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There?s a beef over that 146-foot BLT


It could be that former allies in Sonoma County?s quest to build the world?s largest bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich will go to war.

That mightn?t be an entirely bad thing. Wouldn?t you agree that the more enormous BLTs constructed in the county, the better?

But the rift that opened over Sunday?s creation of a 146-foot sandwich at the Windsor Farmers Market is a serious matter to food writer Michele Anna Jordan, some of whose work appears in The Press Democrat.

In 2003 she published the book on BLTs ? ?The BLT Cookbook? ? and that same year created at the Kendall-Jackson Tomato Festival a monster BLT that she said covered 14,976 square inches.

Jordan subsequently partnered up with the two Windsor women ? Windsor High culinary teacher Marie Ganister and Glenda Castelli, director of Windsor Farmers Market ? who in recent years oversaw the creation of super-super-size pies.

Jordan said the three of them agreed to work together this year on a gigantic BLT, but in June the Windsor pair told her they?d decided against the project.

Jordan contends Ganister and Castelli took her knowledge of giant BLTs and cut her out of Sunday?s world-record attempt.

?They looked me right in the face and lied to me,? Jordan said.

Teacher Ganister says nothing of the sort happened. Though conceding she and Castelli told Jordan in June they?d decided against going for a world-record BLT this year, she insists they also informed Jordan when they changed their minds and resurrected the attempt.

Ganister said a parting of the ways occurred in August because Jordan disagreed with plans regarding the bacon and bread. Still, Ganister said, she and the others involved in building the BLT at Sunday?s Farmers Market freely credited Jordan as the sandwich?s inspiration.

?I totally gave her props and accolades,? Ganister said. Ganister did indeed tell a PD reporter on Sunday that the BLT was inspired by Jordan.

Jordan insists that before praising her, the adults behind Sunday?s sandwich first gave her the boot from the quest for the World?s Biggest BLT, which she considers her baby.

?Maybe I?m too sensitive, but I?m devastated,? she said.

By the way, Jordan calculates that the Windsor sandwich was several thousand square inches smaller than her 2003 BLT.

We?ll hope the two sides reconcile, but there would be some upsides to a local competition race for the world BLT title. The public gets to buy pieces of the BLTs, and the proceeds help teach kids to cook.

The money from sales of Jordan?s 2003 BLT benefited the Worth Our Weight culinary apprenticeship restaurant, while slices of Sunday?s sandwich grossed more than $2,000 for the culinary program at Windsor High.

Whatever happens in the BLT race, we?ll eat it up.

RIDE ON, RUSS: It?s been a long time coming. But on Thursday afternoon, equestrians and folks who feel good when they remember Russ Gleason will gather at SRJC?s Shone Farm to dedicate a horse arena built in his memory.

Gleason was a former SRJC student body president and avid horseman who was just 42 when he died of cancer in 1990.

Eighteen years later, memorial donations and a contribution of 2002 SRJC bond money have built the Russ Gleason Memorial Arena out on the junior college?s instructional farm off Eastside Road.

Childhood pal and football buddy Rick Call finds it a touch surrealistic that he?s now preparing, as president of the SRJC Board of Trustees, to attend the 3 p.m. dedication of the arena that bears his friend?s name.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.