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Top Chefs and Top Sports Icons Dine Together for Hunger

L to R – Taste Fore the Tour Event Director Pete Kostroski, Sir Nick Faldo, Event Founder Wayne Kostroski in Faldo's kitchen in Florida.

Wayne Kostroski, founder of the wildly successful Taste of The NFL, isn’t going to play through until every major sporting event has a fundraiser to end hunger—even golf. His newest eradicate-hunger event, Taste Fore The Tour, is the first-course for the upcoming 3M Open, a new PGA Tour tournament to be held July 4 – 7 at TPC Twin Cities, a private golf course in Blaine. The 240-guest sit-down dinner will take place July 1 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. 

Rather than chose a larger location, Kostroski said he liked the intimacy of having just 240 attendees at an iconic country club who can then have access to the numerous sports celebrities who will be in attendance. And even at that number he expects to raise a six-figure amount. 

“The beauty of starting this event is for it to be in my own backyard,” Kostroski, owner of Cuisine Concepts and Franklin Street Bakery, said. The idea is to expand it nationally to other PGA events, he said. 

The other beauty of it being in his backyard is that he was able to recruit five local chefs with nationally acclaimed reputations (and all with multiple James Beard Award nominations) to prepare the menu: TV host/writer Chef Andrew Zimmern (four-time Beard winner); Chef Gavin Kaysen (two-times winner and owner of Bellecour, Demi, Spoon & Stable); Chef Jamie Malone (chef owner of Eastside and Grand Café and one of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2013); Chef Thomas Boemer (Cochon555's King of Porc 2017); and Chef Diana Moua ( a much lauded pastry chef at Bellecour, Demi, Spoon & Stable.) Aaron Anderson, the executive chef at Interlachen has been charged with the passed hors d’oeuvres. 

Zimmern is on for the Amuse Bouche, a Tartine of Caviar, Cured Salmon and Bitter Lemon with Seaweed Butter. Kaysen will tee off the first course, Razor Clams, Green Strawberry, Spring Garlic, Spruce Tip Aguachile; Malone is up next with her Sea Bass with Sauce Nantua and White Asparagus; followed by Boemer ‘s Pork and Butter Beans with Sorghum; and Moua will close out the evening with an assortment of sweet treats. 

Proceeds from the event will go to Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP), an organization with expertise at procuring and distributing healthy food efficiently locally, and able to feed one person for one week for just $1.50. That’s just $78 to feed a person for one year.

And even though the sponsorship and sit-down spots are taken, Kostroski doesn’t want to leave anyone out, or any money on the table. Donors who pledge $78 or more online at TasteForeTheTour.com will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to attend the Taste Fore The Tour event on July 1. The winner will be notified on June 24. 

The guest of honor for the Taste Fore The Tour will be six-time major champion and CBS golf analyst Sir Nick Faldo. Faldo and Kostroski officially announced the Taste Fore The Tour during a CBS Sports special, Sir Nick Takes Off The Armor, which aired on Saturday, May 18.

Hosts include sportscaster for NBC Sports, Michele Tafoya, and former NFL players Matt Birk and Ben Leber. The celebrity guest list features current players, legendary sports figures and popular personalities, including: Bobby Bell, Devan Dubnyk, Everson Griffen, Derek Falvey, P.J. Fleck, Tim Herron, Kent Hrbek, Joe Mauer, Mike Max, Randall McDaniel, Paul Molitor, Lou Nanne, Mark Rosen, Kyle Rudolph, Ron Schara, Adam Thielen and Jason and Carly Zucker.

Since it was founded in 1992, The Taste of the NFL events, which includes both dinners hosted by NFL teams in their home cities, as well as the big event in conjunction with the Super Bowl, has provided 220 million meals to those in need. Kostroski has extended the culinary brand to professional hockey as well.

For more information on Taste Fore The Tour, visit TasteForeTheTour.com.

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