Football players and veterans


Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Fest: John Offerdahl scores again

Miami Dolphins’ All-Pro linebacker, John Offerdahl, has been busy since he left the field. He’s pairing with some talented area chefs to host his sixth annual “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival” on Nov. 14. This popular event starts at noon (for VIP admission) at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, with 25 chefs (among them Rebel House’s Chef Michael Saperstein of Boca and McCoy’s Oceanfront’s Chef Daniel Gerety) and lots of Miami Dolphins, among them Zach Thomas and Sam Madison. Photos with the athletes, a chance to see celebrity guest Adam Richman (Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” host) and autographs are part of the day’s schedule—as are dishes from the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Tailgate Challenge teams. Tickets start at $85 for general admission, and VIP tickets are $125, which permit early access to the festivities. Proceeds all go to Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation.

A la carte: More Veterans Day specials include Cantina Laredo’s two locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Hallandale, which are offering a complimentary meal to all veterans and active duty military personnel on Nov. 11 during opening hours from noon to 10 p.m. All guests who show a military ID will receive their choice of dish up to $15. Also, Calaveras Cantina, BurgerFi, Coffee Culture Café & Eatery, Tommy Bahama and Bravo! Cucina Italiana are offering specials at Harbourside Place (pictured) on Nov. 11. That’s at the northwest intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Indiantown Road in Jupiter. On Nov. 17, Arturo’s Ristorante (6750 N. Federal Highway, 561/997-7373) will offer an evening of fine cigars, fine wine and Italian food (of course!) to benefit UNICO. Tickets are $125 in advance or $150 at the door.

About the Author

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.