FOUR ARIZONA RESTAURANTS WIN TASTE OF THE NFL ‘FLAVORS OF THE VALLEY’ COMPETITION & FUNDRAISER T
Litchfield’s at The Wigwam, Dos Gringos, Four Peaks and Bourbon Jack’s will participate in TNFL’s Party with a Purpose® event on Super Bowl Eve; Nearly $60,000 was raised by 16 participating Valley restaurants to benefit two Valley food banks
Phoenix, AZ (07-Jan-2015)
TASTE OF THE NFL (TNFL) today announced the top four winners of its “Flavors of the Valley” restaurant competition and fundraising campaign as part of TNFL’s annual Kick Hunger Challenge®. Litchfield’s at the Wigwam, Dos Gringos, Four Peaks and Bourbon Jack’s were the top four fundraisers among 16 restaurants that participated in campaign. Proceeds from the three-month fundraising effort (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014) will be distributed to two Valley food banks – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Vista del Camino. As the top fundraisers, Litchfield’s at The Wigwam, Dos Gringos, Four Peaks and Bourbon Jack’s will join Chef Eddie Matney and his famed Eddie’s House in the “Flavors of the Valley” showcase, hosted by Valley GMC Dealers, at TNFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Chef Eddie Matney, a 15-year veteran of Taste of the NFL, will serve as the Culinary Host of the Flavors of the Valley restaurants that evening. Nearly $60,000 was raised during the three month campaign as each participating Valley-based restaurant featured a special dining promotion with 100 percent of promotion proceeds benefitting the two local food banks. Participating restaurants included Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Bourbon Jack's, Citizen Public House, Culinary Dropout, Dos Gringos, The Gladly, EVO, Foosia – Asia Fresh, Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, Four Peaks, Litchfield’s at The Wigwam, O.H.S.O., Phoenix City Grille, Scramble - a Breakfast Joint, Sol Mexican Cocina, and Zinburger. “We are deeply appreciative of the efforts of all 16 local restaurants who participated in our Kick Hunger Challenge,” said TNFL Founder and Executive Director Wayne Kostroski. “They’re all winners to us. It’s because of their dedication to our cause that we are closer to reaching our fundraising goal of one million dollars raised as part of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.” TNFL’s star-studded Party with a Purpose® event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, including Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with NFL players, coaches, legends and more. The evening culminates with a concert by GRAMMY® award-winning country group, Little Big Town, presented by American Family Insurance. As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has partnered with Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, will lead the charge along side national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano. Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com. This event has sold out in advance of the event each year, so a purchase of tickets and tables is encouraged. Every dollar raised will create eight meals for families in need. Every purchase and donation can change lives. Company support for this year's 24th anniversary Party With a Purpose® includes E & J Gallo, Low T Centers, City of Scottsdale, Valley GMC Dealers, American Family Insurance, Scottsdale CVB, and Arizona-based AVNET. ABOUT TASTE OF THE NFL Since 1992, the Taste of the NFL (a 501c3 organization) has rallied the country's top chefs and the NFL's greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. To date, Taste of The NFL’s programs and events have raised $22 million dollars (175 million meals) to help feed the 37 million Americans, (many of them children and seniors), who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. Learn more about the Kick Hunger Challenge at www.TasteoftheNFL.com. ABOUT KICK HUNGER CHALLENGE The Kick Hunger Challenge is an online-only fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL, (www.TasteoftheNFL.com). This friendly “competition” pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for their local food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the 2014-15 football season, fans will have the opportunity to support one of the 32 NFL teams and directly impact the donation of thousands of meals to food banks in their team’s community. ABOUT ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to the hungry. Serving two-thirds of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. A member of Feeding America, which is a network of more than 200 member food banks, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance distributed almost 70 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2012-2013 to families and individuals. See more at firstfoodbank.org. ABOUT VISTA DEL CAMINO Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency. Vista del Camino services are available on site at 7700 E. Roosevelt St., Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 480-312-2323. See more at www.scottsdaleaz.gov/assistance/vista.