Guacamole is fast becoming one of those edible items that people boast they have a secret recipe for, joining the ranks of consumables like chili, potato salad, and pecan pie. The base is simple enough; all you really need is a ripe avocado, cilantro, lime, salt, onion, and tomato. But to make it really special, as with most guarded recipes, you need a top-secret ingredient. This Thursday at the second annual Guac Off, teams of up to five will be re-creating their greatest party hits. They will be given the basic ingredients listed above, plus three additional ingredients they bring themselves (is that curry powder, mango, or nutritional yeast that you taste?). Guests will be asked to sample and vote, while a panel of judges put in their two cents as well. Categories include: Most Authentic, Most Unique, Best Team Name (one group is competing under the name Guac Me Amadeus), and Audience Choice. The evening will also feature tons of tasty nosh, including a salsa bar, gazpacho, blue-cheese mousse, tortas, Indian-spiced doughnuts, margaritas, and Corona beer. DJ David Drone spins tunes. $20 presale only, click here for tickets.
Thu., Aug. 20, 6-8 p.m., 2009