Sandwich contest wraps up

It's a wrap.

After a monthlong contest, Jim Thornton, 60, of Niskayuna was named the winner of the first Ciccotti Wrap sandwich contest on Saturday, March 29.

The winning sandwich, which features ham, salami, spinach, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, cheese and pesto, will be on the menu of Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary on Wolf Road for at least one year.

It was unveiled and sampled by members and employees of the Rudy A. Ciccotti Center Saturday, March 30.

I have tried the sandwich, and it's delicious, said Lyn Taylor, President of Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Taylor said the sandwich contest was a way to show appreciation for the Ciccotti Center, by putting a sandwich in its name on Professor Java's menu.

"The Rudy A. Ciccotti Center has really added a new dimension to Albany County and the Capital Region," she said. "I think this is just a very happy initiative."

The Ciccotti Center is a privately owned family recreation facility affiliated with the Colonie Youth Center. The contest was sponsored by the Ciccotti Center and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Thornton said he came up with the idea for his wrap sandwich by combining a few of his favorite ingredients. "And I wanted people to try something that's healthy," he said.

Thornton, a member of the Ciccotti Center for one year, said he was surprised when his sandwich won the contest.

"I really thought they would just pull a name out of the hat," he said, "But they ended up doing a blind taste test."

According to the owner of Professor Java's, Frank Figliomeni, the blind taste test was the perfect method to determine the winner of the contest.

"It was a fun thing for the members too," said Figliomeni.

He also said that the contest was an interesting way to have members compete for a spot on the Professor Java's menu.

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