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Monday, October 26, 2009

Organizers at U.C. Berkeley Want to Make the World's Longest California Roll. Why?

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click to enlarge The length to beat: 300 feet. - REVJIM5000/FLICKR
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  • The length to beat: 300 feet.
Yeah, this is how we roll: Food history may be made on Sunday, Nov. 8, when a group in Berkeley attempts to make the world's longest California roll.

Eight years ago, a group in Maui set a record for a 300-foot-long roll. The Cal organizers hope to beat the record and "bring the California roll record back to Cal!" Eaters, you will be able to eat the results of the sushi made with crab (or, um, krab), cucumber, and avocado, all wrapped in vinegared rice -- after the proper photos and documentation take place. In Japan, the California roll has gained popularity, and is known as kashu-maki (literally, "California roll"). Credit for the roll's invention usually goes to Ichiro Manashita, of L.A.'s Tokyo Kaikan restaurant, sometime in the early 1970s.

The Berkeley roll-a-thon happens at Sather Gate on the Cal campus, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Organizers are planning to set up 56 tables for the event, which is sponsored by U.C.'s Center for Japanese Studies and Cal Dining. You can sign up as an unaffiliated individual or as part of a team -- register here. But keep in mind that team leaders are expected to show up tomorrow at 8 p.m. for a practice roll in the Unit 1 Residential Halls All-Purpose Room (College at Bowditch, Berkeley).

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