In The City — 04 October 2019
Gridiron Grill-Off dishes out food, wine, music

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

South Florida foodies will soon be able to enjoy delicious offerings from some of South Florida’s top chefs, along with fine wines, craft beers, specialty cocktails and live entertainment at the 10th Annual Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival on Nov. 9.

Founded in 2010 by Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker John Offerdahl and his wife, Lynn, this annual culinary competition pairs NFL legends with 22 noteworthy, award-winning chefs from local restaurants, including Beach House Pompano, Oceans 234 and Burlock Coast, as well as talent from some of South Florida’s new spots, such as Bar Rita, Steelpan and Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery.

Participating athletes include O.J. McDuffie, Zach Thomas, Mercury Morris, Jim Kiick, Channing Crowder and the Marks Brothers (Mark Duper and Mark Clayton).

There also will be cornhole challenges, and attendees can get in on the action themselves by competing or cheering on their favorites as they attempt to beat Offerdahl’s score in the Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. The event also includes live music.

“This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, bringing fans nationally acclaimed live entertainment, with Brett Young as the featured performer,” says Offerdahl. “Over the past 10 years, the Gridiron Grill-Off has raised more than $500,000 to support our Hand-Off Foundation, a non-profit organization that my wife and I founded with a mission to ‘Feed the Needs of Those in Crisis’ in partnership with business, government, civic and faith-based organizations.”

The Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off takes place 12-4:30 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1806 NE Sixth St. Tickets for the Grill-Off are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP. Concert tickets are separately priced. For information or to purchase tickets, visit


Photo: John Offerdahl (Courtesy)


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