Ultimate Tailgate Party

Taste of the NFL unites Dallas Cowboys fans and culinary elite for a cause

Taste of the NFL unites Cowboys fans and culinary elite for a cause

Kelley Dixon, Chachis Hecht, Michele Sharp
Kelley Dixon, Chachis Hecht, Michele Sharp, Dina Donley Photo by John Strange
 Joe Simler, Maggie Seaquist, Eddy Riveiro, Jennifer Ayyad, Blair Crossan, taste of the NFL
Joe Simler, Maggie Seaquist, Eddy Riveiro, Jennifer Ayyad, Blair Crossan Photo by John Strange
The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party Hosts, Preston Pearson and Daryl Johnston
Preston Pearson, Daryl Johnston Photo by John Strange
kent rathbun, taste of the NFL
Kent Rathbun Photo by John Strange
Natalie Pruitt, Charles Pruitt, Jan Pruitt, Taste of the NFL
Natalie Pruitt, Charles Pruitt, Jan Pruitt Photo by John Strange
Dunia Borga of La Duni serving Mi Crema, taste of the nfl
Dunia Borga of La Duni Photo by John Strange
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Hundreds of foodies showed up for Taste of the NFL at Glass Cactus Nightclub in Grapevine. Photo by John Strange
Kristine Huffman, John Jenkins and  Event Emcee, Gina Miller, taste of the NFL
Kristine Huffman, John Jenkins, Gina Miller Photo by John Strange
Rob jackson, The Athlete's Artist, taste of the NFL
Rob Jackson Photo by John Strange
Kelley Dixon, Chachis Hecht, Michele Sharp
 Joe Simler, Maggie Seaquist, Eddy Riveiro, Jennifer Ayyad, Blair Crossan, taste of the NFL
The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party Hosts, Preston Pearson and Daryl Johnston
kent rathbun, taste of the NFL
Natalie Pruitt, Charles Pruitt, Jan Pruitt, Taste of the NFL
Dunia Borga of La Duni serving Mi Crema, taste of the nfl
tatse of the nfl
Kristine Huffman, John Jenkins and  Event Emcee, Gina Miller, taste of the NFL
Rob jackson, The Athlete's Artist, taste of the NFL

This year’s Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party brought together two things North Texans can’t get enough of: food and football. Hundreds of attendees, rocking their best boots and bling, filled the Glass Cactus Nightclub in Grapevine to get a taste of both.

This beloved foodie event marked 10 years of tackling childhood hunger with the North Texas Food Bank. Former Dallas Cowboys Preston Pearson, Chad Hennings and Daryl Johnston, along with Abacus executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun, ensured guests were treated to a night of good food, dancing and, of course, fundraising.

Fans feasted at 18 food stations manned by some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s best chefs, including Eric Brandt of Bistro 31, Abraham Salum of Komali, Tim McLaughlin of Lockhart Smokehouse, T.J. Lengnick of Shinsei and Scott Gottlich of Second Floor. One of our favorite dishes was Old Hickory Steakhouse’s Texas fried quail and jalapeño cheese grits. Chocolate hazelnut cakes shaped like footballs were among the most memorable sweet endings.

It wouldn’t be a charitable event without a little auction action, and bidders couldn’t wait to see who would score the Texas Rangers VIP experience for four, which included batting practice, dinner with GM John Daniels and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Other notables on the scene were emcee Gina Miller, NTFB president and CEO Jan Pruitt, and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Before they departed, attendees snapped photo booth pics with the Lombardi Trophy and snagged mystery swag bags filled with Kendra Scott jewelry.

Taste of the NFL is a group of events held nationally that rallies the country’s top chefs and the NFL’s greatest to raise money in support of area food banks. Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $1.34 million for hungry North Texas children.