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El Camino Real to host Christmas in July Fiesta

By Kevin Milliken for La Prensa


July 25 marks more than the halfway point to the holiday season this year—but for a few lucky winners, it may feel like Christmas in July. At least that’s the aim of the owner of El Camino Real in West Toledo.


The restaurant, 2500 W. Sylvania Ave., will host a party on Thursday, July 25, 2013, starting at 3 p.m. The festivities will include a late afternoon taco eating contest, a burrito eating contest during the dinner hour, and a live demonstration at 7 p.m.—as El Camino Real staff make the biggest bowl of fresh guacamole Toledo has ever seen.


“We’re going to use about 150 avocadoes, plus all the other stuff—and then give it away,” explained restaurant owner Jesús Angel.


But the biggest draw of the evening is expected to be a Kenny Chesney concert ticket giveaway. The prize includes four tickets and a free limo ride to the Aug. 17 concert in Detroit. The prize drawing will be held at 9 p.m. and the winner must be present.


“We were thinking about putting something together (already),” said Angel, who explained the Budweiser-sponsored ticket giveaway cinched the deal. “We’re also going to be giving lots of other stuff away.”


Angel explained he and his staff were looking for another summer event after the success of this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. But parts of the celebration may resemble Mardi Gras even more.


“We go up and do it New Orleans-style and give away a lot of beads, T-shirts, hats, and all kinds of goodies,” said Angel. “We throw a lot of stuff down to the people.”


The restaurant’s large patio can hold more than 500 people, so he’s hoping to draw 1,000 to 2,000 patrons during the afternoon and evening, including people who will choose to have dinner.


While the guacamole-making demonstration won’t set any world records, the El Camino Real owner believes it will hold people’s interest.


The guacamole is prepared in a giant molcajete, a stone tool used for grinding various food products. The molcajete was used by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures, including the Aztec and Maya, stretching back several thousand years. Molcajetes are used to crush and grind spices, and prepare salsas and guacamole. The rough surface of the basalt stone creates a superb grinding surface that maintains itself over time.


The restaurant owner explained his molcajete is hand-made from volcanic stone.


“There’s a few who don’t like it, but many more do. It’s good for you, it’s good for your cholesterol,” said Angel. “It’s a good appetizer that goes well with chips and salsa, with beer, with margaritas.”


The event is not a charitable endeavor, but a promotion being held in conjunction with local beer distributor Treu House of Munch. For more information, you can either call the restaurant at 419.472.0700 or click on its website www.elcaminorealtoledo.com.


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Revised: 07/16/13 17:38:15 -0700.




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