Last weekend's Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party offered up celebrity, entertainment and gourmet eats in a surprisingly badass setting at the Glass Cactus. And while my focus tends to be on cuisine at these sort of events, I'd like to tell you about the stuff that really matters: the event's impact on the cause of hunger, through its support for the North Texas Food Bank. OK, with a few choice details and food photos peppered throughout, just for fun.
15 the number of chef stations at the event
1 in 4 the number of children in the state of Texas who are at risk of hunger
47 million the number of meals provided by the NTFB in its first 30 years
97 the approximate number of single women who sighed audibly when Dallas star and friend of the NTFB Jesse Metcalf mentioned his girlfriend in the first four words of his speech
100 the percentage of dollars raised at the event that went directly to the North Texas Food Bank
10 million the approximate number of dollars raised for hunger relief since the annual Taste of the NFL's inception in Minneapolis 1993
6,500 number of dollars in the winning bid for a five-course tasting for 10 hosted at Abacus by event host chef Kent Rathbun featuring special guest DeMarcus Ware and a limo ride
7:05 time at which Dallas wedding band Emerald City got the party going
94 the number on Cowboy and NTFB supporter DeMarcus Ware's jersey
97 the number on Cowboy and NTFB supporter Jason Hatcher's jersey
$100 donations needed to feed a single hungry child for an entire school semester
28 the number of corporate sponsors of Sunday's Taste of the NFL event
6 the number of celebrity hosts: DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Kent Rathbun, Preston Pearson, Chad Hennings and Daryl Johnston
$231,095 the total amount raised at this year's Taste of the NFL event
693,285 the number of meals that will be provided by the money raised
$1 the amount of money it costs to buy three meals for hungry North Texans
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