By Allen Pierleoni
A couple months ago, the Mezzetta condiments company of Napa Valley announced its third annual "Make That Sandwich" contest.
We have a winner: Jessica Asakevich, 25, of Norway, Mich., took the $25,000 first-place prize (and a "culinary tour" of the Napa Valley) with her version of an Italian Philly cheesesteak. She named it the Balboa, after the Sylvester Stallone character in the "Rocky" movie franchise.
Check it: foccacia bread stacked with shaved and sauteed prime rib, melted provolone and mushrooms, and topped with strips of roasted red pepper, pepperoncini, hot cherry peppers, crushed garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and red onion.
The two finalists will receive $1,000 each for their original sandwich recipes. They are Merry Graham of Newhall, Ca., for her grilled Brie with cherry pepper pesto; and Lori DeFinis of Bensalem, Penn., for her rare roast beef with goat cheese and pistachio pesto.
For the recipes, go to www.mezzetta.com.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.