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March 16, 2011
Mikuni, local food bloggers launch fundraiser to benefit Japan relief

Sacramento area foodies aren't wasting any time in answering the call to help those impacted by the natural disaster in Japan.

Mikuni is launching a new roll today at its restaurants in an effort to raise money for Japan relief and local food bloggers and bakers are planning an online bake sale in early April.

The "Rescue Roll," a spin on Mikuni's Michi Roll, features an inner layer of panko shrimp, crab salad and cream cheese, outer layer of avocado slices and seared tuna topped with special Mikuni sauce and torched and garnished with unagi sauce and tempura bits, a Mikuni news release states.

The rolls are $12 each, $16 at the Northstar Resort location.

The goal is to sell a minimum of 1,000 rolls by March 31, the release states. All of the money from the sale of the roll will be donated to the American Red Cross. The restaurant also will be selling copies of Taro Arai's autobiography "Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen" (Blue Fig Publishing, $25, 118 pages) and donating 100 percent of proceeds to the Red Cross.

A group of Sacramento area food bloggers also have jumped in on the Japan relief action.

Munchie Musings' Catherine Enfield, a Sacramento Connect blogger, is heading an online bake sale to benefit Japan relief efforts.

She was inspired by similar online bake sales launched across the country after the Haiti earthquake.

"We have enough really cool foodie people here in Sacramento, so why can't we try to do something like that also?" she said.

Several area bloggers have already offered to participate, including Kimberly Morales of Poor Girl Eats Well, and area bakers, like Elaine Baker, former pastry chef at Grange, also will be offering up tempting baked treats.

Here's how it will work: Each baker will post a photo and description of their signature baked good on Enfield's site on March 29. The online bake sale/auction will be held April 2 and payments can be made by check or Paypal. If you live in the Sacramento area, you can arrange for pickup or delivery of your purchased goodies. Bids will be accepted from those throughout the country and shipped.

Enfield is still looking for volunteer bakers, so if you're skilled at sweets, e-mail her: sacpchef@gmail.com.

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