Taste of the Lions VIP reception sold out

Posted May 2, 2013

Strolling wine and food event to feature 23 of Detroit’s top culinary artisans and access to Lions players and alumni

DETROIT — VIP Tickets for the inaugural Taste of the Lions at Ford Field Tuesday, May 7, 2013 are SOLD OUT. General admission tickets are available for $150 at Ticketmaster and through May 4, at the Ford Field box office May 6-7 and then on the day of the event at Gate G beginning at 7 p.m.

The strolling wine and food event features 23 of Metro Detroit’s top culinary artisans and an opportunity to meet the 2013 Detroit Lions.

Lions players, coaches and alumni will be in attendance for meet-and-greet and autograph opportunities. Also, for a $100 donation (per person), guests can go “In The Huddle” to meet QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson for photo opportunities and autographs. Exclusive merchandise for autographs will be available for purchase during the event; outside items will not be permitted into the building.

Food and Beverage participants include: Forest Grill, Town Tavern, Bacco, Slows To Go, Andiamo Italia, Cuisine, Levy Restaurants, Root, Rattlesnake Club, Detroit Beer Company, Billy Sims BBQ, Henry’s, Tria, The Sardine Room, Lazy Bones BBQ, Russell Street Deli, 2 Unique, Garden Fresh, Schoolcraft College, Steve & Rocky’s, Sweet & Savory Bake Shop, Treat Dreams, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, EJ Gallo, Atwater Brewery and Sugar House.

Chefs will prepare a signature dish from their restaurant for guests to sample and will suggest a pairing with wines provided by E&J Gallo Winery. VIP guests will enjoy a private cocktail reception, featuring Sugar House mixologists, in the Detroit Lions locker room and have early access to each of the chef stations.

All guests will receive a Taste of the Lions tray, wine glass and Taste bag and enjoy live entertainment from the Jill Jack Band. There will also be a silent auction featuring items such as the ultimate Lions Game Day experiences, Lions memorabilia, luxury suites for upcoming Ford Field concerts, and an exclusive winery trip to northern California, provided by E&J Gallo Winery.

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.

Taste of the Lions chefs will be led by Brian Polcyn, acclaimed chef and proprietor of Birmingham’s Forest Grill, who has been representing Detroit at Taste of the NFL for 20 years, including Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Chef Polcyn is a professor of culinary arts at Schoolcraft College and his award-winning restaurants and cooking have led him to become a staple in many communities and restaurants around Metro Detroit.

Proceeds from this event benefit Living for the City partner Eastern Market and their fight against Detroit’s food access crisis. As the regional food hub for metropolitan Detroit area, Eastern Market supports the economic and social health of our city.   Eastern Market’s collaboration with the Detroit Lions leverage the bounty of regional agriculture to build a healthier Detroit by improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables 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 are 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 $6.2 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 and is looking forward to its 2013 event on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. For more information, visit