Cooking With the Tampa Bay Lightning for a Good Cause

Posted on Mar 14th 2018 by David Pizzo

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If you’ve ever watched the Tampa Bay Lightning play, you know what it feels like the moment the players rush onto the ice for the first time. The Tesla coil buzzes overhead, and tens of thousands of fans roar with excitement. It makes me feel alive to be part of that experience—to be connected to other people toward a common goal of cheering our team on to victory.

In the same way that sports bring people together, so does sharing a meal. Good food comforts, sustains and nourishes. Some of my fondest memories involve sharing a meal with my friends and family. I remember as a young man how lucky I felt when a lovely young woman made me a home cooked meal featuring fettuccini alfredo during one of our first dates—and after 31 years of marriage to her it’s still one of my favorite meals.

I also treasure the fellowship my wife and I shared with our son and daughter as well as their teammates after big wins in travel soccer, baseball and football games. And, I’m sure many of you share memories similar to mine of family and friends from near and far gathered together to celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.

But it’s hard to make those memories when you’re not even sure where you’ll get your next meal, and that is the unfortunate reality for nearly 700,000 of our Tampa Bay neighbors. That’s why Florida Blue partnered with the Tampa Bay Lightning to support Feeding Tampa Bay with Bolts Blue Flame: Cooking with the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s one way we’re fulfilling our mission to help our friends and neighbors achieve better health every day.

We hope you’ll join us in helping put an end to hunger in Tampa Bay and across Florida by purchasing a copy of Bolts Blue Flame for $19.99, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Feeding Tampa Bay. You can also pick up a copy of the cookbook in person at the Tampay Bay Sports Stores in AMALIE Arena, the Tampa Bay Sports Store located at International Plaza and Bay Street or at the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse on Transport Drive. 

No one should go hungry, and when every person across the state of Florida can put food on the table, it makes our communities stronger and healthier.


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David Pizzo

David Pizzo is Florida Blue’s Market President for West Florida. He is responsible for operations and local engagement in 14 counties ranging from Pasco and Hernando counties to Tampa Bay to Southwest Florida. Throughout his career, he has actively supported education including serving on the University of South Florida President’s Council Society and Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, St. Leo University College of Business Advisory Board; USF Muma College of Business Advisory Board and Eckerd College President’s Associates. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Business Administration in marketing and international business from NYU’s Stern Business School. 

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