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Taste of the NFL continues 

  The Super Bowl is more than two months away, but the event's signature culinary fundraiser is already in full swing in New Orleans. Each year, the Taste of the NFL gathers chefs to represent each city or region with a NFL franchise for a gala before the game. Proceeds benefit hunger-relief agencies. This year's main event will be on Feb. 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and tickets start at $600.

  In a new twist this year, the Taste of the NFL is hosting a series of smaller dinners and culinary events leading up to the Super Bowl. They've been underway at New Orleans restaurants since September, and a few more are right around the corner.

  Mondo (900 Harrison Ave., 504-224-2633; www.mondoneworleans.-com), chef Susan Spicer's family-style Lakeview restaurant, hosts a benefit dinner Nov. 27, and on Dec. 4 the action moves to Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.-commanderspalace.com). Patois (6078 Laurel St., 504-895-9441; www.patoisnola.com) hosts an Dec. 11 dinner, Cafe Adelaide (300 Poydras St., 504-595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com) is up with a tailgate-style event with food stations on Dec. 18, and the series continues Jan. 8 at Cafe Giovanni (117 Decatur St., 504-529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com). Proceeds from the Taste of the NFL events go directly to the local Second Harvest Food Bank. Find updates and details at www.tasteofthenfl.com/events.

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