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World’s Longest Taco Lineup at Emory

photo 2Students and staff from Emory University Dining’s Green Team today tried to set the record for building the longest line of tacos in the world. Over 66 feet long, the tacos were made with tortillas, sustainable cod supplied by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, cabbage salad and salsa cruda. The recipe was developed by campus executive chef Michael Wetli.

photo 1Tacopalooza began shortly after noon, with tortillas donated by local producer Los Amigos overlapping on a U-shaped grouping tables big enough to seat the royal wedding party.

photo-70Record-making is serious business, so the tacos were counted and recounted. Here, Mollie Walsh, the executive chef for sustainability at Emory makes a pass through. Walsh said that fully 38% of all food served at Emory now is from sustainable sources. The goal is 75%.

photo 3“Hot fish!” chef Michael Lyle cried, as he placed the filleted cod — which had been dusted with chili, cumin, salt and pepper — onto the tortillas. Kitchen helper Galen Berry kept him in fish as he made his way down the line.

photo 4“We’ve got to keep the fish in the center,” Lyle said to his staff, “so we can fold the tacos.”

photo-71Chefs followed with scoops of lime/cilantro slaw and salsa cruda, and the tacos folded beautifully.

photo-72Before the students could descend on this linear feast, taco tabulators Jack Regan (left) and John Bertrand — chef at the nearby sustainable fish restaurant, Goin’ Coastal Seafood — gave the tacos one last count. They are charged with writing to the Guinness Book of World Records. As there is no previous record for touching tacos, it should be a shoo-in.

photo 51, 2, 3…260! They all touch. Like vultures to carrion, the Emory student body descended on the taco chain.

Senior Justin Kosloff told me his taco was “pretty good.” Did he learn anything about sustainability?

“I actually didn’t know it was sustainable,” he admitted. “But that makes it cooler, I guess.”

27 comments Add your comment

matt r

February 16th, 2011
3:49 pm

This page has the world’s most misleading headline

matt m

February 16th, 2011
3:58 pm

I went to Emory and I can assure you that students eating fish tacos on campus is extremely unusual.

Billy O.

February 16th, 2011
3:59 pm

Really misleading… I thought Shirley Franklin must be giving a speech on campus or something.


February 16th, 2011
4:11 pm

How much are these kids paying for education to learn how to work at Taco Bell?


February 16th, 2011
4:18 pm

A new revolution erupting in Iran and this is what the AJC focuses on today….


February 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

Hello, ladies!


February 16th, 2011
4:33 pm

Typical AJC writing to give a false and misleading headline.
It says the world’s longest “TACO” but it is actually the worlds longest chain of tacos. They make it sound as it’s one long taco.
Also a explanation of what sustainable cod {food} is would be nice also.


February 16th, 2011
5:00 pm

I went to Emory, and I can attest to the fact that they think they can do things that are really cool and hip and exciting, and then it makes them look stupid. Nice job on ‘advertising’ it as a sustainability project, and having a student get quoted saying he didn’t know it was. Plus, it’s really easy to break a record when the record is 0.

Also, were these pictures taken on someone’s camera phone. Quality journalism, AJC…


February 16th, 2011
5:08 pm

I was under the impression that cod fisheries everywhere are under pressure.


February 16th, 2011
5:14 pm

How does bringing fish in from alaska promote the idea of sustainability and conservation? You couldnt have found something closer to prove this point? Good work making fools of yourselves – thats the only point you proved true.


February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

@emorygrad, quality journalism? this is a blog. with the convenience and accessibility of camera phones these days, people can snap a decent photo without the need of investing hundreds of dollars. it may not be frameworthy, but it will let them focus more on journalism and less on bulky camera equipment. if that was remotely irksome, then this must’ve been devestating

Emory Staffer

February 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

Emory actually advertised this event as the “World’s Longest Line of Tacos.” The AJC, being the rag that it is, called it the world’s longest taco. I had one and they were yummy!

Bob Ondeez

February 16th, 2011
5:37 pm

Is it safe to assume that Agnes Scott passed on this first?


February 16th, 2011
7:28 pm

I went to Emory, and i can assure you, there was not a single fish taco to be found all 4 years…emory sucked then, and sucks now…although i am surprised they didn’t build the world’s longest falafel instead, but then again the west bank falafel fisheries are quite healthy from what i hear


February 16th, 2011
7:56 pm

Barbara Letsinger

February 16th, 2011
8:43 pm

What a great and ingenious idea, for students to learn about sustainability seafood practices!
And also to be able to eat what they learn from this experience.
Congratulation! to whomever had the foresight and ambition to put this event together!!


February 16th, 2011
8:45 pm

It has been surprising to read some of the jerkiest comments ever on this fun, gentle story. Everyone go get some sunshine or something.


February 16th, 2011
9:13 pm

Folks love to spew disdain for Emory. That ends the moment they get a bad diagnosis and look to our nerds for the cure.

FM Fats

February 16th, 2011
9:28 pm

It was a very nice event. People had a good time. Absolutely no food was wasted. John had this on the website within two hours. Without an iPhone, that would have been tough to pull off. Cripes, people, what was there to bitch about? Iranian revolution? Gimme a break! It’s a food story on the food blog.

Stupid is as stupid does...

February 16th, 2011
9:35 pm

Okay, this is one dumb article. I feel like we need another RHOA blog just to actually amp up our neurons! Breaking a record that does not even exist? Come on, now. Well fish tacos maybe, but certainly not pink tacos for the Emory nerds.


February 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

i knew i should have skipped over this foolishness…waste!

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February 18th, 2011
3:01 pm

WOW! Nice so many are so detached from reality! What ever would they do if there was an enormous amount of turmoil in the Middle East, or Africa, or Labor Union unrest in the US….Yeah…Sarcasim.

The Great Canuck

February 18th, 2011
3:19 pm

We don’t have this problem of sustainability in Canada. We all live off of beer, poutine and maple syrup. Some may think this is bizarre, but with the killer weed from British Columbia, and the fact our beer is stronger than that of the U.S., our people are generally relaxed and just have the munchies.

In terms of sustainability, we use genuine saskatchewan seal skin pouches tied to hockey sticks to ensure we can transport our food and beer. Wait. Make that just food. Beer is a food group.


February 18th, 2011
8:23 pm

Interesting article, hilarious comments. Since almost 3/4 of the planets surface is covered in water, ocean aquaculture, and sustainability of our wild resources have become a front and center part of our national debate. There are countries who grow fish in sewage and sell it in the US, there are countries who put so many bad chemicals in the fish they are growing they are harmful to children. That is just the tip of a very large and ugly iceberg. A school which tackles the issues of nutrition, fisheries viability and sustainability in a fun and informative way is only good. No down side that I can see. So, enjoy your fish tacos made from wild Alaskan Cod and keep on top of what we’re doing in and to our oceans.


February 20th, 2011
4:20 pm

Too bad so many take this so seriously. Good for Emory and students; a little fun and a little learning. Those who mock those actually doing something need to get a life…………….it’s too short anyway! Right -on Emory!!!! Keep up the fun and great work!

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