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April 29, 2013

It's A Guac-Off. Yelp Boston Had A Guac-Off.

Posted by Damien S

Maybe your salmon, dill and potato guac is better than his great-grandma Josephina's traditional (tomato-less) and silky smooth recipe. Maybe it ain't. There's only one way to find out:

Yelp Boston's First Annual Guac-Off!

Hosted at The Painted Burro, twelve concepts were hand-selected from more than 50 entries to compete, and the guac chefs were given 24 avocados to execute their recipes for a panel of expert judges – Somerville Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, The Burro's executive chef Danny Bua and yours truly, Yelp Boston Community Manager, Damien S, as well as the love of 120+ avo-avid attendees.

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From Taza Chocolate Chipotle kissed dips to a Mole Guac: Deconstructed, the submitted dips dazzled judges and Yelpers alike, the former scoring points for Creativity, Flavor and Ay Carumba! factor and the latter selecting their favorite with a single vote. When the chip dust settled, The People's Choice scored a $100 gift certificate for The Burro, while the judges' winning recipe smasher gets featured on The Painted Burro's menu (with all proceeds benefiting onefundboston.org), a family size molcajete (mortar & pestle) and a year's worth of anytime reservations!

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Congrats to the following Yelpers who competed: Jason B, Lu B, Sally B, Dan C, Elliot G, Gregory G, Hemanth G, Rana H (and Jess!), Jennifer M, Julie N and Lisa S.

And to the winners:
Rana & Jess - Keep Calm & Bac On! (People's Choice)
Dan C - Ethiopian Guac on Injera Chips (The Inflatable Cactus Runner-Up)
Hemanth G - GundaMole (Top Guac; Judge's Pick)

Burro Owner Joe Cassinelli snapped hot tamale pics of the event - tag them away on Facebook! And if you tasted your way through an avocado jungle, share your experience here. Muchos gracias to the crew at The Painted Burro, all the contestants and to those of you who celebrated a new tradition. Here's looking to 2014!

Now Whole-y With The 'Mole,
Damien S
Yelp Boston Community Manager

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