By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — She’s an award-winning chef who owns a popular restaurant in Fells Point.  She’s also a huge Ravens fan. While her team won’t be at the Super Bowl, she will be.

As Ron Matz reports, she goes to the big game every year to help those in need.

Nancy Longo is in the kitchen, and scallops are on the menu.  At her popular restaurant, Pierpoint, you know the meal will be delicious.

She goes to the Super Bowl every year, representing her beloved Ravens, part of the “Taste of the NFL.”

“‘Taste of the NFL’ is a wonderful event.  It’s a fraternity of chefs who enjoy raising money for the food banks and the underprivileged in this country. We really do have a wonderful weekend and we’re like a big family,” said Longo.

This year she’s taking the Edgar Allan Poe bird house.  There’s Ray Lewis and Johnny Unitas, and a good luck voodoo doll.

“It’s a monument that tells the story about our team, the Ravens, and about a person who lived in Baltimore.  We thought it would be nice to show these folks how we feel about Poe and the Poe House.  It has Poe on the top and little vignettes of Baltimore,” said Longo.

Longo raises money for the Maryland Food Bank year-round through the Kick Hunger Challenge.

“Each city has a booth and we serve food to the folks who come to the Super Bowl.  We also auction off items from our players and that money goes to the Maryland Food Bank. In the off-season, we also raise money through the Kick Hunger Challenge.  We get donors to donate small sums of money and all of that money is matched by General Mills and goes to that city’s food bank. It’s a lot of money raised.  It’s just great,” said Longo.

This is Longo’s 16th trip to the Super Bowl.  She’ll take the pride of Charm City with her.

“We want to go and show these people we still have some pride.  Baltimore fell short, but we won our division and we’ve done some great stuff. And the best way to do that is to go there and give them a good slice of Baltimore. So we’re going to go make some crab cakes as usual, and feed the folks in Indianapolis and all the folks coming this year and have a good time,” said Longo.

Baltimore is currently running second to Atlanta in the Kick Hunger Challenge.  If you’d like to make a donation, click here.


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