Ithaca, NY – On June 2nd Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick reprised his role as culinary judge and supporter of local food security programs for the Third Annual Myrick Hunger Hero Competition sponsored by Collegetown Bagels (CTB) and Ithaca Bakery.

The Mayor chose his favorite from among three finalists which were drawn from over forty different recipes submitted by the community.

The two runners up included a vegetarian chickpea mash made from a chickpea salad on pumpernickel submitted by the Human Service Coalition staff and a Polish inspired kielbasa and potato latke sandwich on rye submitted by Ian Mahoney and Jaclyn Petruzzelli.

The winning sandwich – titled “The Nessa” – is made from waffles, crispy chicken, hot sauce, maple syrup, and cheddar cheese.

All three finalist sandwiches are now on the menu at all Ithaca Bakery and Collegetown Bagels locations. A portion of the proceeds from these sandwiches will be donated to United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC), and all funds will be invested in local food programs.

(Photo: Anna Kucher / The Ithaca Voice)

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