7th annual Jets Taste of the NFL

May 3, 2009 5:52:05 AM PDT
The Seventh Annual New York Jets Taste of the NFL benefit is here once again, raising money and awareness in the fight against hunger. Jets running back Leon Washington, cornerback Darrelle Revis and Chef Big Lou with Wildwood Barbecue joined us with a preview. Wildwood Quesadillas with Texas Smoked Brisket

Makes One
2ea - 6 inch flour tortillas
1T butter
4 ounces pulled brisket (you can substitute grilled beef or chicken)
½ ounce sautéed onions
½ ounce sautéed mushrooms
11/2 ounce cheddar cheese sharp
1 ounce chipotle bbq sauce (or substitute your favorite)

Place ½ T butter in sauté pan. Place one tortilla in pan. Mix brisket, onions, mushrooms and bbq sauce together and place on tortilla. Cover with cheese and place 2nd tortilla on top.

Brown on both sides, using additional ½ T butter as needed, and finish in 375F oven for 5-6 min.

Cut in quarters, and garnish with sour cream and cilantro.

For more information on Wildwood BBQ, visit www.brguestrestaurants.com.

Leon Washington Running Back/Kick Returner - In 2008, Washington's 2,332 combined yards set an NFL record and earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance. An electrifying performer, he has displayed his brilliance with 15 offensive touchdowns and four kickoffs returned for touchdowns.

Recorded the longest rush of the 2008 season, when he sealed the Jets victory over the 10-0 Tennessee Titans (11/23) with a 61-yard touchdown run. The run is tied for the third longest touchdown run in Jets History.

Exhibiting the same commitment he displays on the field, Washington is also a dedicated participant in the Jets' community outreach programs. He was a prominent part of the 2008 Project Fit America and for the second year in a row, Washington is a co-spokesmen for the New York Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit to fight hunger.

Darrelle Revis Cornerback -In three years Revis has amassed 150 tackles, eight interceptions and 28 passes defensed while starting in all 32 games of his career. In 2008 he recorded a personal best five interceptions and 15 passes defensed and was voted to the Pro Bowl by both players and coaches.

Revis participated in the 2008 Play 60 Daft Weekend Event encouraging kids to play 60 minutes a day. He also participated in the Jets' United Way Hometown Huddle event and visited an Atlantic Heath hospital.

This is the second year Revis has participated in the Taste of the NFL and his second as a co-spokesmen.

Big Lou Chef - After years of testing recipes on his friends and family, the larger-than-life, primarily self-taught Executive Pit Master "Big Lou" Elrose now proudly presides over the pit of Wildwood Barbeque. The latest addition to B.R. Guest's New York properties, Wildwood Barbeque serves up multi-regional American barbecue in a rustic urban setting.

A former motorcycle cop for the New York City Highway Patrol, the six-foot-four Big Lou was the father of a young family with mouths to feed when his need for quick and satisfying meals motivated the novice chef to teach himself the essentials of cooking. After retiring from the force, Big Lou began parlaying his personal passion for barbecue into a career, gaining expertise through participation in the national competitive circuit alongside pit master pal, Robert Richter and his Big Island Bar-B-Que team. Having established himself as barbecue expert on the national competition scene, the Queens native opened Big Lou's Breakfast & BBQ, a lunch wagon in Ozone Park, before becoming deputy pit master at critically acclaimed Hill Country in New York City.

To prepare for his multi-regional menu --which is centered on his proprietary recipes and signature rubs-- the experimental genius went on a pilgrimage to the best barbecue joints in the country, stockpiling a combination of pit styles from Raleigh to St. Louis. Becoming well-known for American-infused concepts such North Carolina pulled pork, Memphis baby back ribs, Kansas City pork ribs and the like, all slow-smoked at low temperatures, cuts are served with a range of secret sauces such as his Chipotle-Raspberry, cooked up by Big Lou himself without typical flavor shortcuts like Tabasco or liquid smoke.

Bringing the art of barbecue to the table, Big Lou works with the Wildwood Barbeque team to impart the multi-regional barbecue customs with a twist, setting the New York City barbecue scene on fire.


-Top restaurants and players pledge their support at Seventh Annual Taste of the NFL Benefit-

New York, NY (April 6, 2009) - The Jets have hired Rex Ryan this offseason to lead an aggressive game plan on the field - "We're not going to read-and-react, that's for somebody else," said Ryan. "We're going to be attacking from the whistle. We're going to turn the heat up." Off the field, the Jets have adopted the same philosophy, teaming up with A&P for the Seventh Annual New York Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit. The benefit, designed to fight hunger, has raised $835,000 since 2003, looks to surpass the 1 million dollar mark this year.

"A&P is proud to partner with a team dedicated to excellence and helping others. At A&P we also strive to provide the best for our customers and our communities especially in the fight against hunger" stated Rebecca Philbert, SVP, Merchandising and Supply & Logistics, A&P. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 5 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Cipriani's Wall Street. Tickets are $250 and proceeds will benefit the New York Jets Foundation. Special VIP tickets are available in limited quantities for $400. These tickets provide early admission, special access to Jets players and an extra hour of food sampling beginning at 6 p.m.

The benefit is an exciting star-studded culinary event packed with food, wine, fun and football. This year's lineup of players is led by Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis and Leon Washington, while restaurants including NOBU, Tao and Blue Smoke will be present. The event is set up in a "taste-around," style, where party attendees are invited to mingle with past and present Jets football stars and sample delectable dishes of distinguished chefs.

"A&P is the ideal partner for us in our fight against hunger," said Jets EVP, Business Operations Matt Higgins. "This event has earned more than three quarters of a million dollars to fight hunger in our local communities and, with the help of A&P we are looking to go beyond the million dollar mark this year."

About A&P

Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation's first supermarket chains. The Company operates 444 stores in 8 states and the District of Columbia under the following trade names: A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh and Food Basics.

About Taste of the NFL

Taste of the NFL is the Party With a Purpose. The purpose is to raise awareness and dollars in the fight against hunger for thousands of families who struggle every day to simply feed their children. The nation's finest chefs as well as NFL legends, both past and present, volunteer their time along with the best community citizens in dozens of cities, the Super Bowl Host committees and the NFL in support of hunger relief efforts throughout the country and in the host communities. The Jets are the top NFL team in local fundraising for Taste of the NFL, raising $835,000 during the last six events.

About the New York Jets Foundation

The New York Jets take great pride in playing an active role in making a year-round commitment to our community. Programs funded by the New York Jets Foundation touch the lives of countless young men and women in the tri-state area. Over the past nine years, the Jets and their charitable foundation have donated or contributed more than $9 million to promote youth health, fitness and education, particularly in disadvantaged communities. From fighting childhood obesity through the Generation Jets: Be Lean & Green initiative to launching a football team in a Harlem high school, urging students to eat right and move more, and supporting the efforts of the Alliance for Lupus Research, the New York Jets invest in programs that make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to the Jets Foundation, which supports our own extensive youth initiatives, the Jets partner with numerous established charitable organizations and participate in causes sponsored by the NFL.

Contributions to the New York Jets Foundation are deductible for federal income tax purposes to the extent provided by law. For more information about the New York Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit, please visit www.newyorkjets.com/taste or call 1-973-549-4654 to purchase tickets.