Akron - The annual Taste of the NFL event, benefiting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will be held on Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the new 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 night is to raise funds to support hunger relief efforts in Northeast Ohio.
Many Hall of Fame Enshrinees will be at the event mingling with guests. Hall of Fame inductees including Rayfield Wright, Jack Youngblood, Leroy Kelly, Randall McDaniel, Curley Culp and more will be attending the event.
"In the midst of the weakened economy, because of support from our community, the Foodbank has stood strong as the source of food in the fight against hunger and poverty." 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 vulnerable individuals and families that are struggling to make ends meet."
At Taste of the NFL, restaurant and beverage providers include: The Canton Club, Event Center, Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant, D.B.A. Dante Boccuzzi Akron, Downtown 140, Dunkin' Donuts, Georgio's Grille, Hudson's Restaurant & Catering, Main Street Gourmet, Meeker Wines distributed by Esber Beverage, Or Derv Foods, Pepsi Food Service, Perennial Vineyards, Robert J. Events & Catering, Troutman Vineyards, The Winery at Wolf Creek, The Wooster Inn, Shy Cellar, Vaccaro's Trattoria and more.
Auctions and raffles at the event will feature: VIP House of Blues package, a day with internet sensation Chief Oliver of the Brimfield Police Department, on the field experience with the Cleveland Browns, a trip to California wine country, pizza for a year and much 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 at the discounted rate of $100. Tickets can be purchased at www.akroncantonfoodbank.org or by calling 330-535-6900. Taste of the NFL is presented by The Grainger Foundation, 94.9 WQMX, 97.5 WONE and AkronNewsNow.com, powered by 1590 WAKR.