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firefighters throwdown winnersNew Jersey’s bravest put down their axes, hoses and ladders and grabbed barbecue tongs, spatulas and basting brushes when they competed in The Fourth Annual Fairway Firefighters Food Face-Off – a grilling “throwdown” that pitted several of Bergen County’s firehouses against one another to prove which one’s barbecue is best in the parking lot behind Fairway Market’s Paramus store in the Fashion Center Mall on Route 17 in North Paramus, NJ on June 15.

In addition to the food, music, giveaways and festivities and in honor of all dads on Father’s Day, professionals from the Hackensack University Medical Center were at the Firefighters Food Face-Off to answer questions and provide valuable health information.

The winning firehouse received bragging rights as the best grillers in Bergen County but also the opportunity to name the charity of its choice to benefit from a Shopping Night to take place after the competition.

The event was a great success! Ridgewood took the win! On Wednesday, July 16, Fairway of Paramus hosted a charity night in honor of the winning team’s charity choice. Ridgewood chose Hackensack University Medical Center’s Tomorrow’s Children Fund as their choice of charity.

Participating firehouses were the Park Ridge Fire Department, Paramus Fire Department, Ridgewood Fire Department, and Hackensack Fire Department. The firefighters met to cook their tastiest ribs, burgers, and chicken cutlets plus a secret ingredient for the burgers that will only be unveiled once the contest has begun. The distinguished judges for the Face-Off are:  Mel Fabrikant of the Paramus Post, Terry Krongold of Jersey Bites, Brandon Goldstein from the Bergen County Magazine and Fairway’s own Chef Jesse Jones.

Fairway has a long-standing commitment to firefighters and continues to support these brave men and women with firehouse shopping discounts and unique community events at each of its 14 locations.

“Firefighters are famous for being terrific cooks and are justifiably proud of the firehouse cuisine they create,” said Bill Sanford, interim CEO of Fairway Market. “We really enjoy shining the spotlight on them and their grilling expertise and giving the community a chance to meet and greet these local heroes. Plus, it is all done for a good cause, making the event so meaningful and important.”


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