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Nov 9, 2013 1:00pm - 9:00pm

 Twenty-five Miami Dolphins legends were paired with top South Florida chefs September 10 during an NFL-style draft and official kick-off celebration for “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival” at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. These dynamic duos will face off in the fourth annual culinary competition for charity on Sat., Nov. 9 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 N.E. 6th Street, Pompano Beach. 

“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.”

Each team will be tasked with creating one fine-dining, grilled signature dish that will be sampled by event guests and judges during the Grand Grill-Off.  One pair will be recognized with the People’s Choice Award, while one team will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges to receive the coveted Critic’s Choice Award.  It will be a food lover’s event with past menu items such as #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.

“This event is one-of-a-kind, giving me the chance to reconnect with some of my former teammates for a fun competition, while helping give back to the community,” said Troy Stradford, former Miami Dolphin and winner of the 2012 Grand Grill-Off.  “As the reigning champ, I am ready to get back on the grill and bring home another trophy.”

Adding to the excitement, South Florida’s first-ever EGGfest presented by Smithfield Foodservice 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 cornhole and bean bag 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 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring national country music artist Lee Brice.

Tickets for the Grand Grill-Off are $75 each (age 21+), EGGfest tickets cost $25 each, concert tickets will start at $20 each and the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Tailgate Zone is free and open to the public.  All event net proceeds from this culinary showdown 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. For tickets and information, visit www.gridirongrilloff.com

This tribute to football, food and charity is sponsored by Broward Health and in part by Walgreens.  Other great sponsors contributing to the success of this event include Allegiance Crane & Equipment, Allied Kitchen & Bath, Auto Nation Foundation, Beasley Broadcast Stations, Blue Rhino, Bud Light, CBS Outdoor, Cheney Brother's, City of Pompano, Clear Channel, Coca-Cola, Comcast Spotlight, Culinary Concepts, Fine Design Awards, Gold Coast Magazine, Guy Harvey, Helen & Festus Stacy Foundation, Impact Imagery Group, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Kendall-Jackson, Ken's Salad Dressing, Lifestyle Magazine, Marriott Pompano Beach, The Miami Dolphins Foundation, Miami Herald, National Christian Foundation of South Florida, Ocean Spray, The Orange Bowl, Premier Beverage Co., ReachFM, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Smithfield Food Service, Snyder-Lance, SocialBuzzTV.com, Southeast Toyota Dealers, Sunshine Cleaning, Sun-Sentinel, Sweet Street Desserts, Templeton & Company, Three Olives Vodka, Two B Printing, Unique Rabbit Studios, USA Parking System, The Wasie Foundation, Zion Lutheran Church and School and Zmotion.

About John Offerdahl

Five-time All-Pro Miami Dolphins Linebacker John Offerdahl created the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival in 2010 to integrate his love for grilling and football with his passion for helping kids in crisis. For more than a decade, John has operated the ever-popular Offerdahl’s Café Grill, a quick-casual restaurant specializing in fresh-baked baguettes, bagels and pastries alongside soups, sandwiches and just-grilled steak, shrimp, salmon complemented by fresh vegetables and appetizing side dishes.  John and his wife give back to the community through the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation, which supports various local charitable organizations, including 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

About Broward Health®

Broward Health®, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health encompasses more than 30 healthcare facilities including Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children's Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Servicesand Broward Health Physician Group.



John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival

Legend / Chef Teams


Miami Dolphins Legends


Restaurant Chefs


Dick Anderson (’68-’77)

DB #40


Chefs Peter Boulukus

Glenn Blackwood (’79-’87)

S #47

Oceans 234

Chef Victor Franco

Jeff Cross (’88-’96)

DL #91



AJ Duhe (’77-’84)

LB #77

Bongos Cuban Café

Mark Duper (’82-’92)

WR #85




Roy Foster (’82-’90)

G #61

The Royal Pig

Chef Stanton Bundy

Mark Higgs (’90-’94)

RB #21

Mai-Kai Restaurant

Chef Michael Wei Maio

Jim “Crash” Jensen (’81-’92)

QB / WR / RB #11

Ilios Restaurant

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Chef Sean McDonald

Bob Kuenchenberg (’70-’84)

OL #67

da Campo Osteria
Il Lugano Hotel

Chef Steven Acosta

Larry Little (’69-’80)

OL #66

Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill

Chef Michael Costello

Sam Madison (’97-’05)

DB #29

McCoy’s Oceanfront

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Chef Frances Deskin

Don McNeal (’80-’89)

CB #28

The Grill

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

Chef Kenny Velzer

Nat Moore (’74-’86)

WR #89

Hollywood Prime

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

Chef Anthony DiCillos

Eugene “Mercury” Morris (’69-’75)

RB #22

Darrel & Oliver’s Café Maxx

Chefs Oliver Saucy

Tony Nathan (’79-’87)

RB #22

The Grateful Palate Restaurant & Wine Bar

Chef Hector Lopez

Ed Newman (’73-’84)

G #64

THASOS Greek Taverna

Chef Brian Cantrell

Louis Oliver (’89-’93)

S #25

2012 “People’s Choice Champions”

Palme d’Or / Fontana / Cascades

The Biltmore

Chef David Hackett

2012 “People’s Choice Champions”

Joe Rose (’80-‘85)

TE #80

Casa D’Angelo

Chef Angelo Elia

Dave Shula (’82-’88)

Wins - #347

Shula’s on the Beach

The Westin Beach Resort & Spa Fort Lauderdale

Chef Jonathan Torres

Keith Sims (’90-’97)

G #69

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

Chef David “Ray” Roach

Troy Stradford (’87-’90)

RB #23

2012 “Critic’s Choice Champions”


Pelican Landing

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Chef Greg McGowan

2012 “Critic’s Choice Champions”

Dwight Stephenson (’80-’87)

C #57

The G

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

Chef Brandon Jones

Patrick Surtain (’98-’04)

CB #23



Zach Thomas (’96-’07)

LB # 54

Valentino Cucina Italiana

Chef Giovanni Rocchio

Shawn Wooden (’96-’99)

S #22

Market 17 Farm Fresh Restaurant and Bar

Chef Lauren DeShields


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