Panini Challenge 2022 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Panini Challenge was a success featuring unique panini creations at restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from April 6 – May 1, 2022 and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place: {108 points}

Dalina

Fredo’s Jam

Price: $14.95

Created by: Gabriela Medeiros

Description: A perfect mix of sweet and savory, using fresh and housemade ingredients on a perfectly crisp baguette

Ingredients: Prosciutto, Salami, arugula, fior di latte, basil pesto aioli and bacon jam

Takeout/delivery details: Uber eats and Dalina app

Dalina

687 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-4364

Web: www.dalina.ca

Instagram @dalinavancouver

2nd Place: {107 points}

Nonna’s Cucina

Panino Del Nonna

Price: $18

Created by: Joe and Darrel

Description: Spezzatino is a rich Tuscan beef stew slow cooked for hours with aromatic vegetables, pancetta and herbs in a savory red wine and beef stock. We reduce this down and mix with the braised beef after a quick shred of the meat. Served on our fresh ciabatta with pancetta-onion marmelatta, buratta cheese, peperonata, and arugula.

Ingredients: Arugula, Buratta, Peperonata, Beef Spezzatino, Sweet Onion and Pancetta Marmelatta

Nonna’s Cucina

2166 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel:

Web: https://www.facebook.com/nonnascucinayvr/

Instagram @nonnascucinayvr

3rd Place: {92 points}

The Cannoli King

Il Giardino

Price: $15.00

Created by: Sam Pero

Creamy ricotta, grilled eggplant, onions, peppers, artichokes and balsamic glaze on a fresh in house focaccia.

The Cannoli King

950 Seaborne Ave #1125, Port Coquitlam

Email: info@cannoliking.ca

Web: https://cannoliking.ca/

Instagram @cannolikingvancouver

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Panini creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Nonna’s Cucina

Panino Del Nonna

Price: $18

Created by: Joe and Darrel

Description: Spezzatino is a rich Tuscan beef stew slow cooked for hours with aromatic vegetables, pancetta and herbs in a savory red wine and beef stock. We reduce this down and mix with the braised beef after a quick shred of the meat. Served on our fresh ciabatta with pancetta-onion marmelatta, buratta cheese, peperonata, and arugula.

Ingredients: Arugula, Buratta, Peperonata, Beef Spezzatino, Sweet Onion and Pancetta Marmelatta

Available: all the time

Nonna’s Cucina

2166 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel:

Web: https://www.facebook.com/nonnascucinayvr/

Instagram @nonnascucinayvr

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Dalina

Fredo’s Jam

Price: $14.95

Created by: Gabriela Medeiros

Description: A perfect mix of sweet and savory, using fresh and housemade ingredients on a perfectly crisp baguette

Ingredients: Prosciutto, Salami, arugula, fior di latte, basil pesto aioli and bacon jam

Offered: all the time

Takeout/delivery details: Uber eats and Dalina app

Dalina

687 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-4364

Web: www.dalina.ca

Instagram @dalinavancouver

3rd Place People’s Choice:

The Delly at UBC

The Delly Pesto Chicken Panini

Price: $8.95

Created By: the team

Description: all – time best seller, creamy, smooth, crunchy and feisty contrast of sourdough panini bread, pesto mayo, diced chicken, spinach and jalapeno pepper jack cheese

Offered: all the time

Takeout and Delivery Details: order online though the Delly App for pick up or through Ubereats for delivery. Walk in and Pick up in our store is welcomed as well.

The Delly at UBC AMS – The Nest

Lower Level 304-6133 University Boulevard

Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1

Tel: 604-228-8121

Web: www.thedelly.com

Instagram: @thedellyubc

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: AJ Heraghty, Tara Lee and AJ Yao

Thank you to the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their panini creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their panini creations! See all the Challenge entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

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