Miami Dolphin football fans from across South Florida rallied and gave an entire new meaning to tailgating at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater for the 2014 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine, & Tailgate Festival! This is an event where celebrities, competition, and charity collided. The entire event’s proceeds went to benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation that focuses on feeding the needs of kids in crisis. The Hand-Off Foundation’s beneficiaries for 2014 included 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Miami Dolphins Foundation, and the Taste of the NFL.
Chef Allen’s VIP Culinary Exhibition kicked off the festival, which informed audience members on techniques, specialty dishes, and sustainable seafood. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey® Tailgate Zone offered an array of drinks that only Jack Daniel’s does best all day long. When the festival gates opened, it was game on! Attendees joined 25 Miami Dolphins legends as they teamed up with South Florida’s best chefs for their vote to win the People’s Choice Award.
As event-goers huddled around the chefs and players, they all had the opportunity to meet and greet some of the most popular faces from on-the-field to inside the kitchens of some of South Florida’s finest restaurants. The Toyota Cornhole Stadium also had fun and games for everyone to include live performances by local band favorites.
With so many divine dishes, only one team was able to walk away with the Judge’s Choice or People’s Choice Award. So without further ado, the winner of the 2014 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row, went to, Chef Victor Franco of Oceans 234 and Glenn Blackwood who served up mouth-watering Blackwood’s Espresso & Chocolate Crusted Filet Mignon. The Judge’s Choice award went to chef Chris Miracolo of S3 Restaurant and Channing Crowder who served up lip smacking Crowder’s Fish Taco’s. Last but not least, the Cornhole Champions are chef Anthony Fiorini of 13 American Table, Shawn Wooden, and media talent Andy Preston from Gator 98.7.
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