News Release
 September 16, 2022
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is excited to kick off football season in Western New York with their inaugural Tops Slider Showdown competition. No one does tailgating quite like Buffalonians and Tops is exited to team up with local media celebrities to see what creative concoctions they can create in a Slider Showdown on Thursday, September 22 at 11:00 am at the Tops located at 3980 Maple Road in Amherst, NY.

Teams will be provided with individual bags upon arrival each containing different core ingredients provided by our vendor partners as well as have access to a pantry of additional ingredients to doctor up their creations. Each team will have 20 minutes to create the most creative, tasty, eye appealing sliders, complete with a name, for our judges to rank. Our MVP judges include:

• Thurman Thomas – Retired Buffalo Bills Running Back

• SupChef – With over 1M followers, Chef Alexander Dispence knows a thing or two about making the perfect game day creations

• John Persons – President of Tops Friendly Markets

Thanks to partners like King’s Hawaiian, Margherita, Smithfield, Kretshmar, Avocados from Mexico, Galbani, Cheez-It, Frito-Lay, Tostitos, Heinz, Campbell’s, Ritz, Gatorade, Pepsi, Lipton, AHA, Smart Water, Vitamin Water, La Croix, Red Bull, and Grillo’s Pickles, contestants will have no shortage of delicious choices to make their delectable award winning creations.

First place winners will win a $500 donation to a charity of their choice, a Tops gift card and a trophy to proudly parade around the office. Runners up will also receive Tops gift cards and a delicious game day goodie bag. Hosting the event will be emcee, Nicholas Picholas, from Kiss 98.5.

“We’re excited to be kicking off football season here in Western New York as we cheer on our local team,” said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops. “Teaming up with our vendor sponsors as we get into prime tailgating season is exciting for us and our shoppers. With an expansive selection of products like sliders, sandwiches and sides, in addition to traditional favorites like pizza, wings, subs, snacks, beverages and more, Tops is THE place to shop for everything you need for Gameday! Be sure to look for the Tops REDZONE in store for tailgate favorites and more!”

Partners King’s Hawaiian alongside Guy Fieri is right in step with tailgate season with a Slider Sunday Million Dollar Showdown with your chance to win a $1,000,000! Vote weekly for your favorite regional slider for a chance to win all season long and earn entries towards the $1,000,000! Explore the interactive stadium to play games, get recipes, share photos, and more! Visit Tops Friendly Markets - Slider Sunday ( for more details.

Ready to take your tailgate to the next level now that you have all your supplies from Tops? Each week you can win a Tailgate 'N Go Kitchen valued at $2,500! Present the REDZONE Prize Pass (found in the Tops Weekly Ad) ONE TIME at checkout or complete the online prize pass and you're automatically entered for a chance to win. Plus, receive an extra chance to win every time you purchase a product from fan favorite brands now until 10/29/22. No purchase necessary. For details visit Tops Friendly Markets - RedZone ( ### About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit


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