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Community Will Tackle Hunger at Annual Taste of the NFL Event

Sep 12, 2014

Are you ready for some football?? The 7th annual Taste of the NFL event, benefiting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, will be held on Sept. 23, 2014 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Event Center at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Taste of the NFL is a night of fine cuisine from local restaurants and beverages from local and national wineries. The main goal of the evening is to raise funds and awareness that support hunger relief efforts in Northeast Ohio.

At the event, Hall of Fame Enshrinees dressed in their gold jackets will include: newly inducted Andre Reed, Joe DeLamielleure from the Cleveland Browns, and many other incredible players like Randall McDaniel, Anthony Munoz, Andre Reed, Dave Robinson, Ron Yary and Jack Youngblood.

“Because of the unwavering support from our community, the Foodbank has stood strong as the largest source of emergency food in the counties we serve,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “I am grateful for this special evening that brings us together to raise money for individuals and families struggling to put meals on their tables.”

At this year’s Taste of the NFL, restaurant and beverage providers include: Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant, Chocolates by Erin, Desert Inn, Dunkin' Donuts, The Galaxy, The Game Grill + Bar, Georgio's Grille, Hudson's Restaurant & Catering, Kozar’s Wood Fired Grill, Main Street Gourmet, Meeker Wines distributed by Esber Beverage, Or Derv Foods, The Overlook, Pepsi Food Service, The Rail, Robert J. Events & Catering, SHY Cellars, Troutman Vineyards, The Winery at Wolf Creek, The Wooster Inn, University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center
and more!

Auctions and raffles at the event will feature an Ultimate Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement experience, a weekend at Meeker Winery in Sonoma County, California with by a personalized tour followed by dinner on the property, a Dave Robinson Autographed Football and more!

Tickets are $150 for general admission and $250 for VIP admission including: lounge access, early admittance, priority valet parking and a VIP ticket holder gift. Young professionals can attend the event at the discounted rate of $100. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (330) 535-6900.

Taste of the NFL is presented by The Grainger Foundation, 94.9 WQMX, 97.5 WONE and, powered by 1590 WAKR.