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MSU Denver chef, students and recent grads head to New York for Super Bowl benefit

Going to the Super Bowl is a dream for most Denverites -- and the Holy Grail for football fans. But at $2,000 (or much, much more) per ticket, that dream is out of reach for most people. Still, eight students at Metropolitan State University of Denver, two recent graduates and an associate professor are about to grasp that coveted vessel.

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Yesterday, MSU Denver associate professor and chef Jackson Lamb headed to New York with the students and grads to volunteer at the 23rd annual Taste of the NFL benefit.

Okay, so maybe they aren't actually going to the Super Bowl, but they will oversee more than 150 volunteers at two high-profile parties, serving nearly 3,000 guests, including NFL players and celebrity chefs. The food for the parties will be made by forty of the country's top chefs, including Troy Guard of TAG, TAG|RAW BAR, Sugarmill and Los Chingones. Each city with an NFL team will be represented by a chef, and proceeds from the charity event will benefit the Feeding America food bank system; Food Bank of the Rockies is Colorado's beneficiary.

This is Lamb's fourteenth year as the volunteer coordinator. He and his students will be tasked with managing groups of twenty to thirty volunteers in different aspects of event management, tourism and hospitality. "The Taste of the NFL is the most unique experience I could ever ask for," says Sarah Ryan, a junior in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events department at MSU Denver.

The students will play a crucial role at Party with a Purpose on Saturday, February 1, which will be hosted by Ted Allen of the Food Network show chopped, Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods and Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri. They'll also be prepping for a VIP party on Friday, January 31.

Tickets for Party with a Purpose are still available at, if you can fork out $700 for a ticket and more for plane fare. If you can't afford the party, you can still help the cause by donating to the Kick Hunger Challenge: 100 percent of donations to the Denver Broncos team page will go directly to Food Bank of the Rockies. So regardless of the outcome of Sunday's game, you can be on the winning team in the fight against hunger.

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Ben Landreth