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11/11/2010

'The Boss' is bringing the cake for Taste of the NFL anniversary at Fort Worth Convention Center

"The Boss" is coming to the Fort Worth Convention Center.

No, not that Boss, but the Cake Boss.

Buddy Valastro, a pastry chef who specializes in cakes and stars on the "Cake Boss" reality show on the TLC network, is designing the cake to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Taste of the NFL, which will be at the Convention Center on Feb. 5.

Taste of the NFL has been one of the signature events associated with the Super Bowl for two decades, with proceeds going to local food banks in the city or region hosting the Super Bowl, as well as national food banks.

Chefs from all 32 NFL franchise cities create a signature dish, which guests sample and wash down with wines provided by the Gallo Winery. Since its inception, Taste of the NFL has distributed more than $10 million to food banks around the country to fight hunger.

CakeBoss BuddyValastro will be at the Convention Center for this year's Taste, which is the night before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

In a press release, he is described as a fourth-generation baker who inherited the family business when he was only 17 and his father died. Carlo's Bakery is in Hoboken, N.J.

Taste of the NFL is from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 5, with tickets priced at $500.

A VIP ticket is $600 and a corporate table seating 10 is $6,000. VIPs and those who purchase tables are admitted at 6 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tasteofthenfl.com.

-- Pete Alfano

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