Tops Friendly Markets will welcome Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and local food entrepreneur Mercedes Wilson for a meet & greet and product tasting event on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Tops location at 1275 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo). Lawson will sign autographs and take photos.
“Since the moment that I got back to Buffalo to begin our quest to bring a championship to this great city and Bills Mafia, I’ve been wanting to get out to the Jefferson Tops to check in on everyone including the staff, who is often overlooked,” he said. “I look forward connecting with my friend, Mercedes, to sample some Sadie’s Relish, and interacting with everyone from the community and the staff. I like to have fun with everything that I do, so this will be no different. … I may even have a surprise or two.”
Wilson, owner of Sadie’s Relish, will also be on hand for a tasting of her relish, a family-inspired recipe she brought to life and to Tops shelves in 2022.
Tops noted, “Inspired by her grandma Grace’s ‘Cha-Cha’ recipe, you will often find Sadie cooking side by side with her father, and rest of her family, incorporating her recipe in everything from breakfast staples like eggs to side dishes and others such as ribs, chicken, on scallops and tacos! From backyard barbecues to brunch, Sadie’s Relish – both mild and hot – will give your dishes an extra kick.”
Wilson said, “Community means everything! Food is one of the few things that can bring us all together, and I am so grateful and excited to be a partner of Tops and to have the support of Shaq Lawson.”
Based in Williamsville, Tops Markets currently operates 149 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com.