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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Neighborhood Ventures are pleased to announce the top 10 finalists who will compete to win the title of Grandwich 2014.

On July 8, over 30 restaurants entered their sandwich creations into a competition to determine the best Grand Rapids sandwich of 2014. For almost three weeks, the public was encouraged to visit participating restaurants in Grand Rapids, try the sandwiches entries, and vote for their favorites. Public vote determined the top 10 sandwiches, which are listed below in alphabetical order.

  • The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott
  • The B.O.B.
  • The Cheshire Grill
  • Flat Lander's
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • HopCat
  • San Chez
  • Skywalk Deli
  • Stella's Lounge
  • Sweet Mellisa's

"We've seen restaurant staff take pride in their entries, and the public rallying around their favorite sandwiches and neighborhood restaurants," said Kristopher Larson, President and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. "The entire competition has been about encouraging the local community to support one another, so we've carried that focus into the closing event."

The winner of the Grandwich title will be determined on August 1 at Rosa Parks Circle. From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., guests will be encouraged to stop by the park and try samples of all 10 sandwiches after making a $5 donation to Kids' Food Basket, a local nonprofit attacking childhood hunger to ensure that lunch is not the last meal of the day for over 6,000 kids at 32 schools in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

At the event, three local celebrity judges will taste the 10 sandwiches and award the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners at 1 p.m. The judges include local chef business owner, Torrence O'Haire, entertainment reporter, John Gonzalez, and the founder of Kids' Food Basket, Mary K. Hoodhood. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People's Choice winner. Local media personality and reporter, Todd Chance, will be the afternoon's emcee. There will be music for guests and activities for children such as face painting and the opportunity to decorate lunch bags for Kids' Food Basket.

About Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is the singular management entity for the combined energy and operations of the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Alliance, the Downtown Improvement District, the City of Grand Rapids Office of Special Events, and the Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority.

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