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The Art of the Sandwich contest opened the first day of the fourth annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) exposition at the Park Avenue Armory. The sandwich-making contest had the participation of several top chefs in the city, and benefited the American Craft Museum. The tasting and exhibition opening attracted 1,000 art patrons, and raised approximately $250,000 for the museum.
The interior of the armory was already well-decorated with the SOFA exhibit, making additional decor unnecessary. HeartBeat restaurant brought a vegetable and flower arrangement from Bloom Flowers to decorate their hors d'oeuvres table that featured a mini-eggplant wrap. And Payard Patisserie's mini fruit custard tarts were so perfectly arranged and colorful that they looked good just sitting on the silver platters.
Waiters from Taste (who also provided the bar) passed around more sandwich hors d'oeuvres from restaurants such as Chef Ho's Peking Duck Grill, Le Cirque 2000, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, Peanut Butter & Company, Wild Blue, Windows on the World and Zarela.
The sandwich contest had several of the city's best chefs competing for awards in four categories. The winners were David Dewhirst of Brasserie 8 1/2, who won first place in the “Most Outrageous” sandwich category for his Manhattan Po' Boy; Chef Sati Sharma of Tiffin won the blue ribbon for the “Best Ethnic” sandwich; Chef Paul Liebrandt of Atlas won for the “Most Seductive” sandwich; and the “Best Seasonal” sandwich award went to Gemelli and Pastabreak, two restaurants that collaborated on their Tramezzini tuna and shrimp sandwich.