Guac's Up

Avocado Bowl, with help from Arian Foster, trumps the competition at Super Bowl celebration

Avocado Bowl and Arian Foster trump competition at Super Bowl party

Arian Foster play virtual reality game at Avocado Bowl
Arian Foster played a virtual reality game at the Avocado Bowl. Courtesy photo
Katy Birkelbach and Dede Raad at Avocado Bowl
Katy Birkelbach and Dede Raad enjoyed the Avocado Bowl. Courtesy photo
Avocado Bowl
A standing-room only crowd watched the Super Bowl at the Dunlavy during the Avocado Bowl party. Courtesy photo
Sylvie Jourdan and Chef Pascal Lorange from Chosen Food at Avocado Bowl
Sylvie Jourdan and chef Pascal Lorange from Chosen Foods demonstrate the virtures of the avocado. Courtesy photo
Arian Foster at Avocado Bowl
Special guest Arian Foster sampled the guacamole. Courtesy photo
Arian Foster play virtual reality game at Avocado Bowl
Katy Birkelbach and Dede Raad at Avocado Bowl
Avocado Bowl
Sylvie Jourdan and Chef Pascal Lorange from Chosen Food at Avocado Bowl
Arian Foster at Avocado Bowl

When we got an invitation to the Avocado Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday at The Dunlavy, it trumped all other possibilities. We love guacamole, so with the president's threats to slap a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods, we figured out it may be one of the last times to pig out on the world's most perfect snack for next to nothing.

There were plenty of avocado-related delicacies at the party, sponsored by the state of Michoacán, Mexico, which leads the world in avocado production. We had our choice of five different types of guacamole, including one with bits of pomegranate, another with pieces of jalapeno, and yet another called "Holy Moley Guacamole." But it's hard to beat the unadorned classic version.

The waitstaff  also passed around such appetizers as deep fried avocado wedges (really tasty) and tuna tartar with a dollop of guacamole (a little less satisfying), along with glasses of champagne topped off with a sorbet made of avocado.

A spokesperson said the idea for the party came about because Super Bowl Sunday is the day where the most avocados are bought and consumed in the United States, so all politics aside, it was so good opportunity to celebrate the love.

The Dunlavy was jammed with a millennial crowd who viewed the dull-turned-exciting matchup between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, on a screen the size of a movie theater. They also played virtual reality interactive games, threw footballs at a virtual target, and met special guest, former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who sampled a hearty helping of guac.

But just about the biggest cheers came in the first quarter during a Super Bowl ad for avocados featuring comedian Jon Lovitz practicing psychedelic mind control over a hapless nutritional secret society. The Washington Post named it one of the five best Super Bowl commercials and it's gotten more than 3 million views on YouTube.

We're green with envy.

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