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News - February 15, 2019

Around Town

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ... Ohlone Elementary School teacher Janice Stone's classroom turned into the site for her sixth annual Creative Sandwich Competition this week. The ultimate food challenge is part of her creative writing unit to help students expand their vocabulary. Weeks earlier, her 21 students all wrote blurbs for an original sandwich that couldn't be ordered at an eatery. She compiled all the blurbs into a list that omitted the creators' names and distributed them to the class, which selected the top eight sandwiches. On Tuesday, the finalists brought ingredients to create their culinary masterpieces presented to an esteemed panel of local community members: former Mayor Karen Holman, Board of Education Vice President Jennifer DiBrenzia, retired lawyer Jerry Manos and Stone's school aide Sarah Finley. The first-place winner for a second straight year was Benji Patel, who won over the judging panel with "The Jewish Holiday Special," which he described as an "exquisite sandwich" that consists of a sliced brisket, San Marzano tomatoes and a fried crunchy russet potato latke in a challah bun. Second place went to Lucy Kim's "The Green Dream," a roast beef sandwich with avocado, chimichurri sauce and caramelized onions. Third place went to Lola Patnoe, pictured above, for "The Pig Free Paradise," made up of turkey bacon "grilled to perfection" alongside spicy baby arugula, fresh blueberries and goat cheese.

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