John Offerdahl’s ‘Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off’ pits former athletes against top chefs
Twenty-five Miami Dolphins legends will team up with top South Florida chefs for John Offerdahl’s “Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival” Nov. 9, from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. 6th St., Pompano Beach.
The Grand Grill-Off ticket will allow attendees 21 and older to watch celebrity teams create winning signature dishes. It will be a food lover’s event; past menu items included #69 Sims’ BBQ Swordfish, #25 Oliver’s sea scallops wrapped with prosciutto and New York strip steak, #85 “Super Duper’s” skirt steak, #23 Stradford’s pork belly lettuce wraps, #40 Anderson’s grilled lobster roll and #91 Cross’s mahi mahi tacos, to be paired with a selection of Kendall-Jackson wines.
Guests will sample similar dishes, plus look on as former Miami Dolphin Troy Stradford teams up with Chef Greg McGowan of Pelican Landing at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six to defend their title as winners of last year’s competition. Other favorite Dolphins legends include Zach Thomas and Joe Rose. Popular restaurants include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palme d’Or at The Biltmore.
Event proceeds will benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation, which directs funds to agencies that “feed the needs of kids in crisis” including 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
“I am absolutely overwhelmed with the caliber of talented athletes and chefs signed on to participate in this year’s competition,” said Offerdahl, event founder and former Miami Dolphins all-pro linebacker. “It has been four years since I created this unique charitable event to help feed the needs of kids in crisis, and I continue to appreciate the unwavering support of the local community.”
Adding to the excitement will be South Florida’s first “EGGfest” presented by Smithfield Foodservice. It will feature Big Green Egg enthusiasts from across the country, looking to show off their skills on the iconic outdoor grill. A $25 admission fee gives “EGGfest” attendees the chance to enjoy food samples, plus all of the other great fun and entertainment as part of the Tailgate Zone.
Others will enjoy the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Tailgate Zone, which will engage football fans with a spirited corn hole and beanbag competition. Guests of this free admission part of the event can view current University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Miami football games at the Budweiser Build-a-Bar.
The day’s festivities will culminate in a live concert, featuring four-time Academy of Country Music nominee Lee Brice, performing his latest single “Parking Lot Party” among other popular hits, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Prices start at $20 each, and can be purchased as part of a combo with the Grand Grill-Off ticket for $89.
Tickets for the “Grand Grill-Off” are $75 each (age 21+), “EGGfest” tickets cost $25 each and the “Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Tailgate Zone” is free and open to the public.
For tickets and more information, visit www.gridirongrilloff.com.