Um can I just say that wow? Avocados overflowed, streamed out our ears and down the beautiful snowy slopes of Denver- creating a avolanche (same joke twice hmmm) so large that we were all completely and happily squished underneath!!!!
There were “Zippy Muffs”! There was a dude actually named DJ Psycho who basically makes the crap out of some serious Avo Cheeze cake, turns out! There was fudges and jams and soups and cocktails… And Denver did something I’ve never seen before at a takedown: a bunch of the contestants made multiple items with 50 Avocados from Mexico given them each (seriously!) This woman, nay this GODDESS OF FUN Randa Duffy made 4 different dishes!!!! A tart, a colada cocktail, a ravioli, and even empanadas!!!! I am NOT EVEN KIDDING she did all that herself…
READ ON TO FIND OUT THE WINNERS AFTER THE JUMP!
The important thing that you have to remember about Denver is that it is ranked as the top most coolest place. The people, in case you didn’t know, are perfect. Everyone was super sweet – and so was the venue, btw!!!! Casselman’s was extra fun!
After the Takedown, I was packing up and a dude with face paint walked by me… and then another. And another… Pretty much the whole place started to smell like Robitussin, because turns out the juggalos (sp?) were in town for their monthly Ultimate Fighting cage match… Not even kidding!!! YIKES. That’s the level of crazy that day was at!!!
And now, without further ado, I’d like to say THANK YOU to Avocados from Mexico for allowing this wonderfullness to happen- and here are all the competitors, their super dope recipes, and who won the thing!!!!! Wicked A!!!!
John Ihns - Zippy Muffs
Julie Kieras – Mexicana Chocovada Muffcakes
Rachel Zurer – Cupcavos Verdes (avocado lime cupcakes)
Jane Bauer – Chocolate Avocado “Bleat” Bites with Carmelized Bacon
Claire-Lauren Schulz – Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado “Faux” Buttercream, Avocado Poundcake, Avocado Chocolate Fudge
Caryn Leppert - Chocolicious Peanut Butter Fudge
Sirrena Williams – Avo Bruchetta
Hope McGehee – Avocado-stuffed Pretzel Bites with Vegan Avocado Queso
Karen Kalavity - Avocado Pea Cream Soup and Twice Baked Mashed Potato Avocado and Avocado Vegan Burgers
Amie Arias (Vegan Van)- Spicy Dark Chocolate Cherry Avocado Cashew Cream
Randa Duffy - Vegan Avocado Pastry Cream Tarts with Avocado Shortbread and Fresh Berries
Vegan Avo Colada Cocktail
Vegan Avocado and Mushroom Ravioli with Avocado Pesto
Vegan Avocado Sweet Potato Empanadas with Avocado Sour Creme
Hana Low - Chococado cake & mousse on the half shell-
Larry Galbve – from Manna From Heaven Gourmet Food Truck - Manna-Cado Smoothie
Kristi Spitzer – Avo-cotta on Cheese Crisps with Tomato Jam.
Chris Semmer + Laura Graves- Crispy Vegan Avocado Wontons
DJ Psycho – Avocado Lime Pie topped with meringue and a cilantro/mint syrup
1st Place – Chris Semmer+ Laura Graves - Crispy Vegan Avocado Wontons
2nd Place - Kristi Spitzer – Avo-cotta on Cheese Crisps with Tomato Jam
3rd Place – Hope McGehee – Avocado-stuffed Pretzel Bites with Vegan Avocado Queso
Honorable Mention – DJ Psycho -Avocado Lime Pie topped with Meringue and Cilantro-Mint Syrup
(Judges from Denver Life Magazine, 5280 Magazine, and West Word!!!)
1st Place – Manna from Heaven food truck -Manna-Cado Smoothie
2nd Place – Kristi Spitzer – Avo-cotta on Cheese Crisps with Tomato Jam.
3rd Place - Anie Arias – Spicy Dark Chocolate Cherry Avocado Cashew Cream
If you’re in Denver, here’s some tips: Check out the Denver Museum of Art. The building alone is bonkers- and the art inside is F to the U to the N. And also go to the Museum of Contemporary Art! On their roof is a pigeon coop- and you are invited to take a homing pigeon home, and release it! If you didn’t already know this, pigeons are not “rats with wings” like mean-ass New Yorkers like to say. They are actaully made of magic, which is why they know exactly how to get home, even from a google million miles away! And also if you’re still reading, did you know that the most amazing band Devotchka is from Denver!?? What if you go to a bar and maybe see them! Operation Good Times is mobilized.
Thanks Denver!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOOXOX
Portion of procedes benefit Women’s Education Project!
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