Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 12 June 2009
Creating a 61-foot lobster roll is no small feat. But tip your hat to the folks who whipped up this mammoth treat — and for a good cause to boot.
The 61-footer Mainers made last Sunday is likely to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest. And I'm guessing bringing such a monumental creation to life was easier said than done.
Think about it; what grocery store's bread aisle stocks a 61-foot roll?
No, the roll had to be made special. So did its bread pan (which was delivered on a flat bed truck) and the oven it was baked in.
Then there's the matter of filling the roll. An army of volunteers gloved up, and tackled the job of filling the roll with about $1,200 worth of lobster meat. Add lots of Miracle Whip, sprinkle with a blend of special seasonings and voila, you have a lobster roll so big, it must be transported by a passel of volunteers, including Maine Roller Derby skaters.
So how did the lobster roll measure up? When appointed official certifiers Portland mayor Jill Duson and Dane Somers, executive director of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council busted out the measuring tape, they found the roll was 61 feet 9 ½ inches long.
That should best the current official Guinness record established in 1997. It's hoped the Portland roll will meet the Guinness folks' exacting standards.
The city's West End Neighborhood Association and Linda Bean's Perfect Maine coordinated the fund-raising event, which was part of Portland's annual Old Port Festival. Sales of 4-inch long slices of the beast were sold, with proceeds going to fund the association's Swimming Scholarship fund. They'll provide swimming lessons for some 250 needy children in Portland's West End. And that leaves a good taste in everyone's mouth.
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...