G Sandwich Madness

The winner-takes-all Sandwich Madness competition is back at both G and Graffiato with a special showdown of chefs from the Mike Isabella Concepts restaurants you know and love. Each month two chefs will put their most creative and delicious sandwiches to the test, duking it out to raise money for a charity of his or her choosing. The winner is determined by the number of sandwiches sold, and victors progress to the next round, culminating in a final match-up in July 2018.

round one

January: Pagonis vs. Drew


George Pagonis
Sandwich: Uncle George’s Gyro
Description: ground lamb and beef kebab, tzatziki, harissa, fries on pita
Restaurant: executive chef/partner of Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna and Kapnos Kouzina
Charity: USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

Elliot Drew
Sandwich: The Hebrew Hammer
Description: Hebrew National salami, Gulden’s mustard aioli, garlic chips
Restaurant: chef de cuisine of Graffiato at Isabella Eatery
Charity: Alzheimer’s Association

February: Famoso vs. Rivera


Katarina Famoso

Restaurant: chef de cuisine of Kapnos Kouzina

Juan Rivera

Restaurant: chef de cuisine of Kapnos Taverna, College Park

March: Rafidi vs Silver


Michael Rafidi

Restaurant: executive chef of Arroz and Requin at the Wharf

Jarrad Silver

Restaurant: chef de cuisine of Kapnos Taverna, Arlington

April: Palma vs Howard


Joe Palma

Restaurant: culinary director of Isabella Eatery

Adam Howard

Restaurant: corporate chef of Mike Isabella Concepts