Boston Chef Steve DiFillippo Of Davio’s And Former Patriot Matt Light Represent The New England Patriots At The Taste Of The NFL’s Star-Studded 26th Annual Event ‘Party With A Purpose®’

BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The TASTE OF THE NFL, a 501c3 organization, will host its 26th annual hunger relief event to take place on the eve of the Big Game, Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at the University of Houston. The Party with a Purpose® fundraising event brings together fans and renowned chefs from each NFL market with current, alumni and Hall of Fame players for a tasting event to raise money for food banks nationwide. Founded by Minneapolis restaurateur Wayne Kostroski in 1992, the event draws celebrities from all areas of the entertainment world to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief in cities across the country.

This year’s star-studded event Party with a Purpose® brings together exceptional cuisine and prominent chefs from around the country, including Davio’s owner, Steve DiFillippo, and Culinary Director, Rodney Murillo as representing chefs for the New England Patriots along with former Patriots Offensive Lineman, Matt Light to raise money on behalf of The Greater Boston Food Bank. The Davio’s team will be serving Handmade Cavatelli, Handmade Sausage, Butternut Squash, Shaved Black Truffles at the event this year! Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at

“This incredible organization has raised over $25 million over the years and produced 200+ million meals to food banks across the country with one goal in mind – ending hunger. I’m honored to be part of this event and to represent the AFC Champions, the New England Patriots this year at the Big Game. Throughout the year, we work through various events at Davio’s to raise money for the kick hunger challenge as well as the Light Foundation’s online raffles, which culminates into one incredible evening. It’s very powerful and I am sure that this year, will be one to remember.”Steve DiFillippo, Chef-Restaurateur, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has appointed Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Event goers will also enjoy a live performance from The Band Perry and have the opportunity to bid on over 250 unique sports and celebrity memorabilia, vacation packages and other coveted auction items. Fans are encouraged to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by donating to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at One hundred percent of donations made to a team’s individual page will be distributed to the team’s local food bank partner.

WHERE:          University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX  77004

WHEN:            Saturday, February 4th 


The concept behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is simple, regional Italian food with a focus on the grill. Everything is prepared by hand using the finest ingredients. Davio’s serves everything from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique pasta creations. Davio’s takes great pride in serving guests with an expert kitchen and attentive staff in the dining room, seeing to every guest’s enjoyment of their meal. DiFillippo recently published his first book, It’s All About the Guest: Exceeding Expectations in Business and in Life, the Davio’s Way (Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, on October 15, 2013 (ISBN 978-0-7627-9138-5, $26.95, Hardcover) Amazon #1 Bestseller. For more information visit or


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