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February 3, 2010

Congratulations to Wayne Kostrowski of Cuisine Concepts for being named the recipient of the Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work with Taste of the NFL and the more than $9 million dollars contributed since its inception to national foodbanks.

In a past life, I was privileged to work with Wayne as Taste of the Nation grew in size and prominence here in the Twin Cities. From those roots came Wayne’s inspiration to create the very first Taste of the NFL during the 1992 Superbowl held here in Minneapolis. As Operations Co-Chair of that inaugural event, I was so proud of the chefs , players, and hundreds of volunteers that worked to develop and support that event as the NFL came, judged, and found the concept worthy of being integrated into NFL Superbowl activities on an annual basis. And as they say, the rest is history.

Under Wayne’s guidance, I learned the importance of those that make our living in the hospitality world to give back to those less fortunate and how little separates us from those in need of help. But equally important, I learned the satisfaction gained through volunteerism and social responsibility as we “give back” where we can.

Wayne has continued to work tirelessly thrugh the Taste of NFL for the cause it supports. And for this, he has earned the well-deserved recognition he has been given from the James Beard Foundation.