The Gridiron Grill-Off is an annual event that features a showdown-style competition that pits Miami Dolphins legends and celebrity chefs from South Florida’s finest restaurants against one another. Fans and foodies can spend the afternoon eating and sampling fine wines and signatures dishes, while voting on their favorite grill recipes.
This year, the Pompano Beach-based event promises to be better than ever with first-time restaurant appearances, a never-before-seen craft beer tent, an expanded Guy Harvey-themed sustainable seafood village, and a special appearance by the Food Network's Man v. Food's Adam Richman, the event's official celebrity guest.
"We're really fired up to deliver some new and exciting elements to this year's Gridiron Grill-Off," said John Offerdahl, event founder and former Miami Dolphins linebacker. "This festival has become a culinary tradition here in South Florida, and each year we take great pride in making it the best it can be to help support the South Florida community."
In years past the culinary event has attracted some of the area's best restaurants and chefs. This year will be no different, adds Offerdahl. New restaurants that have signed on to compete in this year's event include The Oceanaire Seafood Room and Naked Taco of Miami; Rebel House in Boca Raton; and Piccolo Ristorante and Beauty and the Feast in Fort Lauderdale.
In addition, former defensive lineman and Miami Dolphin honor roll inductee, Bob Baumhower, will participate with his new restaurant venture, Dauphin’s, coming all the way from Mobile, Alabama.
Another new feature: the Samuel Adams Craft Beer Garden, sponsored by the Boston Beer Company. For the first time since its launch, Gridiron Grill-Off attendees will be able to sample a number of special edition Samuel Adams brews, as well as additional craft beers including Vermont's Traveler Beer Company and Miami-based Concrete Beach Brewery.
The Guy Harvey’s sustainable seafood village is back — but this year with expanded coverage to include an educational and interactive exhibition. A unique twist to this feature is the inclusion of the Alabama Marine Resources Division, which will provide information about sustainable seafood practices used in the Alabama Gulf’s seafood industry. Food lovers, fear not: there will also be an array of seafood-style offerings from 25 participating restaurants.
We're most excited to see special guest Adam Richman — author, actor, and television personality from the Travel Channel, as well as NBC’s food competition show Food Fighters. He'll be in attendance to sign copies of his new book, “Straight Up Tasty," released this June. Richman will also be cooking a recipe from his cookbook alongside Offerdahl at 4 p.m. at the Toyota Cornhole Stadium and main festival stage.
Looking for another reason to attend? There's a good cause angel, as well: 100 percent of the proceeds from the Gridiron Grill-Off will benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation and its mission to "feed the needs of kids in crisis." Charitable recipients include 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, Miami Dolphins Foundation, and Taste of the NFL.
The John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater located at 1806 NE 6 Street, Pompano Beach. Tickets are $85 per person, and give attendees 21 and older the opportunity to sample signature dishes created by Miami Dolphins legends and top local chefs. A $125 VIP ticket package includes a signed copy of Richman’s book, as well as early access starting at noon to the Grand Grill-Off. Visit gridirongrilloff.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.