With a break in the rain and the temperatures flirting with the upper 80s over the weekend, the North Texas Food Bank’s sold-out Taste of the Cowboys had a fine and dandy time Sunday evening. Didn’t really matter whether it rained or a heat wave set in. The whole thing took place inside air-conditioned AT&T Stadium.
Instead of a ho-hum tailgating chow-down, Co-Hosts/former Dallas Cowboys Chad Hennings and Preston Pearson arranged for 18 local restaurateurs including Dunia Borga and Kent Rathbun to provide epicurean delights via food stations in socially distanced pods around the field.
And taking socially distancing a bit further, dining pods were provided on the field with mats and cushions to settle back and enjoy the sounds of the Ray Johnston Band and Prophets and Outlaws onstage and on the big screens. And, of course, high-roller guests enjoyed the perk of having VIP pods with chairs and tables near the stage in the end zone.
Thanks to the added bonus of Presenting Sponsor Pepsi, a silent auction and a raffle for a pair of diamond hoop earrings, North Texas Food Bank President/CEO Trisha Cunningham reported that the event hauled in $433,000, which equals almost 1.3M meals for North Texas kids.
While the pandemic may be winding down, the challenge of hunger continues.
* Photo provided by North Texas Food Bank