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The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party To Benefit The North Texas Food Bank

Former Dallas Cowboy Chad Hennings joins an all-star roster of hosts, including Chef Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware, and Cowboys legend Preston Pearson for 2012’s Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).  Foodies and football fans alike will huddle up to take a bite out of childhood hunger at the eighth annual “party with a purpose,” aiming to raise its one-millionth dollar in 2012.  This year’s event (held in conjunction with Abacus and presented by Lockheed Martin) moves to the new Omni Hotel Dallas’ Trinity Ballroom, which will receive a gridiron makeover when the festivities touch down on Sunday, May 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Chef Gilbert Garza of Suze (credit:North Texas Food Bank)

Don’t miss out on of the fun.  Advance ticket sales are underway now for only  $125 a person or $225 a couple.  This year’s Tailgate Party, chaired by DeMarcus Ware, has all the ingredients of a winning evening, including:

20 gourmet food stations from chefs representing some of DFW’s hottest restaurants and purveyors; Current and former Dallas Cowboys hosts and special guests, including Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Live music by headliner Emerald City; Silent and live auction items featuring great escapes, experiences and one-of-a-kind merchandise like a Louis Vuitton bag, an overseas trip; Southwest Airlines vouchers; signed sports memorabilia; and
Fund-a-Cause opportunities enabling bidders to sponsor children utilizing NTFB programs at commitment levels of $100, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 emceed in a live auction-style format.

The following star chefs have already committed to take time out from their own kitchens to participate:

Chef Graham Dodds of Central 214 (credit: North Texas Food Bank)

Kent Rathbun – Kent Rathbun Concepts: Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, & KB’s WoodFire Grill
Sean Merchant – Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Omni Dallas Hotel
Graham Dodds – Central 214, Hotel Palomar Dallas
Tim Bevins – craft | DALLAS, W Dallas – Victory
David Holben – Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Bronwen Weber – Frosted Art Bakery & Studio
Matt McCallister – FT 33
Orazio LaManna – Legends Hospitality, Cowboys Stadium
Anthony Bombaci – Nana, Hilton Anatole Hotel
Rodman Shields – Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse
James Williams – North Texas Food Bank, Community Kitchen
Leslie Beach – The Owners Box, Omni Dallas Hotel
James Johnson – Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
The Saxton Group – Pinkberry
Tiffany Derry – Private Social
Jason Czaja – Shinsei
Gilbert Garza – Suze Restaurant
TJ Lengnick – Whiskey Cake

… with many more to come…


“This fun evening has become a springtime tradition, and we are grateful to be on the receiving end of the enormous generosity of our amazing hosts, a great lineup of talented chefs and dedicated sponsors,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank.  “You are helping to elevate the issue of hunger as our organization works to raise funds to provide healthier, more nutritious options to families in need of food assistance.”

All event proceeds will go towards supporting NTFB’s children’s programs including: the Food 4 Kids backpack, Kids Cafe and pantry programs, which aim to tackle childhood hunger here in North Texas. Guests can also choose to make a night of it by booking a special $179 room rate at the Omni Hotel Dallas. Simply call 214-744-6664 and ask for “reservations.”  Be sure to reference TNFL or Taste of the NFL to receive the offer.

Last year alone, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party raised a record of more than $201,000 (up 13.5 percent) – helping provide over 603,000 meals to kids in need across our community.  Organizers hope to cross the $1 million dollar fundraising milestone this year for funds generated since the event started in 2004.

For more event information, visit here

WHEN: Sunday, May 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Omni Hotel Dallas
555 Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
Ph. 214-744-6664

TICKETS: Available here$125 per person/ $225 couple

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