and Pier 12 will serve as the perfect backdrop to showcase the dedication and culinary skills of our partner chefs as we raise funds to help kick hunger nationwide.”

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Additional highlights of this year’s “Party with a Purpose” will include featured chefs from the New York area, special appearances bycast members of TLC’s Cake Boss, the newly crowned Miss America, and more.  There is also a silent auction with unique sports memorabilia, exciting travel opportunities, culinary packages and more. Limited tickets remain.  For more information, visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.

The 2014 event is made possible through the generosity of Taste of the NFL partners including E & J Gallo, Uptown Network and American Family Insurance. Additional supporting sponsors include Pernod Ricard. For those who can’t make it to the event but still want to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to kick hunger, they are encouraged to log on to www.KickHungerChallenge.com and make a donation in the name of their favorite NFL team—proceeds will directly impact the donation of meals to those in need in their team’s community.