Tastes Like Team Spirit

An All-Star lineup of chefs and NFL players will mix it up on Super Bowl eve for the Taste of the NFL event, an annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting food banks in every NFL City. Start saving now. Tickets for the Feb. 4 “Party with a Purpose,” held inside Gleaners Food Bank, run $600. Part strolling food-and-wine event and part celebrity gawk-fest, the evening features about 40 stations manned by top chefs from NFL cities around the country and players representing each of their teams.

The Teams

Baltimore Ravens: Chef Nancy Longo of Pierpoint Restaurant & Catering … with Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff

Chicago Bears: James Beard award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian of Naha … with former American football cornerback/safety Shaun Gayle

Cincinnati Bengals: Jean-Robert De Cavel of Jean-Robert’s Table, a chef whose ventures have been listed as one of the Top 75 New Restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveler and awarded four stars by the Mobil Travel Guide and four diamonds by AAA … with former Bengal Dave Lapham

Cleveland Browns: Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit … with Al “Bubba” Baker.    

Dallas Cowboys: Chef Kent Rathbun of Jasper’s, named one of Esquire‘s Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America … with former defensive lineman Chad Hennings

Denver Broncos: Chef Troy Guard, named one of the “Great Regional Chefs of America” by the James Beard Foundation, of TAG … with ormer Bronco’s captain Karl Mecklenburg

Detroit Lions: Chef Brian Polcyn of The Forest Grill … with 1973-75 defensive back Jim Thrower

Green Bay Packers: Chef Sanford D’Amato of Sanford Restaurant … with Donny Anderson

Indianapolis Colts: Chef Greg Hardesty of Recess and Room Four (yay!) … with Ken Dilger (woot!)

Kansas City Chiefs: Debbie Gold, the James Beard-winning chef at American Restaurant … with Bobby Bell

Miami Dolphins: Chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s … with Dick Anderson

Minnesota Vikings: Lynne Hackman of the Franklin Street Bakery … with Randall McDaniel

New York Jets: Chef Shin Tsujimura of Nobu Fifty Seven … with three-time Pro Bowler Freeman McNeil

Oakland Raiders: Chef Josh Thomsen of Meritage at the Claremont … with Pete Banaszak

Philadelphia Eagles: Chef Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse … with Jerry Sisemore

Pittsburgh Steelers: Chef Anthony Zallo of Bigelow Grille … with Andy Russell

San Diego Chargers: Chef Jonathan Hale of The Prado at Balboa Park … with Willie Buchanon

St. Louis Rams: Chef Bill Cardwell of Cardwell’s at the Plaza … with Jack Youngblood

Tampa Buccaneers: Chef Marty Blitz of Mise En Place … with Scot Brantley

Tennessee Titans: Chef Brian Uhl of Sunset Grill … with Marcus Robertson

Washington Redskins: Chef Jeffrey “JG” Gaetjen of Kinkead’s … with Brig Owens