PITTSBURGH, PA (January 11, 2011) — Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will distribute 23.5 million pounds of food this year; their ability to do this is thanks to the efforts of many partners, such as The Taste of the NFL event. The Taste of the NFL event is held before the super bowl every year and features some of the country’s most critically acclaimed chefs. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Bigelow Grille will be represented at this prestigious event.
Executive Chef Anthony Zallo of the Bigelow Grille, has been selected to be a part of the culinary lead-up to the big game as the representative of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be teamed with Steelers great Andy Russell. This is the third consecutive year that Chef Zallo will represent the Bigelow Grille and Pittsburgh at the event.
The event features food and wine from the best chefs in each of the 32 NFL cities. Zallo and Russell will team up to represent the black and gold. Along with other pairs from NFL cities, they will be raising awareness and funds for hunger-related charities across the country, including Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
The chefs are selected based on critic reviews, originality and quality of their menu and restaurant ratings. Reviewers have described Chef Anthony Zallo’s culinary creations as “pure art” and “unique adventurous dishes.” This year he will be making his homemade gnocchi with wild mushrooms, gorgonzola and toasted walnuts dish, which has proved to be a Pittsburgh favorite at Bigelow Grille.
Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank serves 11 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania and since 2008 has served more than 2,500 new households every month, 120,000 people per month altogether. The Food Bank is grateful for the support of great charity events like these that help ensure the continuous support of those in need.
The event will be held on February 5th at Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Since its inception in 1992, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $8 million for hunger related charities totaling nearly 72 million pounds of food.