If you want to catch Peyton Manning leading an orchestra—which is a rare occurance, as you can probably guess—the only place to do that will be at the Taste of the Broncos event at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on June 16.
Manning, along with Von Miller and other Broncos, will be conducting the Colorado Symphony playing the players' collegiate fight song.
"I haven't used my conducting skills in quite some time. The last time was in 1997 as a senior at the University of Tennessee. I had a couple opportunities to conduct the band, a very humbling moment for me, I have to admit, because I felt like I had it in rhythm and I was actually doing something. I look down and I see the conductor right below me the entire time, actually conducting the band. So it brought me down to earth but I'm looking forward to it," Manning said of the event.
Of course, there's much more to the event as top chefs from Denver restaurants show off what makes each of their cuisine so unique.
"Where else can you get 30 of the best chefs in one area with the best football team in America?" said chef Troy Gaurd of the TAG Restaurant Group. "And not only that, you've got the Colorado Symphony. It's right at Sports Authority Field and it's for a good cause, the Food Bank of the Rockies."
Proceeds from the event will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies, one of the Broncos' flagship community partners. For every dollar going to the food bank, four meals are provided to those in need.
The event is modeled after the NFL's own Taste of the NFL: Party with a Purpose event, which supplied 6 million meals to people in need this past year. However, this is the first time an event like this has been brought to Denver, showcasing some of the top cooking talent in Colorado.
"What makes the event different is we're getting some of the top restaurants in the city, top chefs and I've really told them to bring something that represents them and their restaurant so we're not just doing a brisket slider or something real simple," Guard added. "We're doing octopus, bison, rabbit so we're doing some really cool stuff and while still representing our restaurants and putting forth kind of more of an upscale tailgate party."
Like a bit of an upscale tailgating experience that features some of the best food from the area—coordinated so that restaurants don't overlap on their dishes—Taste of the Broncos offers the best for fans who want exquisite dining, outstanding music and entertainment, and, of course, football.
"I think it's going to be super exciting," Guard said. "Everybody likes to cook or likes to learn from someone else but I think the Broncos being a part of it and kind of being side-by-side with one of the chefs is pretty exciting for everyone, the chefs and the players."