Thursday, November 19, 2009

They Can Hit, But Can They Cook?

We all know that pro football players can deliver wince-inducing hits on their opponents. But can they deliver winning dishes?

Baltimore-area football fans will find out on Monday, November 23 when the ESPN Zone hosts the inaugural Ravens Cook-Off at 6:30 PM.

Ravens tackle Jared Gaither, tight end Edgar Jones and linebacker Prescott Burgess will compete in a 30-minute cook-off. Dishes will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity with the winning dish being added to the restaurant's menu for the remainder of the football season.

Savvy THG readers might remember that the ESPN Zone hosted a similar event this summer featuring members of the Baltimore Orioles. The Ravens might want to look up former Orioles catcher Gregg Zaun who won that event with his chicken enchiladas recipe.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, fans are invited to bring canned food and other non-perishable food items to the event. All donations will benefit the Maryland Food Bank. The Ravens Cook-Off is free and open to the public.

Come on out and cheer on your Ravens!

When: Monday, November 23
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Where: ESPN Zone, 601 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

UPDATE: Defensive tackle Brandon McKinney ended up taking the place of Prescott Burgess and won the competition thanks to his Caribbean Chicken with Mango Salsa. According to Sun food columnist Rob Kasper's report, the players didn't so much cook their dishes as they followed instructions and assembled them.

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