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Grilled Cheese Please

Latin Style Grilled Cheese SandwichDid you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month? We celebrated by drawing our golden spatula for a high-steaks Grilled Cheese Competition masterminded by the folks at USA Hosts/Key Events and AT&T Ballpark.

Chef de Cuisine Tanya Rogow invented the world’s first Latin-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Slow-Roasted Pork, Spanish Olives, Capers and Manchego.

Tender, shredded pork mingles with three kinds of cheese: Manchego, Gruyere and white cheddar. Spicy pepperoncini peppers and Spanish olives pump up the Latin flavor, while rye bread, capers and yellow mustard add an unexpected New Yorker twist to remind us that the grilled cheese sandwich is after all an American tradition.

Served with a side of plantain chips, this Latin Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich takes the old Wonderbread/Kraft Singles standby to a whole new level of global gourmet fusion!

All day long on the field of AT&T Park, eaters (also the judges of the contest) told us how much they loved our perfectly crisped bread, gooey cheese and tangy zip of mustard and juicy pork goodness. Utterances of “this is the best sandwich ever” and “definitely my favorite” could be heard amongst passers by.

We had some formidable competition from local catering companies, the ballpark staff and USA Hosts. We were clearly the crowd favorite among foodie types, but the winner of the official competition ended up being a brie and prosciutto sandwich from a Berkeley catering company (can’t recall their name).

We attribute their win to a certain charming French chef who was caught wooing female judges with comments like “you say you’ve tried French food, but have you tried French men?”. Short of shaking our maracas, our Latin Grilled Cheese didn’t stand a chance against his je ne sais quoi. Alas, there is always next year!

Recipe for Latin-Style Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Making Leftovers Matter

Food Runners LogoFrom time to time, we find ourselves confronted with an industrial-sized fridge bursting full of vegetables, fruits and dairy leftover from last night’s cooking party.

Rather than toss these valuable perishables, we turn to the Mercury god of food collection agencies Food Runners whose drivers swiftly transport our leftovers to shelters that feed the hungry. Our donations are really the tip of the iceberg, considering Food Runners typically picks up over 100,000 lbs of food each month in the greater San Francisco region.

Food Runners will pick up most professionally prepared food from places like corporate cafeterias, restaurants, even catered events like weddings. If you have food to donate, all you have to do is call them. They’ll arrange pick up of your food. You can also get involved by volunteering to be a food runner in San Francisco or donate cash.