If mashed avocado is your thing (yet to meet any naysayers there), join MANNA in their third annual Gauc-Off this Thursday, May 21st. The event runs 6 PM – 9PM at Morgan’s Pier, where a ticket snags you unlimited guacamole tastings and a free beer to wash it down. Signature margaritas, alongside a full cash bar, will also be available.
Today is Cinco de Mayo. And you know what Cinco de Mayo calls for? Guacamole (and margaritas, of course, but we’ve already got that covered.) And lucky for you, this past weekend, Chipotle released their guacamole recipe online for everyone in the world to use at their leisure. Perfect timing, right?
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With Cinco de Mayo just a week away, we over at Foobooz Headquarters decided we could no longer put off going through the folder we had marked, “Cinco de Mayo: Deal With Later,” in our emails. So here it is you tequila and guacamole guzzling heathens: your guide to Philly’s Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at El Rey: The Stephen Starr restaurant is hosting its first ever, all-day (5/5, 2pm-10pm) street festival, featuring Mexican street food (think tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and agua fresca), live mariachi music, piñatas and giveaways. The festival will be on the 2000 block of Ranstead Street.
Get ready to rumble (or at least get your stomach’s rumbling) on Sunday, June 22nd, for MANNA’s 2nd Annual Guac Off. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonesta Hotel. Competitors from all over Philadelphia, young and old, pros and newbs, will be fighting for the title of Best Guacamole in Town. The competing bunch includes guac-connoisseurs Jose Pistolas’s Adan Trinidad, who was awarded with a People’s Choice Award 2013, and Guerilla Ultima’s Robert Leggett, who was awarded with a Blind Tasting Award 2013. And returning to the competition is MANNA’s youngest competitor, 9 year-old Allison Flam.
Yet the competition goes far beyond the winner. MANNA works to provide those at nutritional risk due to life-threatening illness with meals that are plentiful in both good taste and nutrients. Executive Director Sue Daugherty said, “MANNA works wonders by supplying therapeutic nutrition to the critically-ill, so it makes sense that we’d celebrate a great food source like avocados, packed with vitamins and the source of so many health benefits. The fact that it’s delicious is a great side benefit.”
The lucky judges include Tracy Davidson, Emmy-winning journalist and co-anchor of NBC10 News Today, Roberta Pipito of Homemade Delish, Patty Jackson from WDAS 106.3 FM and Keith Lucas, MANNA Executive Chef and Food Network’s “Chopped” alum.
And if you’re looking to attend, tickets can be purchased at the door, online or by calling 215-496-2662, ext. 115. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. May the best guac win.
I am the person everyone hates. You know, that person who has already shoveled two-thirds of the guacamole “for the table” onto their plate before anyone else at the table has even noticed its arrival. It’s not my fault though: I can’t help myself. I am a guacamole addict, plain and simple, and my addiction knows no limits. For example, on National Margarita Day, I forced my boyfriend to go on a Mexican-restaurant tour of Philadelphia and, over the course of the day, we ordered three guacamole appetizers. And I ate Every. Last. Bite. I consumed at least nine avocados that day.
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