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‘Show of Hands’ Victory Served to Table 304 in Wheeling

photo by: Joselyn King

Libbi Gramby, owner of Table 304 in Wheeling, reacts after learning she was the winner Wednesday night of the “Show of Hands” competition sponsored by Wheeling Heritage. Alex Panas, left, program manager for Wheeling Heritage, presents her with a check for $5,336.

Libbi Gramby, owner of Table 304 in Wheeling, already has a new commercial food processor picked out for her catering and food shop on Main Street.

Table 304 and Gramby took home $5,336 on Wednesday night as the winners of the “Show of Hands” competition sponsored by Wheeling Heritage.

Gramby rallied her fan base through social media with the hashtag #savethecheesespread.

Since opening her shop more than a year ago, she has used the Cuisinart food processor from her home to prepare her trademark cheesespread, as well as many other food items.

“It’s just a little guy not unlike you probably have in your kitchen,” Gramby said. “Last year, it made 500 pounds of cheesespread, so that poor guy is exhausted.”

She has plans to upgrade to a Robo Coupe food processor that will aid her in being quicker and more efficient with food preparation. She expects the model to cost as much as $2,500.

Gramby intends to use the remainder of her winnings to improve her catering equipment and obtain small tasting glasses and flight boards to offer coffee flights in the shop.

Table 304 began as a catering business offering charcuterie board, and it has grown to a food counter and coffee shop in the former Flatiron Building at 1509 Main St.

Beginning in August, she hopes to offer classes in how to make charcuterie boards.

Gramby operates the shop alongside her daughter Devon.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” she said to those attending “Show of Hands” Wednesday night. “This really will change things for me.”

Other presenters in the competition were Chef Adam Luiso of Chef N Company; Emily Rouse of Edgington Studio; and Christopher Burress of Tito’s Sloppy Dogs.

Those attending the event paid $5 at the door to receive dinner and a ballot, upon which they voted on which business idea presented by the finalists was most worthy of investment.

The winner was guaranteed at least $4,000, in addition to funds collected at the door.

Orrick, the program’s corporate sponsor, donates $1,000 to each event. In addition, the Friends of Show of Hands – which consists of community members and business owners – each contribute $250 to events. Among the members are Dave and Beth Weaver of Wheeling Volkswagen and Subaru, Dr. Dan and Debbie Joseph of Joseph Orthodontics, Brian Joseph of Touchstone Research Laboratory, Fuzz and Barb LaRue, H. Lawrence Jones, Kennen & Kennen Realtors, Warwood Armature, Rabbi Joshua and Rebecca Lief, Sikora Montessori and Will and Tracey Turani.

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