Detroit Lions host second annual Taste of the Lions at Ford Field

Posted Mar 24, 2014

Strolling wine and food event to feature Detroit’s top restaurants—tickets are on sale now

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are hosting the second annual Taste of the Lions presented by Ford at Ford Field Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The strolling wine and food event features some of Metro Detroit’s top restaurants and an opportunity to meet the 2014 Detroit Lions players and coaches, including new head coach Jim Caldwell.

General admission ($150) and VIP ($250) tickets are on sale now at Both options include a Taste of the Lions gift bag, commemorative tray and wine glass. 

Local chefs will prepare a signature dish from their restaurants for guests to sample. VIP guests will enjoy a private cocktail reception, featuring Sugar House mixologists, in the Lions locker room and have early access to each of the chef stations. 

Restaurants participating in this year’s event include Forest Grill, The Root, Prime 29 Steakhouse, Sweet & Savory Bake Shop, Billy Sims BBQ, Treat Dreams, Town Tavern and Levy Restaurants.

Taste of the Lions chefs will be led by Joe Nader, executive chef for the Detroit Lions and Levy Restaurants and Brian Polcyn, acclaimed chef and proprietor of Birmingham’s Forest Grill. Nader is active in the community, working closely with Cooking Matters to help educate underserved families and individuals about preparing healthy, nutritious meals on a budget. Polcyn has been representing Detroit at Taste of the NFL for 21 years, including Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey.

This year’s event will include a beer garden and a silent auction. Auction items include ultimate Lions Game Day experiences, Lions memorabilia and luxury suites for upcoming Ford Field concerts.

Players—including QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, RB Reggie Bush and DT Ndamukong Suh—coaches and alumni will be in attendance for meet-and-greet opportunities. Exclusive merchandise for autographs will be available for purchase during the event; outside items will not be permitted.

Taste of the Lions extends the league’s own Taste of the NFL program which began in 1992. The NFL’s annual event, held the night before the Super Bowl in the hosting city, brings together the country’s top chefs to raise funds for local food banks.

Event proceeds benefit Living for the City partner Eastern Market and their community outreach programming. As the regional food hub for metropolitan Detroit, Eastern Market supports the city’s economic and social health. Eastern Market’s collaboration with the Detroit Lions leverages the bounty of regional agriculture to build a healthier Detroit by improving access to fresh food options in underserved areas. 

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The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The team located to Detroit in 1934 and is the National Football League's fifth oldest franchise. The Detroit Lions most recently made the NFL playoffs in 2011, when they finished with a 10-6 record. In addition to professional football, the Detroit Lions have a very visible and active community relations role in the Detroit area. With a focus on health and wellness and community revitalization, the Lions have contributed $7.2 million through philanthropic efforts since 1991. For more information visit


The Taste of the NFL (TNFL) is a 501c3 that exists to raise awareness and dollars for hunger relief organizations involved in tackling hunger in America. The Minneapolis-based organization conducts national and local fundraising events throughout the year to raise money to combat hunger issues facing millions of Americans. To date, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $14 million for this critically important cause. For more information, visit