Sandwich Showdown- New York Food and Wine with @udisglutenfree @I_LOVE_NY

Come one, come all to one of the most fun you can have with two slices of bread. This past Sunday The Whole Foods Market’s Sandwich Showdown was held with Jeff Mauro. Jeff Mauro is the sandwich king from Food Network, and can make one awesome sandwich. This event was held to help raise money for various charities. This event was all about the sandwiches. There were more then fifteen sandwiches to try, with just about every ingredient imaginable, from Turkey to Pastrami, to Porchetta and even gluten free cookies from Udi’s Gluten free, and three varieties of ice cream sandwiches, all of which were delicious.

Upon walking in, each guest is given a wooden chip to cast their vote for the best sandwich available. The only sad point was when realizing the event was over, not because of a timer running down, but because of a lack of space in your stomach. With all the sandwich crafters available, we could talk for hours about every sandwich available and the wonderful wine bar as well, but instead we will highlight some of the stand-out sandwiches.

The afternoon began with an incredible Kobe Patty Melt, by Marble Lane. These little beauties were absolutely mouth watering. A burger made of Kobe beef melting in your mouth with caramelized onions, mushrooms and cheese. Starting with this sandwich set the bar pretty high, opening our eyes to what a sandwich could be- so much more then a delivery system for peanut better and jelly, LOL. This was a hand held taste of something special, interesting, intriguing, and more then you would think a sandwich could deliver.

Up next was “Home by the Range”, an Italian Style Braised Beef sandwich. This sandwich included a piece of braised beef with some Italian pickled vegetables. I think this sandwich was very close to perfect, but missed the mark a bit. In my experience pickled Italian vegetables are a bit spicy and have a kick and a crunch to go along with the acid of the vinegar, which would complement a well cooked meat perfectly. Unfortunately there was no spice or kick to the veggie’s, so I was a bit disappointed. I can understand completely why the decision was made to keep the spicy to a minimum, but I think it would have pushed this sandwich to the top, if it was done just a touch differently.