Having raised a collective $1.5 million and delivered 93 million meals to schools with food-insecure students during the Super Bowl LVI week in LA, it is now time for the people of Phoenix to show what they can do.
The Taste of the NFL, presented by Frito-Lay, Quaker and PepsiCo Foundation, will be held on Feb. 11 from 4–8 p.m. at the Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. All proceeds from this event will benefit GENYOUth’s End Student Hunger Fund, which provides schools nationwide with the resources and equipment needed to help nourish food-insecure children. This includes 25% of all proceeds staying in Arizona to help local schools by providing student meals.
“It is four hours of football, food and fun,” says GENYOUth CEO, Ann Marie Krautheim. “People can wander to different chefs, cuisine and players who will give out autographs. Someone will also get to go home with a pair of Super Bowl tickets.”
The hosts for the evening include culinary masters Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Lasheeda Perry and Mark Bucher, along with appearances from NFL greats that will combine to create a high-energy culinary experience.
Bucher, who is in his second year with the event, has personally contributed to the fight to end hunger. He started the nonprofit Feed the Fridge in Washington, D.C. that employs local restaurants to help feed the malnourished.
“In the culinary world there are industry-wide awards such as the James Beard Award and Michelin stars, but this is different,” says Bucher. “When you are aligned personally with the NFL and The Taste of the NFL on the same platform as the Super Bowl, one of the largest sporting events in the world, the reasoning behind the event doesn’t get lost.”
Joining those top chefs will be over 25 culinary innovators from around the Valley who will add a Phoenician twist to the menu. Featuring national and regional specialty dishes, there will be plenty of flavors to indulge in while mingling with NFL players and celebrity guests.
“We have a wonderful group of marquee and local chefs as well as various players that are passionate and care about kids,” says Krautheim. “Everyone wants to help support our efforts in ending hunger during a celebration of our mission, our partners, and the community.”
Click here for more information and to buy tickets to the Taste of the NFL. If you cannot attend the event but still want to support the fight to ending hunger, visit GENYOUth’s website.