That’s Eddie Diaz. He’s holding a plate of nachos that came from the 80 foot long trough behind him. All told that trough held 4689 pounds of nachos. That’s roughly the weight of a Ford F150. Or a Hummer H3. That’s a lot of nachos. Luckily they were all documented and certified by the Guinness World Book of Records. The last record was set in 2011 by a Ninety-Nine restaurant in Massachusetts. The event was held for charity.
Half a dozen volunteers worked on the project for two weeks. A volunteer crew, 80 strong, began assembling the nachos at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. Not all was smooth sailing. A cooler malfunctioned and some 2000 pounds of food spoiled. Organizers scrambled to secure extra food with local suppliers and the effort soldiered on.
“It was hectic… We lost a couple thousand pounds of food. We had to overcome that and get food locally,” said Rick Brown, general manager of Centerplate. “We run all of the food and beverage for the facilities, so we have extra food. Really it was just about pulling the resources together.”
The event, held at the Kansas Relays, was a team effort from Centerplate (the Kansas Athletics catering company), The Salty Iguana restaurant, and the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK Kitchen). Salty Iguana donated food and provided volunteers. The event raised money for LINK Kitchen, a charity that provides meals and companionship in a safe environment.
Rather than shooting for just the record, the event also sought to make a tasty nacho. The beef was marinated, onions were finely diced, and jalapeno was mixed with the black beans. Fresh pico de gallo and cilantro were also on hand. Reviews were roundly positive.
plate trough of heartburn fodder was finished by noon. Kansas Relays ticket-holders with a $1 donation or a canned food item were invited to grab a plate. Nachos, cheese, charity, and a broken world record – sounds like a killer afternoon. The event ran until 2:30 PM by which point organizers said more than 70 percent of the nachos had been consumed.