NFL Parties With a Purpose, and Boca Bacchanal Kickoff Begins

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Coach Don Shula with Taste of the NFL Lifetime Achievement Award; photo credit: Manny Hernandez

NFL’s Party with a Purpose features celeb players, chefs

Football and food go together like mac ‘n’ cheese, and that’s the idea behind Party with a Purpose by Taste of the NFL, which combines legendary football names – Coach Don Shula is National Honorary Chair – with big chef names. It’s all to benefit the Kick Hunger Challenge, which is a friendly competition pitting fans of all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for food banks nationwide. SoFla’s Kick Hunger Challenge benefits Feeding South Florida. 

For 29 years this event has taken place on the eve of the Super Bowl, so this year it’s on Feb. 1 at The Diplomat Beach Resort. Chef Adam Richman is Florida Culinary Host and local celebs participating include Chef Allen Susser, The Ritz-Carlton; Executive Chef Paula DaSilva, Fort Lauderdale; and former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl and Dolphins safety Dick Anderson. 

Cost is $700 per person; buy tickets here:

The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. 

Bacchus Beckons kicks off Boca Bacchanal events

The kickoff to the March 6-7 Boca Bacchanal starts next week, on Jan. 21, with Bacchus Beckons at the Town Center Mall Bloomingdale’s. For $75 per ticket, you can nibble on a large selection of appetizers and sip some fine wines from presenting wineries. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy the special food and drink presentations and be there for the announcement about Bacchanal chef and vintner pairings and the locations of the popular Vintner Dinners in March.

Next up on the way to the big event: Feb. 20, Bubbles & Burgers, $100 per ticket, from 6-8 p.m. at ALINA Residences, Boca Beach Club, 900 S. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton.

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