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Volume 23 No. 9
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Power Players: Mark Haugen and Wayne Kostroski

Cuisine Concepts

Kostroski and Haugen’s annual Taste of the NFL, a pre-Super Bowl event featuring top chefs from each NFL city, has raised more than $25 million for hunger relief-related organizations in the 30 NFL cities. The inaugural event that was held in an office tower lobby in 1992 is now replicated — sometimes by Kostroski and Haugen and sometimes by others — at every major sporting event. The pair’s vision also has had an unexpected bonus. “A lot of the chefs we work with are now getting involved year-round with the teams in their own cities,” Haugen said.