I love a good sandwich. Fresh bread, the right cheese, sliced tomato, just-right bacon, crunchy lettuce, a slather of mayo, some avocado, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, and then just about as much oven roasted turkey as you can find.
To me, that’s a great sandwich.
But maybe that’s a little too ordinary? Too – done?
Well, Panera Bread is a great place to find something a little different – maybe that’s more your thing. Personally, I LOVE Panera – luckily, there’s one right near my favorite shopping area, so I can cruise in there, take advantage of their wifi, and of course, eat eat eat. Their bread is fresh baked, and their toppings are plentiful. No need for much imagination – they have combinations that are sure to please.
BUT – maybe YOU have a sandwich recipe that leaves your friends and family drooling. A sandwich so extraordinary, no one can stop talking about it. Do you? Well – here’s your chance at fame and fortune.
Is Your Sandwich Legendary? Panera Bread® Wants to Find Out!
Sandwich enthusiasts across the country now have the opportunity to put their sandwich-making skills to the test as Panera Bread’s Sandwich Showdown contest kicked off on September 14th. The event gives amateur chefs, bread connoisseurs, and fans of culinary creativity throughout the country the chance to have their homemade concoction named the best sandwich in the U.S.
In addition to national bragging rights, the winner will take home $10,000 cash, $500 worth of Panera Bread gift cards, free Panera bagels for a year and will have their sandwich on the menu for a limited time at participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the United States.
Now through October 6, sandwich enthusiasts can submit their original sandwich recipes online at www.TLC.com/Panera (see Official Rules for details). The site gives contestants a list of Panera Bread’s toppings and ingredients, which can be combined with its artisan and other specialty breads to create the ideal sandwich through an interactive virtual sandwich builder. Contestants will also be asked to tell the story behind their submission and why their entry should be named the next great legendary sandwich.
After all submissions are received, Panera Bread will narrow the field to the top 20 entries. The public will then be invited to vote online to determine the grand prize winner. The top four runners-up will each receive $1,000 cash and one $150 Panera Bread gift card. The 15 remaining finalists will each win one $150 Panera Bread gift cards.
Of course! I mean, everyone loves a great sandwich, so why NOT enter to win this fantastic prize? Someone’s going to win – why shouldn’t it be you?
To help a couple of you along, I am happy to say I have 2 – $10 Panera Gift Cards to give away, just for you taking the brief moments to enter your recipe on their site. Just scoot over, tell them your idea, then come back here and let me know you did in the comments. I’ll choose two winners at random on October 7, so, you have plenty of time to enter. Just don’t forget!! (What I’m saying is, Go, and GO NOW.)
Oh, I’ll also be giving away another $10 gift card on my Facebook Fan Page, so, if you leave me a comment over there on my wall letting me know that you entered a recipe, I’ll choose a random winner from there as well! Why not? It’s too easy!
Panera Gift Cards are courtesy of and shipped by Panera. Winners must have a US address, and be at least 18 years old. I was contacted to inform my readers about this contest, I thought it was a fun thing to share (I entered, too!), but I was also compensated for writing this post. That being said, my thoughts are 100% my own, as always. Good Luck!!