And now of the 49 foot Story
For the second year in a row, my palms were a little sweatier (que up Eminem), and my blood pressure was a little higher but this year, this year we smiled more. This year we were all friends. As the 49 feet of perfectly baked bread was cut my elbow rubbed against the Chef from The Columbia Restaurant. What the hell am I doing next to the Columbia Restaurant, while my kids are scurrying to grab the next piece of ham as they are part of the building process. But there I was taking it all in with about eight other restaurants with yes The Columbia restaurant on my left and Michelle Faedo, from Faedo’s Food Truck of the Mauricio Faedo’s Bakery family on my right, and La Teresita somewhere in the mix . Between the two of these fine establishments there is about 150 years of experience… and I have well I have a few years. So how did we all get here? why are we making this monster of a sandwich? where are the balloons? where is the Guinness Book of World Records?… or a Guinness Beer would do just about now.
Well allow me to fill you in, Morgan Freeman voice que. There is Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla and Victor Padilla who run the Latin Times and Jolie heads up the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Tampa. Needless to say, both love Cuban Sandwiches, are great marketers, and love the Tampa Community. The two of them work tirelessly to put on Cuban Sandwich Festivals. So in 2012 during the Cuban Sandwich Festival, I suggested to Jolie that we should build the longest Cuban Sandwich on a whim for publicity. I never thought she would do it, and I never thought she could pull it off in 2012. Well not only did she pull if off by getting everyone to work together but she shattered the 35’ sandwich with a 49’ sandwich in 2013. We suggested that it be given to Tampa Bay Harvest in 2012 which fed some great folks that needed the help, well the tradition continues and in 2013, 100 people got fed at the Trinity Café as a result of the 49 footer. The best part is all the participants see this as a friendly event where they are able to talk, network, get to know each other and do some good things for our city.
When the sandwich finally got cut up and CNN latino left the room, I felt a little closer to the Columbia, and to Michelle, but for the first time in those 100’s of years of experience, the longest Cuban got made. It may not be in the Guinness Book yet, it may not have been a continuous loaf, but it was made. It was make here in Tampa, with local business and it was donated to local people in need. I was part of this and it was my idea, do I belong standing with my kids next to Chef of the Columbia Restaurant and the Faedos? I will let you decide that one. But I will say this, the Cuban sandwich is a mix of cultures, it’s a mix of traditions and the Stone Soup Company is a mix of cultures and a mix of new traditions. We set forth every week to do something right (close to 28,000 cups donated to charity), to bring ideas, people, and efforts together. To be the conduit and the bridge of change. This is what we are about and this is what we call a successful day!
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