Grandwich spreads downtown


The winner of the annual Grandwich competition earns the title of Grand Rapids' "signature sandwich." Photo via

Nearly 30 downtown and neighboring restaurants will create sandwiches to compete for the 2013 Grandwich title.


Voting for the annual contest begins tomorrow. 

Sandwiches competing for the title can be viewed at the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance's website, where sandwich connoisseurs can register to vote during the July 23-Aug. 16 competition.

The reigning Grandwich winner, “Melting Pot Two,” is by The Skywalk Deli, which won't be in the competition this year.

Sandwich crawl

Several competing restaurants also will participate in Tuesday sandwich crawls on July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, from 6-8 p.m. — which will allow patrons to taste sample-size versions of the signature sandwiches for $5.

The final judging will take place Aug. 16, with the Grandwich winner crowned at that time.

The idea

Grandwich was an idea presented by Nicole Infante at a 5×5 Night competition in 2011.

After seeing the presentation, she was approached by the Downtown Alliance which, in conjunction with Neighborhood Ventures, wanted to help make the idea of a Grand Rapids Signature Sandwich competition happen.

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