Three lucky MHS students will be so close to the Super Bowl, they will almost taste it. Okay, they will taste it. Chase Taylor, Jordan Wilson and Matt Kratzert and their culinary leader Chef Carl Stanton will rub elbows with celebrities at the Taste of the NFL, one of the sanctioned events of Super Bowl LIV in Miami this weekend.
On Saturday, Feb. 2 the foursome will head to the event at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. There they will take up their tools of the trade alongside 32 of America’s finest chefs, and 35 current NFL players, Hall of Famers and other legends. The ambassadors are actors Jeff Bridges and Alyssa Milano, and chef Bobby Flay.
“I think you could say we are beyond excited,” said Stanton, or “Chef Flavor” as he’s known. “I’m a little geeked myself. It’s a chance to see some of my heroes.”
Although he’s not sure exactly (at presstime) what the students’ role will be, the Taste of the NFL raises funds and awareness to combat hunger domestically. In 25 years, the organization has raised $25 million. Each year, net proceeds from the Taste of the NFL’s programs and events are donated to designated Feeding America-affiliated food banks in each of the 32 NFL team cities, as well as other hunger relief organizations.
Tickets are $700, available at tasteofthenfl.com. Gulp.
To sample Marathon High School’s culinary students wares closer to home at the Dolphin Bistro on campus, check out one of these events:
Friday, Jan. 31: Panini night from 4 to 8 p.m. Beef and cheddar, “Cubanito,” Southwest chicken sandwiches served with bistro fries. There is black bean soup to start, and glazed sweet treats for dessert. $15.
Friday, Feb. 7: Wing night in various flavors — Buffalo with bleu crumbles; garlic and parmesan; grilled honey jerk, mesquite barbecue, Thai curry with coconut, chili lime; and Old Bay butter. Served with fries and pasta salad. $15.
Friday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day dinner at the bistro from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy three courses — lobster bisque; coq au vin, London broil or pan-seared chicken medallions; and chocolate torte and gelato. $25.
Friday, Feb. 28: Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dolphin Bistro. It’s $10 to compete, and $15 to taste. Sides will be provided. Proceeds benefit the Pro Start Culinary Arts program at MHS.