New Jersey firefighters are smoking at The Fairway Firefighters Food Face-off

Not only does The Garden State produce great tomatoes, they produce some of the finest firefighters.  And sometimes besides putting out fires these guys and gals are great cooks.

On August 18, some of these great folk gathered in the parking lot of the Paramus Fairway, leaving behind their firefighting equipment to gather up their BBQ utensils for the Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off. It was a total smack-down between the volunteers of Park Ridge, River Edge and Elmwood Park.

The weather was grand,  BBQ pits were smoking, music playing as the teams made burgers, chicken and ribs that were enjoyed by the crowd. In the end it was the Park Ridge team, led by Firefighter Mark Eisen “Cookie” that won the magnificent trophy, a $500 gift card and a donation from Fairway to the Mary Therese Rose Fund.

A panel of judges including Mel Fabrikant, Editor-in-Chief of the Paramus Post, Susan Sherrill, Food editor of 201 magazine and Fairway’s own Master Butcher, Ray Venezia, determined the winner. All participants received a $100 gift card from Fairway to shop for supplies for their firehouses

Fairway has a long tradition of supporting firefighters. After September 11, 2001 Fairway supplied food throughout the search and cleanup process. Fairway also supports the FDNY Foundation.

Now to the wine. What good is BBQ or grilling without wine you ask? A prized BBQ always deserves a great wine perfect for BBQ ( at least I think so!)  My pick is Qupe Syrah 2007, a classic Syrah for under $20 and a great value. Now if your into Australian wines, Mollydooker makes an excellent Shiraz, The Boxer, able to withstand any firefighter’s secret BBQ sauce.  A little bit of info: Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape varietals. Americans call it Syrah and well the Aussies, they call it Shiraz. All the same. Good wine for good clean BBQ fun.

Congrats Park Ridge

-Cheers! -Adrienne

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  1. Thanks! Always looking for some wines that can handle spice and heat!!

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