The California Avocado Commission, Irvine, Calif., celebrated the second annual California Avocado Week at Downtown Disney.
Downtown Disney chefs, (left) DJ Wendy (Emcee), Chef Jose Estrada, Tortilla Jo’s; Chef Stephen Mary, Catal Restaurant; Chef Alejandro Reyna, La Brea Bakery; Chef Dore Sommer, Rainforest Café; Chef Thomas Keaveny, ESPN Zone; Chef Jeffery Meyer, House of Blues; and Chef Darrin Finkel participated in the Avocado Week event. During the July 1-7 event, Downtown Disney executive chefs prepared sample dishes featuring California avocados.
“California Avocado Week at Downtown Disney provides the Commission with a fabulous venue to engage with consumers and share the California avocado story in a place that is quintessentially Californian,” said Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the commission, in a release. “Sampling the featured California avocado dishes the Downtown Disney chefs are preparing also encourages expanded usage of avocados far beyond the event.”
Chefs from Disney restaurants demonstrated dishes featuring avocados, according to the release, and park attendees participated in “Guac Off” competitions, with vistors making their own guacamole recipes to win prizes.
Guest judges critiqued the competitions. They include Mark Carroll, Gelson’s senior director of purchasing and merchandising for produce and floral, Raul Gallegos, Bristol Farms senior director of produce and floral, and Doug O’Hara, California avocado grower and vice chairman of the California Avocado Commission.