So when I heard about the St. Louis Bread Company Sandwich Showdown, a competition to find the best new sandwich recipe, I had to enter. For a grand prize of $2,500 and bagels for a year, it would be silly not to.
My fiancé and I entered two sandwiches into the competition. She entered the Avocado Egg Salad Summer Sandwich, a creation we worked out together. I entered a sandwich hoping to win the $500 prize for best name. I submitted a bipartisan sandwich. The Bipartisandwich.
The Bipartisandwich was concieved in a haze of true inspiration… ie; exhaustion paired with a few Schlafly beers. I was coming off of a 12 hour day preparing for HOP in the City before my last minute scramble to submit my recipe for the competition before the deadline expired.
Bread Co. informed me the following week that my Bipartisandwich was a top 20 finalist selected from a pool of 700 applicants.
Hours after I learned that I was a finalist, my future wife called me. “You’re never going to believe this,” she said. “I’m a finalist too!”
I was excited, but torn.
Online votes determine which 5 sandwiches move on to the next round. Needless to say, I found myself stuck between promoting our sandwiches together (potentially splitting the vote) and promoting my sandwich exclusively (potentially sleeping on the sofa).
After a few days of voting, it became clear that my fiancé’s sandwich was performing well in the polls (in thanks partly, to this ridiculous YouTube video), sitting comfortably in 3rd place, while my sandwich foundered with a disappointing 1% of the vote.
So I need your help. With a bump from Schlafly Nation, and this this inspirational video, I think we can get the Bipartisandwich back where it belongs, in the top 5 alongside my wife to be.
Please vote at panerabread.com/showdown/vote . You can vote once every 24 hours - per network connection. So vote at work, vote at home, vote on your iPad or cellular phone. And tell your friends!