The Jaguars recently hosted the annual Taste of the NFL Dinner, benefiting the LSS Second Harvest Food Bank. The goal of the event, which took place at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for the fifth consecutive year, is to provide much-needed hunger relief in Jacksonville. Over $160,000 was raised at this year's dinner, more than doubling last year's total of approximately $70,000.
Some of Jacksonville's finest restaurants and chefs were represented, including Tom Gray of Bistro Aix, Charles Charbonneau of Sawgrass Marriott and Spa, Tim Hoch of Levy Restaurants, and Matthew Medure of Matthew's. Several Jaguars players were in attendance as well, including Fred Taylor, Ernest Wilford, Mike Peterson, Joe Zelenka, Reggie Williams, Terry Cousin and Montell Owens.
"This is wonderful," said Peterson. "A six-course meal is served and I'm enjoying myself."
The event was at full capacity. Some 250 people were in attendance, which "is what we've been working for, is to reach this goal," said Delores Barr Weaver, member of the national Taste of the NFL Board. "We actually had a wait list."
This year the Jaguars and seven NFL teams including the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and St. Louis Rams hosted a local event.
Wayne Kostroski, founder of the Taste of the NFL said, "This is one heck of a party in Jacksonville. This event tonight will benefit LSS here in the Jacksonville area and help them help more families in the area than they would have been able to do without this event."
Nationally acclaimed as "The Party with a Purpose," the annual Taste of the NFL dinner at the Super Bowl features 32 of the finest chefs from each of the NFL cities. They are there to serve up their specialty dishes alongside an active or alumni player from each of the NFL teams. The event is recognized as one of the premier food and wine tasting extravaganzas presented during Super Bowl week
LSS Second Harvest Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food each year to 515 non- profit organizations feeding hungry people. Through its partnership with America's Second Harvest, every $1 donated enables the LSS Second Harvest Food Bank to recover $53 worth of food to be distributed to those who are hungry.
The mission of the LSS Second Harvest Food Bank is to feed hungry people by soliciting and judiciously distributing food and grocery products, and to educate the public about the nature of and solutions to the problems of hunger.