Last week, I had a chance to check out the Taste of the NFL event in Arlington and it was AMAZING. The food was incredible, and I love any chance to stop by AT&T Stadium, even if it isn’t for a sporting event. Many of the participating restaurants are places I am familiar with but haven’t had a chance to check out. More than 20 gourmet food stations were present and serving up delicious samples. I even bumped into several of Dallas’ hottest chefs, as well as current and former Dallas Cowboys players and special guests.

(Left) Chef Kent Rathburn; (Right) Tory Aikman


Our first tasting started with (Counter-clockwise) craft beer, Pimento Cheese spread and Shirmp Dip (Spork), Braised Rib (Off the Bone BBQ) and pork with a bacon waffle (Chamberlain’s). The best thing I had in this set of tastings was the Pimento Cheese Dip, which I don’t usually love, but I really enjoyed this recipe.



Here is a compilation of some of the next round of treats (clockwise from left): a corn dog Kielbasa Sausage Pop, Pasta from il Calabrese, Bacon Truffle Mac-n-Cheese (Suze), and a cake truffle (La Duni Baking Studio). My favorite of these savory treats and samples was the corn dog. The food was perfect for a sample to walk around with; I was able to eat it while wandering all around the stadium.



Finally, it was time for cake balls! I saw these before we really started eating, and they were worth the wait. I sampled the strawberry one with pink sprinkles from Frosted Art Bakery and Studio. I will admit that these were so good, I will stop by the bakery to get some of these soon.



While we were eating, The Rusty Brothers played some fantastic live Texas Country music, and several of the Dallas Cowboy players mixed with the crowds. The live auction took place after the band played. All of the money raised through both the silent and live auctions benefited the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The event raised a record-breaking $338,000 (more than one million meals!) for NTFB’s child feeding programs.

This event is one not to miss, and I will be checking this out in years to come, It’s a great way to have a good time and give back to our community!


(Disclaimer: I was provided with media passes to attend the Taste of the NFL, all thoughts and pictures are my own.)