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The California Avocado Commission assigned chef Dave Woolley to create dishes with avocados, and he delivered no less than eight creations featuring the fruit.

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Chef Dave Woolley describes how he will make his California "Roll" as news editor Chris Koger (left) and digital producer Daniel Vanderhorst (center) look on.

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Chef Dave Woolley and digital producer Daniel Vanderhorst conduct a demo of the construction of a California "Roll" with avocado.

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The finished California "Roll" includes a nori wrap, sticky rice, pickled cucumber, furikake-dusted California avocado and sweet sriracha dipping sauce, per the menu for the event April 5.

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Chef Dave Woolley shows how to position the pieces of avocado for his California "Roll."

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Not listed on the official menu was this avocado-inspired beverage — it drew rave reviews nonetheless.

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The first dish of the day was this California Avocado Lumpia, which included smoked shrimp and Calipino dipping sauce, per the event menu.

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California Avocado Petaluma Turkey Sliders were another on-topic dish that went over well with those who tasted it.

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For those with a sweet tooth, the California Avocado Chocolate Pudding Shots, complete with pistachio-brown butter crumble, were also a hit.

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The avocado-inspired dessert was accompanied by a slice of the original hass avocado tree, which lived about 80 years before it died and was removed in 2002.

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