“Party with a Purpose” Unites Culinary and Sports Luminaries for Hunger Relief

For more than 25 years, Taste of the NFL has brought together the country’s top chefs, representing each of the 32 NFL team cities, and the NFL’s greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the country. Its signature, annual, star-studded event will take place on the eve of Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 2 in Atlanta.


In addition to plenty of celebrity sightings, several dishes featuring premium Certified Angus Beef ® brand cuts will be on the menu:


Atlanta’s own Chef Kevin Rathbun, representing the Atlanta Falcons and the event’s chef host, will be serving Roasted Certified Angus Beef ® brand New York Strip with Parsnips and Smoked Garlic Jus.


Chef Michelle Brown of Jag’s Steak and Seafood, representing the Cincinnati Bengals, will be serving Certified Angus Beef ® brand Black Truffle Filet over Wild Mushroom Risotto. Brown notes that Jag’s customers raised more than $24,000, providing more than 74,000 meals to those in need, in the lead-up to the gala event.


Chef Blake Hartwick of Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, Charlotte, N.C., is representing the Carolina Panthers. He plans to serve Certified Angus Beef ® brand brisket. (Read more in The Atlantan.)


Hall of Famer Morten Andersen, who teamed up with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand’s Chef Tony Biggs to create a special dish for game day gatherings, will be a guest of honor at the event on behalf of the league’s Kick Hunger initiative.


Guests will also enjoy a performance by country music superstar Martina McBride, a special appearance by award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern, and an auction of sports memorabilia and culinary packages.


Since its start in 1992, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $25 million for designated Feeding America food banks in each of the 32 NFL team cities, as well as other select hunger relief organizations. Learn more about Taste of the NFL and the Kick Hunger Challenge.