On Saturday, August 6, foodies converged in downtown Grand Rapids to experience the top ten sandwiches that comprised the Grandwich competition. The winning sandwich was the G-Wrap. It featured crisp seared Big B Farms pulled pork, spiced barbeque sauce, local Andouille sausage, spicy pickle “slaw” on BBQ spiced naan bread.
The G-Wrap was created by The B.O.B.'s Bobarinos restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids. It was just one of 48 local restaurants that created a new-recipe sandwich for the competition which allowed people to vote for their favorite sandwich.
A list of sandwiches, and all the rules for voting, were posted on the Grandwich website at http://www.downtowngr.org/grandwich/home. It kept a running tally of the votes. The Grandwich idea was created by Nicole Infante. The goal was to celebrate Grand Rapids with flavors as unique as the people who live there and translate it into a sandwich. Infante said the goal of the contest was to "support local business." Another goal was "to taste a lot of different and delicious sandwiches."
The top ten restaurants were the Grand Central Market, The BOB - Bobarinos, Skywalk Deli, 25 Kitchen + Bar, St. Mary's Health Care, Peppinos, Greenwell Gastro Pub, Hopcat, Omelette Shoppe and Rico's Deli.
Beginning July 15, participating restaurants presented their Grandwich entry at their restaurants. Patrons could try as many as they wanted and vote for their favorite Grandwich through July 31 on downtowngr.org. The Top 10 Grandwiches were announced on August 1, and public voting on those continued for five days.
The winner was announced August 6 at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids. Admission was a donation of cash or an item to the local Kids' Food Basket (http://www.kidsfoodbasket.org/wish-list), and samples of the sandwiches were handed out. Kids’ Food Basket is an organization that delivers sack suppers to schools and parks for children in the area who might not otherwise get dinner.
Independent Bank was one of the sponsors for the event that included a panel of local food experts and local celebrities as judges. The judging was based on use of local ingredients, uniqueness, taste, appearance and representation of Grand Rapids.