Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” creator and star will meet guests while serving as culinary host for annual hunger relief event
Taste of the NFL, a non-profit organization dedicated to kicking hunger in America, announces that Chef Andrew Zimmern will help host its 22nd annual hunger relief event on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the New Orleans Convention Center. Zimmern will visit with guests and help showcase the many talented chefs who participate in Taste of the NFL’s strolling food and wine event.
One of the most popular tickets during Super Bowl week, Taste of the NFL pairs the best chefs from each NFL team city with legendary NFL players to raise money in support of food banks across the United States. Guests sample fine cuisine, meet nationally recognized chefs and rub elbows with NFL all-stars. Tickets are available at www.TasteoftheNFL.com.
Widely recognized for hosting Travel Channel’s popular Bizarre Foods series, Zimmern is a two-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, author, and teacher. He recently launched his first food truck, AZ Canteen, which offers a menu that showcases some inspired versions of the best food items Andrew has discovered on the road.
“I’m honored to be part of Taste of the NFL this year,” says Zimmern, “and proud of the fact that this national hunger relief organization got its start in Minnesota – the place I call home.”
“We are thrilled to have Andrew Zimmern help host this year’s Party with a Purpose,” said Wayne Kostroski, founder of Taste of the NFL. “I know guests will enjoy meeting him during our night of food, football and fun.”
Zimmern joins other notable guests, including the newly crowned Miss America, Mallory Hagan; stars from TLC’s Cake Boss; and the legendary alternative-rock band Soul Asylum, who will perform live.
This year’s “Party with a Purpose” also includes a silent auction with unique sports memorabilia, exciting travel opportunities, culinary packages and more. For more information and tickets, visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.
Those who can’t attend the event can still support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by participating in the Kick Hunger Challenge. NFL fans can visit www.KickHungerChallenge.comand make a donation on behalf of their favorite team. All proceeds from the Kick Hunger Challenge go directly to food banks in NFL team cities.
The 2013 Super Bowl “Party with a Purpose” is made possible through the generosity of Taste of the NFL partners including E & J Gallo, Party America, Uptown Network and American Family Insurance. Additional supporting sponsors include the Louisiana Seafood Council, Tabasco, Pernod Ricard and Crescent Crown Distributing.
ABOUT TASTE OF THE NFL
The Taste of the NFL (TNFL) is a 501c3 that exists to raise awareness and dollars for hunger relief organizations involved in tackling hunger in America. The Minneapolis-based organization conducts national and local fundraising events throughout the year to raise money to combat hunger issues facing millions of Americans. To date, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $14 million for this critically important cause and is looking forward to its 2013 event on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. For more information, visit 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 food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the 2012-13 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 ANDREW ZIMMERN
Andrew Zimmern is a two-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, host and executive producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. He is a contributing editor at Food & Wine magazine, an award-winning monthly columnist at Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine and a senior editor at Delta Sky magazine. Andrew is also the author of Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird Wild & Wonderful Foods (Feiwel & Friends), as well as The Bizarre Truth and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food, both published by Broadway Books/Random. More at www.andrewzimmern.com.
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