Photos: Avocado Takedown @ Bootleg Theater

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Do you love avocados? If so read on.

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Avocado ice cream with Pomegranate Whipped Cream.

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Avocado Ricotta Gnocchi with spicy carrot curry sauce.

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Avo Tacos after running out of the lettuce use to make them.

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Avocado Filled Hangar Steak.

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Avocado Bacon Muffin.

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Chocolate Avocado Mufins with Avocado Frosting.

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It’s like Mr. Avocado Head.

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

The Guerilla Chef had his own special dish as a gift to everyone, Avocados on the half shell.

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Some friendly competition.

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

After all the eating it was time to vote.

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The crowd eagerly awaited the results.

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Avocados from Mexico did a great job for sponsoring this event.

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Matt Timms got everyone rounded up ready for the results.

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The judges – Eric Boardman and The Guerilla Gourmet.

Here are the following picks by the judges:

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Photo by: Sherman Lee

3rd place – Teresa Wu (Avocado Creamcheeze Cake w/ Minty Avocado Whipped Cream).

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Photo by: Sherman Lee

2nd place – Clara Polito (Avocado Caliente cupcake).

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

1st place – Adam Angeles (Deep Fried Avocados).

Now for the peoples choice winners:

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3rd place – Brandon Ficara and Casey Suchan (Avolcano – habanero/jalapeno/serano vegan cheeze and avocado pastries).

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

2nd place – Mike Cohen (Avocado Ice Cream with Pomegranate Whipped Cream).

Photo by: Sherman Lee

Photo by: Sherman Lee

1st place – Scott Gregory (Cowboy Bruschetta).

Ok seriously, the Cowboy Bruschetta was REALLY REALLY good!

 

Photographer’s Notes:

 

Camera Used:

  • Nikon D700

Lenses Used:

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

When I first heard that there was going to be an avocado recipe cook off by The Takedown being held locally here in Los Angeles I had to be there! For this event I decided to use the 50mm f/1.4 aka nifty fifty which would allow for great bokeh, isolation, and amazingly tack sharp pictures. I also brought along the 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon SB-900 to fill in any necessary types of shots that I would need. For the pictures with flash, I also attached a Gary Fong Lightsphere which added a nice fill and catch light for when I used the flash.

Over all the Avocado Takedown was a great success. There were vegan dishes, meat dishes, and even desert dishes ALL made with avocados. Thanks again to Matt Timms from The Takedown, Avocados from Mexico, and all the other great sponsors from this event.

 

For more pics check out my main site.

 

Location Details:

The Bootleg Theater

(213) 389-3856

2220 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90057

www.bootlegtheater.org

 

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