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Guacamole Challenge

What happens when you throw together a group of people from the Internet, some booze, an awesome team name, avocados, onions, peppers, limes, salt, garlic, tomato, and pineapple? Shockingly enough, you get the most authentic guacamole at the second annual MetroMag Guacoff.

Last night was the long anticipate guacamole competition. After hitting up the Herkimer with fellow teammate Doniree, we walked over to Blue and found Kaeti and Emily both ready to go. The event started at six with the teams beginning to prep their guacamole at 6:30. We had 45 minutes to prep and at first I really didn't know if we would be able to complete our dip in time. Fortunately, Kaeti and Emily managed to cut up 40 avocados in record time, and between Doniree, Doug, and I, we had the rest of the ingredients prepped with plenty of time to perfect our recipe.

Once time was called, the tasting began. It was evident from the start that we were on to something. Every person who tried our guacamole walked away nodding their heads in appreciation. It was about an hour and half later when the winners were announced. We were very excited to hear our name called as the Most Authentic Guac even if it was a bit confusing as how a guacamole with pineapple is authentic, but none of us complained.

Even though I'm going to call Guacoff a success I do have to make a few comments about the event. First, the space was much to small for the number of tickets sold. People were packed together like sardines and it was much to warm. I can't imagine how bad things may have gotten if it wouldn't have been a cool evening. Second, things didn't seem overly organized. Our names were not listed at the door so they just had to take our word that we were part of a team, and the organizers at the event didn't know that salt and pepper were on the list of provided ingredients. Thankfully, neither of these became an issue. The only other comment I have is that the chip situation wasn't planned well. Considering we were at a guacamole contest the first order of business after time was called should have been distribution of a large amount of chips to each table. Instead, we had to hunt chips from other locations around the event. This wasn't a big deal but didn't exactly leave a good impression.

Even with my "complaints" I had a wonderful time and would definitely participate as an entrant again. Thanks to MetroMag and all the sponsors for putting this together. Michelle Bachman says our Guacamole has a secret plan to annex part of Iraq already has plans for next year. Granted those plans only include bringing gloves so Doniree and Doug don't suffer for two days after cutting up peppers, but still plans are plans.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Don't my teammates rock?"]Dont my teammates rock?[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Finished Product"]The Finished Product[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Look at those smiles"]Look at those smiles[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="333" caption="The Competition"]The Competition[/caption]

You can find all the photos here. Thanks to Andrew for taking some photos while I was prepping.