Taste of the NFL Helps Feed the Hungry: By the Numbers, with Photos

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Last weekend's Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party offered up celebrity, entertainment and gourmet eats in a surprisingly badass setting at the Glass Cactus. And while my focus tends to be on cuisine at these sort of events, I'd like to tell you about the stuff that really matters: the event's impact on the cause of hunger, through its support for the North Texas Food Bank. OK, with a few choice details and food photos peppered throughout, just for fun.

15
the number of chef stations at the event

1 in 4
the number of children in the state of Texas who are at risk of hunger

47 million
the number of meals provided by the NTFB in its first 30 years

97
the approximate number of single women who sighed audibly when Dallas star and friend of the NTFB Jesse Metcalf mentioned his girlfriend in the first four words of his speech

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Kobe beef brochette with cipollini onion, shisito pepper and soy demi-glace by chef Scott Gottlich of The Second Floor
100
the percentage of dollars raised at the event that went directly to the North Texas Food Bank

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Mini lamb meatballs with herb roasted tomatoes, wild arugula and tzatziki sauce by chef Aaron Henschen of Del Frisco's Grille
10 million
the approximate number of dollars raised for hunger relief since the annual Taste of the NFL's inception in Minneapolis 1993

6,500
number of dollars in the winning bid for a five-course tasting for 10 hosted at Abacus by event host chef Kent Rathbun featuring special guest DeMarcus Ware and a limo ride

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Smoked black soy pork loin steam buns with green mango-cucumber slaw and hoisin barbecue sauce by TNFL host chef Kent Rathbun of Abacus
7:05
time at which Dallas wedding band Emerald City got the party going

94
the number on Cowboy and NTFB supporter DeMarcus Ware's jersey

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Cowboys truffled mac n cheese with American Kobe short ribs and meyer lemon wilted micro greens by chef Orazio Lamanna of Legends Hospitality at Cowboys Stadium
97
the number on Cowboy and NTFB supporter Jason Hatcher's jersey

$100
donations needed to feed a single hungry child for an entire school semester

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Cavatappi with roasted shrimp, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes with a mascarpone and white garlic sauce by chef Sascia Marchesi of Zeppole at The Gaylord Texan
28
the number of corporate sponsors of Sunday's Taste of the NFL event

6
the number of celebrity hosts: DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Kent Rathbun, Preston Pearson, Chad Hennings and Daryl Johnston

$231,095
the total amount raised at this year's Taste of the NFL event

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Crispy pork belly with green mango salad by chef TJ Lengnick of Shinsei
693,285
the number of meals that will be provided by the money raised

$1
the amount of money it costs to buy three meals for hungry North Texans

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Garlic sautéed gulf shrimp with curry roasted cauliflower puree; sherry dressed grilled radicchio and pomegranate gastrique by chef Ernie Mendoza of Suze Restaurant
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cathyrenquest
cathyrenquest

Did you have to pay to get in? It would be pretty shitty after all those stats if you didn't.

foodbiatch
foodbiatch

@cathyrenquest I did not, but I did volunteer over two hours at the NTFB sorting food last Wednesday. I also have personally donated hundreds of dollars to the NTFB, and even hosted an event last year that benefitted the cause. I was invited as a media guest to attend this event and help give it more exposure.

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