Guac Bowl ’19 Brandon’s “The Guac Thickens,” winner of Best Presentation. His fifth time winning the category! The conspiracy board “crazy wall” was complete with yarn, pins, and many past Guac Bowl references. And “The Guac Thickens” was literal — Brandon added secret thickening ingredients to his guacamole. Jordan & Amanda’s “BanderSnack”, an homage to the interactive Black Mirror episode “Bandersnatch.” Like the TV show, it was a choose-your-own-adventure, with different ingredients based on your answers. This twisty tale ended with 2nd place in Presentation. (Pictured here with my son, eyeing the crackers.) My family’s entry, featuring our 7-month-old son Alvy. He stayed in the seat for about 3 seconds… …So he was replaced with a photo while “on break.” Not as impressive. I blame him for our 3rd place finish. Here’s us pretending not to curse his name for ruining our brilliant presentation. Maggie & Ian’s “Guacamochi,” mochi balls filled with guac ice cream! Winner of Best Alternative. Maggie & Ian stayed up late testing and perfecting the delicate balance of sweet, savory, spicy and weird. “Guac & Tortilla Chip Ice Cream” finished 2nd place in Alternative… bested by another frozen one! Brr! Liz & Justin posing with their ice cream and traditional entries. Steve’s “Ssamguac,” inspired by Korean Ssam dishes, with short rib and veggie. Tied for 2nd place in Alternative. Here’s Steve pretending he didn’t know “ssam” means “wrap” in Korean, posing next to un-wrapped things. Tim & Danielle’s “Wicked Guac-Some” was polarizing — winner of the Icarus Award and 3rd place in Alternative. The New England pandering didn’t win over this decidedly West Coast crowd. “State of Guac” by the Levy/Friedman family, especially executive chef Rhonie. Winner of Best Traditional! Rhonie stood next to her winning guac all day, warning tasters of the 3 levels of spice to choose from. Steve’s “Ssamguac,” inspired by Korean Ssam dishes, with short rib and veggie. Tied for 2nd place in Alternative. Zimmer, Teira and baby Lake, none of which are wearing cigarette girl outfits. Lauren & Dave’s “Guac Rothko,” an Abstract Expressionist art piece, (mixed media). Tied for 3rd! Liz & Justin’s “Traditional #9,” a recurring title that earned victory two years ago, 2nd last year, and now 3rd. Albert & Shakira’s “Guactemala,” a Guatemalan entry (i.e., added pineapple, and plantain chips.) Here they are in happier times before learning it got 2nd place in the Icarus Award. I liked it! Neighbor Josh representing the hood with “Eagle Guac,” a depiction of our beloved city’s Eagle Rock rock. “Empty Nesters,” my mom and stepdad’s commentary on their life status. The nest was made of avocado skin! Vikki and Robert posing with their empty nest. Chris’s “GuacaMueller with Gambino Style Roll-Ups” (which were, of course, Takis.) “This is Guacward…” by Saxton & Maria. Is it the huge bowl that makes it awkward? We’ll never know. Saxton and Maria posing Guacwardly, an homage to their entry. Jason’s “El Bandito,” featuring the talking bullets from Roger Rabbit. Why? I forgot to ask. But I like it. And of course, the Desowitzes return with their infamous guac brownies, making 7 years of guacolate. The trophies, relegated to inside the house because of rain. The rain meant no Winner’s Lounge in the garden, so we improvised with some fancy booze and the velvet rope. Kitchen partiers. Robby, Joelle and baby Dovey braving the tent. Rhonie accepting the Best Traditional trophy! Her parents won it 14 years ago, before she was born! Tim was “literally speechless” after winning the Icarus Award. Like the Patriots, he won without even trying. Tim was “literally speechless” after winning the Icarus Award. Like the Patriots, he won without even trying. Brandon reuniting with an old familiar friend, the trophy that he has won 5 times now. Champagne toast on the damp patio! Utter joy. The traditional drinking of champagne from the trophies. We even made Rhonie pretend to drink champagne (it was empty, I swear.) The 2019 winners.