• Lynn Hoffman



With Super Bowl just weeks away, South Florida chefs are gearing up for the big weekend and only a select few have been invited to join 32 top chefs from across the country at the annual Party with a Purpose® – the NFL’s only sanctioned food event held on the eve of Super Bowl LIV. This year’s star-studded fundraising event is being held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida.

As one of the hottest tickets in town and a limited number of tickets available, some of the chefs will be offering a special sneak peek at what they are serving at this national event or created a new dish in the spirit of continuing to raise funds for the Kick Hunger Challenge the nationwide fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL. All proceeds from local south Florida restaurants Kick Hunger Challenge efforts will directly support Feeding South Florida.

“We are thrilled to partner with Taste of the NFL and its participating restaurants to raise awareness about hunger in South Florida, especially with this year’s Super Bowl taking place here in Miami,” said Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida. “This partnership is a great example of how, with the help of our community, Feeding South Florida can continue addressing food insecurity for the more than 706,000 individuals we serve throughout South Florida.”

The team of guest hosts for 2020 includes the legendary Coach Don Shula serving as the National Honorary Chair; Chef Andrew Zimmern – National Culinary Host; Chef Adam Richman – Florida Culinary Host; and Ben Leber as the National Player Host.

Local chefs and Miami Dolphins alumni who are an absolute must see at the event are former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl and James Beard Award winning Chef Allen Susser who are representing the Miami Dolphins; Chef Demetrio Zavala from Shula's Restaurant Group and former Dolphins safety Dick Anderson who are representing Shula’s American Steakhouse and the Dolphins’ Perfect Season; last season’s host committee chef representative Executive Chef Paula DaSilva from The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale and Burlock Coast; 2019 Grid Iron Grill Off Battle winner Chef Brad Phillips from Even Keel Fish & Oyster; and this year’s Kick Hunger Challenge winner Chef Jorge Gutierrez from Lona on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

In addition, The Diplomat Restaurant Group has joined the team with its collection of notable chefs and will be hosting a pop-up tailgate party at this year’s Party with a Purpose®Michael Schulson/Taek Lee (Monkitail);Daniel Siegelman (Point Royal/Counter Point); and Rashaad Abdool (Diplomat Prime).

Local offerings that will continue to raise funds for the Kick Hunger Challenge through Super Bowl weekend include:

Offerdahl’s Off-The-Grill in partnership with Chef Allen Susser

$1 from every Chef Allen’s Sustainable Salmon BLT sold at all six Offerdahl locations will benefit KHC. For every sandwich sold, Offerdahls will match the amount dollar for dollar. On Monday, January 27, 2020 from 12PM – 2PM, John Offerdahl and Chef Allen will be hosting a signing for his new book Green Fig and Lionfish: Sustainable Caribbean at Offerdahl’s Off-The-Grill Fort Lauderdale location at 401 E Las Olas Blvd. https://www.offerdahls.com/


As a special treat for Lona guests, the Mexican Lobster Roll on a bolillo roll with house made guajillo butter is now available for $12 during lunch or dinner service through February 2, 2020. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Feeding South Florida. Lona is located at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Telephone: (954) 245-3069lonarestaurant.com.

Burlock Coast

Taco Tuesday for Charity! On Tuesday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 28th Burlock Coast is featuring their Mojo Marinated Pulled Chicken Tacos with charred corn salsa and fermented pepper sauce that will be offered at Party with a Purpose®. $1 of every Taco Tuesday promo purchased will benefit the Kick Hunger Challenge. Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Telephone: (954) 302-6430; www.burlockcoast.com.

The Diplomat Restaurant Group (DRG)

DRG’s Kick Hunger Challenge Signature Cocktail, Apple Cider Mule with Absolut Juice Apple and Fever Tree Ginger Beer, will be available for a limited time (now until February 1, 2020) at Diplomat Prime, PointRoyal, The Hotel Bar, Monkitail, and Playa restaurants located at The Diplomat Beach Resort. $1 from every DRG Apple Cider Mule sold will be donated to KHC. The Diplomat Beach Resort is located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, FL. Telephone: (954) 602-6000; https://www.diplomatresort.com/

To donate to the Kick Hunger Challenge please visit: www.kickhungerchallenge.com

For more information Party with a Purpose® or to purchase tickets please visit: www.tasteofthenfl.com/

Media Contacts:

Marel Hinners/Gita Shonek/Larry Carrino

Brustman Carrino Public Relations


(305) 573-0658


Since 1992, Taste of the NFL (a 501c3 organization) has rallied the country's top chefs and the NFL's greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. To-date, Taste of the NFL’s programs and events have raised and donated in excess of $26 million to food banks and nonprofit organizations in the 32 NFL cities, resulting in more than 220 million meals for Americans in need (many of them children and seniors), who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. The season-long efforts culminate each year with the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®. Held on the eve of the Super Bowl. The star-studded fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger. Learn more about Taste of the NFL at www.TasteoftheNFL.com.


The Kick Hunger Challenge is an online-only fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL. This friendly “competition” pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the official NFL football season, and through Super Bowl Weekend, fans have the opportunity to support one of the 32 NFL teams and directly impact the donation of thousands of meals to food banks in their team’s community. Learn more about the Kick Hunger Challenge at www.kickhungerchallenge.com.

About The Diplomat Beach Resort

As ‘The Centerpiece of South Florida,’ The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida's most iconic property, boasts 1,000 guestrooms and suites, 8 different culinary destinations, two sun-drenched pools, 26 poolside cabanas – including four designed by the iconic fashion brand, Trina Turk, a deluxe spa and fitness center, and 209,000 square feet of meetings and event space. Additionally, The Diplomat is the largest in hotel convention space in South Florida with the most expansive ballroom south of Orlando. Each dining destination is rooted in strong culinary sensibilities and exudes brand individuality, creating distinct spaces and experiences, from famed Restaurateur and Chef Michael Schulson’s award-winning Monkitail, to Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Point Royal. Located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida, the resort is spread across the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, and within a 10-minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. For reservations please call 1-954-602-6000 or visit www.diplomatresort.com.

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