Football, food and charity collided during the fifth annual “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival”

Celebrity teams comprised of Miami Dolphins legends and critically-acclaimed, South Florida chefs went head-to-head at this year’s “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival.” Nearly 3,000 attendees sampled fine-dining grilled entrees, paired with premium Gallo wines, while raising over $50,000 for Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation.

Football fans and foodies alike sampled delicious dishes prepared by 25 Miami Dolphins legends and top local chefs. This year’s 2014 Judge’s Choice Champions were former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder and Chef Chris Miracolo of S3 Restaurant for their Grilled Cobia Fish Taco recipe. This sustainable seafood dish, which takes the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans into account, was inspired by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and was featured as part of Guy Harvey’s Sustainable Seafood Village.

For the second consecutive year, former Miami Dolphins safety Glenn Blackwood and Chef Victor Franco of Oceans 234 took home the People’s Choice Award for their Espresso and Chocolate Crusted Filet Mignon.

“This year’s competition was better than ever with great food, record attendance and unwavering support from Miami Dolphins legends and top local restaurants in the spirit of giving,” said John Offerdahl, event founder and former Miami Dolphins All-Pro Linebacker. “We want to thank the community for supporting this event each year and joining us to help feed the needs of kids in crisis.”

Channing Crowder and Chris Miracolo of S3 Restaurant won the Judge’s Choice award while Chef Victor Franco of Oceans 234 and Glenn Blackwood took home the People’s Choice award for the second year in a row

Channing Crowder and Chris Miracolo of S3 Restaurant won the Judge’s Choice award while Chef Victor Franco of Oceans 234 and Glenn Blackwood took home the People’s Choice award for the second year in a row

Other teams served up incredible menu items, including Jim “Crash” Jensen’s Chipotle Wagyu Ribs from Grille 401, Shawn Wooden’s Josper Grilled Skirt Steak with Brussels Sprouts from 13 American Table, Louis Oliver’s Graised Ox Tail with Horseradish Panna Cotta from The Biltmore and Zach Thomas’s Salmon Tartare Dip with Guacamole and Margarita Vinaigrette from 15th Street Fisheries.

The event culminated with more lively competition at the Toyota Cornhole Stadium where attendees had the opportunity to join forces with the Dolphins legends, chefs and media personalities in the 2014 Cornhole Tournament. This year’s championship team was comprised of former safety, Shawn Wooden, Chef Anthony Fiorini from 13 American Table, Andy Preston from 97.3 The Gater.

All of the proceeds from this tribute to football, food and charity 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 Educational Foundation, Miami Dolphins Foundation and Taste of the NFL.

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 Cafe Grill, a quick-casual restaurant specializing in just-grilled steak, chicken, salmon & shrimp on salads, sandwiches and entrees topped with John’s signature dressings & sauces. John and his wife, Lynn, give back to the community through Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation.

About Broward Health

Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class healthcare to all. Broward Health includes 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 Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health International, Broward Health Urgent Care and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit

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