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The Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival will heat up South Florida next weekend

with former NFL star John Offerdahl's signature event that pairs celebrity chefs with Miami Dolphin legends. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

The Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival returns to South Florida with a weekend-long celebration of food and football. The can’t miss event of the weekend will be former NFL star John Offerdahl’s Grand Grill-Off on Nov. 10 when celebrity chefs will be paired with Miami Dolphins legends to tackle the grill and create tasty treats for guests to enjoy.

“The event has experienced tremendous success over the years, continuing to surpass our expectations,” says Offerdahl, founder of the event and former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker. “This year, we have really turned up the heat, adding new entertainment leading up to the grand event and other fun surprises. This will no doubt be our biggest and best event yet.”

Gridiron Grill Off 3Making its return to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater on Nov. 9, the Walgreens Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival presented by UHealth Clinic at Walgreens will include three nights of live concerts, an all-new family-friendly BBQ Pit Masters Competition and a variety of cornhole games and tournaments.

The festival officially kicks off on Friday, Nov. 9 with a live performance from Grammy award-winning artist Vince Gill as part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Gridiron Grill-Off Concert Series powered by the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB’s Underground Music in partnership with AEG Presents. The event will also feature acclaimed rock bands Sister Hazel and Barenaked Ladies, both performing on Saturday, Nov. 10, and chart-topping rock group Daughtry will wrap up the weekend with a performance on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Gridiron Grill-Off’s all-new BBQ Pit Masters competition will begin at noon on Nov. 10, showcasing more than 40 pit masters competing to win the grand champion trophy and more than $10,000 in cash prizes. The interactive competition will offer attendees the chance to sample a variety of recipes fresh off the grill and vote for their favorites.

Grand Grill-Off

The signature event on Nov. 10, Grand Grill-Off, pairs celebrity chefs from South Florida’s finest restaurants with Miami Dolphins legends. This year’s event will be complemented by several new additions including sponsor activations, beverage components, live entertainment, a refreshed silent auction and more.

Grand Grill-Off Chef/Athlete Teams include:

Aprons Cooking School

Chef: Rey De La Osa

Athlete: Mark Duper

Bamboo Beach Club & Tiki Bar

Chef: TBD

Athlete: Rob Konrad

Beach House Pompano

Chef: Rick Schwager

Athlete: Jim Jensen

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Chef: TBD

Athlete: Larry Little

Grille 401

Chef: Sergio Rivera

Athlete: Ed Newman

Gridiron Grill Off 2Ilios

Chef: Nicole Rhone

Athlete: Mark Clayton

FTL Marriott Pompano

Chef: Eric Kaszubinski

Athlete: Terry Kirby

Matchbox Vintage Pizza

Chef: Santos Guevara

Athlete: Jeff Gross

Max’s Grille

Chef: Hector Cintron

Athlete: Tony Nathan

Naked Taco

Chef: Ralf Pagano

Athlete: Mark Higgs

Oceans 234

Chef: William Middleton

Athlete: Shawn Wooden

Pelican Landing

Chef: Greg McGowan

Athlete: Troy Stradford

Shula’s Restaurants

Chef: Chris Perrino

Athlete: Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick

Sky Thai Sushi

Chef: Khruawan Russmetes

Athlete: Lorenzo Hampton


Chef: Jorlian Rivera

Athlete: Channing Crowder

The Biltmore

Chef: David Hackett

Athlete: Louis Oliver

The Foundry

Chef: Mark Heigl

Athlete: Jon Giesler

The Grill at Calvary

Chef: Kenny Veslor

Athlete: Don McNeal

Tickets are now on sale at Tickets to the Grand Grill-Off are $85 per person for general admission and $125 per person for VIP. Follow the even on Facebook at or Instagram at @gridirongrilloff and Twitter at @GridironGriller for real-time participant additions and announcements.

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