Coral Tree Cafe Panini-Off Gives Top Honors To Vegan Entry

First published as a special to LAist.com on January 26, 2010

The stage was set and the pressers positioned. After countless entries were submitted last December, five finalists emerged to go head to head at The Coral Tree Café Panini-Off last Tuesday, January 19. Brentwood would be the setting to determine just who makes the best panini in town. A rainy January night would prove to be the perfect backdrop, as few things are more comforting than hot-pressed sandwiches.

Cecilia Fabulich’s fusion-esque Shanghai Spice Pork Loin Panini was the sweet-spicy selection of the night and came with a topping of pickled onions. Michael Haddad’s Breakfast Panini with Egg, Prosciutto, Gruyere and Chive Oil was a perfect morning hangover solution. Firefighters crowded around Tsz Chan and her comforting Holiday Ham Panini to ask for seconds (and thirds and fourths – but who’s counting?).

But there would be crowned winners of the night. Nico Juber’s Perfect Panini with goat cheese and turkey bacon was the “People’s Choice” – the results of which were reached by tallying everyone-but-the-judges’ single favorite panini. But it was Chloe Coscarelli’s unique Mango Masala Panini recipe that won the judges’ favor. The Gourmet Institute student, whose recipe included spiced chickpea masala, roasted cauliflower curry and tamarind mango chutney, went home with a $250 gift certificate to Coral Tree.

The judges on hand for the ultimate sammich show-down were Robert Niksefat, Coral Tree Café co-founder, Senior Editor Mar Yvette of Citysearch Los Angeles, Founder of FoodGPS.com Joshua Lurie, Co-editor of LAist Lindsay William-Ross and CEO/Founder of Chefmakers Cooking Academy Richard Klein. In all, $700 was raised for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund which is part of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association and will go towards support for family members of firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty.

Coral Tree Cafe Brentwood
11645 San Vicente Blvd
Brentwood, CA 90049
310.979.8733

@coraltreecafe

Coral Tree Cafe Panini-Off: The Finals

Steak Panini at Coral Tree Cafe

Photo credit to The Delicious Life

As previously reported, Coral Tree Cafe will be hosting their first-ever Panini-off tomorrow (Tuesday, January 19) evening. After thorough review through all the submissions, five finalists and their named recipes have been chosen to go head-to-head, each of which will be at his/her own station:

Tsz Chan (Temple City) – Holiday Ham Panini
Chloe Coscarelli (Los Angeles) – Mango Masala Panini
Cecilia Fabulich (Marina del Rey) – Shanghai Spice Pork Loin Panini
Michael Haddad (Burbank) – Breakfast Panini with Egg
Nico Juber (Los Angeles) – Nico’s Perfect Panini

So head on over to Brentwood tomorrow to witness this sammich-off, 10% of the proceeds of which benefit the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, part of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. I’ll see you – and the who’s who in LA food as judges – there!

Tuesday, January 19, 2009

8 – 10:30 PM

Coral Tree Cafe Brentwood
11645 San Vicente Blvd
Brentwood, CA 90049
310.979.8733

@coraltreecafe

Who’s Got Your Panini: Coral Tree Cafe Hosts Panini-Off

Photo credit to ghholt on Flickr

On Tuesday, January 19, Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood will be hosting a “Panini-off” to find the best panini in LA. Five finalists will showcase their sammiches, selected from a pool of submitted recipes. It could be yours: To enter, download the application form from the Coral Tree Cafe website to proffer your worthy panini recipe. You never know until you try!

Before you set to work in your kitchen, though, it would help to remember that there will be four main categories: taste, visual presentation, creativity, and practicality (easy-to-eat). The winning recipe will be added to the Brentwood Coral Tree Cafe menu board and its presser will be awarded a $250 gift certificate.

Who are the judges? Only the Who’s Who in LA food:

Coral Tree Cafe co-founder Robert Niksefat
Senior Editor Mar Yvette of CitySearch LA
FoodGPS.com Founder Joshua Lurie
Co-Editor of LAist.com Lindsay William-Ross
CEO and founder of Chefmakers Cooking Academy Richard Klein

The chosen five finalists will be expected to attend (so remember January 19!) and prepare their paninis on-site at their own, situated “Panini station.” Recipe submission deadline is at 5 PM on Thursday, December 31, 2009 – so don’t sit on this one!

As a token of gratitude for saving the Brentwood location last September from a damaging fire, proceeds from the event will benefit the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association: 10% of the day’s revenue will go to the non-profit organization, which offers programs to provide assistance for local firefighters and their families.

Send all Panini-Off entry forms to: coraltreecafe [at] gmail.com or if you dare, snail mail to:

Panini-Off Recipe Competition
C/O RFPR, Inc.
5225 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 718
Los Angeles, CA 90036

I’ll be at the finals with multiple paninis in hand and mouth.

Tuesday, January 19, 2009

(Recipe submissions accepted until Thursday, December 31)

Coral Tree Cafe Brentwood
11645 San Vicente Blvd
Brentwood, CA 90049
310.979.8733

@coraltreecafe