Football fans ready for some football and a feast can still get tickets for Taste of the NFL, a Super Bowl-sized soiree featuring celebrity chefs and NFL athletes who are cooking classic and creative culinary creations on Feb. 1 at Pier 12 of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Chopped host Ted Allen, E & J Winery’s Gina Gallo, and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern are attending the charity event, which is held annually in the Super Bowl host city.
More than 35 chefs, including one from each of the 32 NFL markets, are paired with 35 current or alumni NFL players from each NFL team to whip up 50,000 sample-size treats. Each guest receives a commemorative wine glass to sample the E&J Gallo wines, which are paired with each dish.
More than one dozen New York-area NFL players and chefs are cooking for the 23rd annual Taste of the NFL’s 3,000 patrons.
Football fans can tackle pre-game bites from the New York Giants’ Bill Ard and Chef Kamal Rose of Tribeca Grill, who are preparing Italian wedding soup and New York-style cheesecake. The New York Jets’ Freeman McNeil and Chef Taku Sato of Nobu 57 are serving rock shrimp tempura with a spicy sauce.
New Orleans Saints Morten Anderen is teaming up with Chef Tory McPhail of New Orleans’ Commaner’s Place, site of last year’s Taste of the NFL, to make Louisiana sweet potato "bacon" confit with sweet potatoes prepared with smoked European sea salt, barbecued onions, grilled garlic, and ripped winter kale.
The Miami Dolphins’ John Offerdahl is making Nueske smoked duck tartine with mango rum chutney with Chef Allen Susser of Burger Bar by Chef Allen in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jerry Sisemore is making “Jack McDavid's Special BBQ” with Chef Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse in Philadelphia. Susser and McFavid are the longest-running Taste of the NFL chef participants, cooking for the cause since 1992.
A special Flavors of Brooklyn section will feature NFL Hall of Famer Don Maynard preparing several yet-to-be-revealed dishes with some of the borough’s top chefs. Five not-yet-revealed restaurants are participating.
The evening’s highlights include food and wine pairings, meet-and-greets with NFL athletes and special guests, the unveiling of a cake creation by Cake Boss’ Joey Faugno and Mauro Castano, a musical performance, and silent auction.
Tickets are $700 and can be purchased here. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank for New York City, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn.
Click here to see what dish each NFL athlete and chef pairing are preparing for Taste of the NFL.
Lauren Mack is the New York City Travel Editor. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.