This is a really cool event that benefits a great cause.  There is plenty of great food, good music, and numerous current and former Dallas Cowboy players at this event.  All the proceeds go to the North Texas Food Bank which helps feed area kids.  It takes place on April 17 at the Glass Cactus.  You can read all the details below from the press release –

Foodies and football fans alike will huddle up this spring to take a bite out of childhood hunger at Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.  Ticket holders can “party with a purpose” alongside star hosts Chef Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware, and Cowboys legend Preston Pearson, while benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.  The seventh-annual event, held in conjunction with Abacus and presented by Lockheed Martin, touches down Sunday, April 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Glass Cactus in Grapevine. Tickets are on sale now for $125 a person or $200 a pair.

This year’s Tailgate Party has all the ingredients of a winning evening, including:

  • 17 gourmet food stations hosted by chefs representing some of DFW’s hottest restaurants;

  • 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 memorabilia such as Tiffany & Co. jewelry, a seven-course dinner for eight with wine at Nana, and an American Airlines Center suite to entertain 18 people at an upcoming Mavs or Stars game;

  • High-end raffle by Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store featuring jewelry from designers Lori Bonn, Triton and Simon G.; 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.

Supporters can get on the ball and reserve a spot today at (“select” the tickets tab), or purchase an event ticket at the door (while supplies last) for $150 per guest.  
 “This fun evening has become a springtime tradition, and we are grateful to be on the receiving end of this winning team captained by our amazing hosts and a great lineup of talented chefs and dedicated sponsors,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. “You are huddling up to embrace our cause at a time of elevated need as we aim to help even more families in need of food assistance.”

Among the star chefs taking time out from their own kitchens to give back at this year’s event, include:

  • Kent Rathbun, Annika Sacher & Timo Plaza – Abacus/Jasper’s/Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen

  • Marcos Rodriguez – Bolla, Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa

  • Blythe Beck – Central 214, Hotel Palomar Dallas

  • Tim Bevins – craft | DALLAS, W Dallas – Victory

  • Orazio LaManna – Dallas Cowboys

  • David Holben – Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

  • Domingos Noronha – Fogo de Chão Churrascaria

  • Bronwen Weber – Frosted Art Bakery

  • Anthony Bombaci – Nana, Hilton Anatole

  • Samir Dhurandhar – Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse

  • James Williams – North Texas Food Bank

  • James Johnson – Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

  • Shuji Sugawara – Shinsei

  • Gilbert Garza – Suze Restaurant

  • Jaime Corona – The Place at Perry’s

  • TJ Lengnick – Whiskey Cake

  • Ty Thoren – Zeppole, Gaylord Texan Resort
100 percent of the event proceeds will go towards supporting the 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.  Must be 21 or over to enter the venue.  Guests may also opt to make a night of it and book a special $99 room rate at the Gaylord Texan.  Simply call the reservation line at 817-778-1000 and mention code TNFL11 to receive the offer.    

Special thanks to this year’s venue host the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Texan Resort; presenting sponsor Lockheed Martin; “Go Green” sponsor VHA, Novation, Provista; Supporters Albertsons, First Choice Power, U.S. Foodservice, and StanleyIola, LLP; sponsors providing in-kind services, donating ingredients to complete the tailgate spread or contributing fabulous raffle and silent auction items; the entire Host committee; and all the dedicated volunteers committed to passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.  Last year alone, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party raised a record-setting $185,000 (up 5 percent) – helping provide more than 740,500 meals to kids in need across our community.     

The NTFB’s Food 4 Kids program provides backpacks full of nutritious food to chronically hungry children identified by local schools each semester, and for the third straight year will continue its outreach during summer school.  The Food Bank will additionally extend its operation of a select number of Kids Cafes during the months of June, July and August – serving kids 3-5 days a week at camps and other programs in at-risk areas.  Many families will also turn to local food pantries to provide sustenance while school is out. But work remains to be done. According to recent USDA data, Texas ranks second in the nation for the highest rate of food insecure children; currently 1 in 4 lives in a household without consistent access to nutrition.

Please visit the Food Bank’s website at <>  for additional event information, to learn more about the nonprofit’s programs serving children, for volunteer opportunities, or to learn where the organization is in its ambitious three-year Close the Gap campaign ending June 30.  For every dollar donated, NTFB is able to provide three meals to those in need.  

About North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 1,184 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. Close the Gap is the NTFB’s 3-year initiative to unite the community to narrow the food gap by providing access to 50 million meals annually by 2011.
Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a member of Feeding America ( *Last year, the NTFB provided access to almost 45 million meals through its efforts, 7.7 million meals, or 21 percent more, than the previous year. Each month Member Agency pantries distribute food to nearly 25,000 people every day. Every dollar donated to the NTFB provides three meals for the hungry.  Visit for additional information on how to donate, volunteer or get involved.    


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