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Gridiron-Grill-Off features top restaurants and Miami Dolphin players

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By David Volz

John Offerdahl held the Gridiron Grill-Off in Pompano Beach.

The event brought former Dolphin players, chefs from top restaurants and people who enjoy food and football together for a fun event. There were 27 restaurants represented and each one had their top chef and a former Dolphin football player available. People could sample a favorite entrée from the restaurant. Guests could vote on their favorite restaurant.

There was also a Cornhole Competition and Tournament. The former Dolphin players and people who made donations to participate could play in game that involved tossing bean bags toward a hole. The money raised from the event went toward 4Kids South Florida, an organization that supports orphans in the community and HOPE South Florida which provides help to homeless individuals and families. Other charities also received money from the event.

“This is a great event. We are having fun and supporting charities that help children and the homeless,” said John Offerdahl. He is a former member of the Miami Dolphins.

Keith Sims, a former Dolphin player said, “This is a really good event and I love being a part of it,” said Sims.

Jeff Martin, a radio personality also enjoyed at the event and was glad to have the opportunity to support positive charities in the community.

Lauren DeShields, the chef for Market 17, a restaurant that specializes in naturally produced food said she enjoyed being a part of the event.

Nick DeCarlo, a chef for the Meatball Room said, “This was a good time with good people.”

The event was festive and people had a good time.

John Offerdahl is pictured above in his signature pose.

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The 2014 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival: “Living the Life in Florida!”

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By David Volz

Tammy Zbinden enjoys cooking seafood.

“I can prepare crabs, scallops, steamed lobster, fish, and other seafood delicacies,” said Zbinden. “We just love to cook seafood.”

Zbinden was among about 170 vendors who participated in the 30th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival held near the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier on April 25, 26 and 27. The three day event featured a huge variety of seafood including coconut shrimp, lobster, fish, scallops, paella, and many others offering seafood served grilled, spicy and fried.

William Spellman was serving lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese. “All I do is prepare and sell lobster. This is a fun event,” he said. “This is the fifth year we have been here.”

Lee Waldo was part of the Seafood Festival Beer Team. “We really have a lot of fun at this Festival. It is a great event for Pompano Beach and one that we all look forward to,” said Waldo.

Betty Anthony spent the day selling conch fritters and other treats. “We really like to be a part of this event,” said Anthony.

In addition to food, there were arts and craft vendors. People could purchase jewelry, printed fabrics and other items. There was a small pool where people could try scuba diving and receive a free lesson. Also, there was a play area for children which included a bounce house and games.

Grand Funk Railroad was the top band and they gave a strong performance. Other bands included Iron Butterfly’s Mike Pinera, Blues Image featuring Miami Sound Machine’s Wesley Wright, Blue Fire with Randi, WolfePak Band, The Resolvers, Fleetwoods, Shadow Creek, Valerie Tyson Band and the Andrew Morris Band.

The weather was perfect for an outdoor festival and most of the people who attended had a good time. The theme of the 2014 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, which attracted thousands of people, was “Living the Life in Florida.”  Indeed.

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