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Tackling Taste Buds: A Culinary Touchdown at Gridiron Grill-Off

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From Touchdowns to Tastebuds, Gridiron Grill-Off’s Milestone Event Scores Big in Food, Fun and Charity.

November 9th, 2019

The 10th-anniversary celebration of John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival at The Pompano Beach Amphitheater on Saturday, November 9th, was a delightful culinary and charitable event that showcased the best of South Florida. The festival, created by former Miami Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl, brought together a stellar lineup of former Dolphin legends and some of the region’s top chefs.

The primary focus of the event was not only to celebrate a decade of this fantastic festival but also to support a noble cause. The Gridiron Grill-Off benefits Offerdahl’s Hand Off Foundation, which aims to address the needs of those in crisis. This philanthropic mission was at the heart of the event, making it more than just a food and wine festival.

The entertainment for the evening featured country sensation Brett Young, adding a musical touch to the celebration. The fusion of culinary excellence, sports legends, and live music created a dynamic and engaging atmosphere for attendees.

A unique aspect of the festival was the pairing of 22 high-end restaurants with 22 Miami Dolphin legends. This collaboration resulted in a diverse and exquisite range of culinary offerings, including tacos, grilled cheese, burgers, steak, sushi, octopus, and chicken. The variety of selections showcased the culinary prowess of the participating chefs and provided a delightful experience for food enthusiasts.

Despite lousy rainy weather, the mood at the festival remained pleasant and vibrant. Attendees embraced the spirit of the event, enjoying four hours of exceptional food and wine offerings. The inclusion of a cornhole tournament added an extra layer of entertainment and engagement for the attendees.

What sets the Gridiron Grill-Off apart is its commitment to giving back to the community. With 100% of the net proceeds benefiting Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation, the festival is not just a celebration of food and wine but also a significant contributor to a meaningful cause. The mission to “Feed the Need of Those in Crisis” is commendable, and the festival’s partnership with various organizations reflects a collaborative effort to make a positive impact on the community.

John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food and Wine Festival’s 10th-anniversary celebration was a remarkable success. It seamlessly combined culinary excellence, sports nostalgia, live entertainment, and a philanthropic mission. Despite the challenges posed by the weather, the festival remained an uplifting and enjoyable experience, leaving attendees with not only a satisfied palate but also a sense of contributing to a worthy cause.

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  • Fans get to Q&A players as Louis Oliver looks on

  • Terry Kirby mingles with fans

  • AND Fish Kitchen + Bar in the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa with Terry Kircby and Chef Eric Kaszubinski

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  • Mercury Morris and Jim Kiik

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  • Oceans 234 with Shawn Wooden and Chef William Middleton

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