Week IX: Chocolate and Avocado

Sunday March 5th (11 – 3)

Vendor Spotlight:  The GUAC Spot

Chocolate and avocado in the same mouthful sounds unconventional at best, but, it is actually a food marriage made in heaven and it’s a very happy marriage indeed. Meet the AVOCADO-OBSESSED, husband and wife team John and Syl Gonzalez of The Guac Spot makers of avocado inspired food including the avocado brownie.  They know there are few things better in life than a perfectly ripe avocado. The avocado Mother Nature’s butter, rich and indulgent not only makes brownies the most chocolatey of chocolate but it’s healthy.

The Guac Spot is all about creative, avocado-inspired dishes made using fresh ingredients that you can feel good about eating.  Since 2015, John and Syl have worked together thoughtfully crafting food that feels indulgent, like you’ve dove into a diet breaker, and they make nearly everything from scratch. Initially, like most families, they were a mix of picky eaters looking to find “something for everyone”.  Their signature GUAC began as the only way they would eat fruit or vegetables! They soon got pretty creative about it and eventually expanded into using avocado in and on everything. It started on tacos and ended up in cookies and ice cream and The Guac Spot was born :)


Last year, they purchased their very own food truck and are expected to be hitting the roads for the spring festival season.  They also hope, one day, to have a brick and mortar home base to park the truck and give customers a consistent place to find them.   In their spare time you can usually find them with a glass of wine at their fire pit in the backyard, tracking down the next foodie event to check out. “Eat, drink, and be married”…that’s us in a nutshell :)”

Awards:
Voted Best Pork Taco in New Jersey, at the NJ Taco Festival and “People’s Choice Award” at the Bacon Festival in Morristown.

Candied Apple Pork Tacos (a slow roasted brown sugar rubbed pork loin smothered in their own IPA BBQ sauce, topped with hand-cut green apple cabbage slaw and their signature guacamole)

This Week’s Specials: (In addition to regular menu items)

@TheCoffeeBar:
Blackstrap Espresso (heavy, molasses & caramel)
Anna Maria’s Foods: (Charcuterie below to pair with Jams)
Chorizo Seca (Dry Cured Chorizo)
Trufeseca (Dry Cured Black Truffle Sausage) 
Deliciously Alicia (Gluten free & Organic):
“Hostess” Apple Pie Knock-off
Artichoke Pie
The Guac Spot:
Avocado Brownies
Pineapple Pico de Gallo
Luxx Chocolat:
Dulce de Leche Caramel
Artisan Dark Chocolate Collections
Rockland Roots:
“El Jefe” Cubano
Truffle Bacon Mac n’ Cheese
Vegetarian Coconut Rice Bowl
Short Rib Rice Bowl

This Week’s Vendors:

Anna Maria’s Foods:  Unexpected savory & sweet jams from vegetables and fruit herb combinations that are great with cheese, cured meats and pâté.  Plus tomato sauces, salad dressings and other condiments.  All from their Torino, Italy originated family recipes.

Arlotta Food Studios:  Organic Olive Oils, Herbal and Fruit Infused Oils, Balsamic Vinegars, tapenades & organic handmade air dried pasta.

@TheCoffeeBar:  Serving quality, ethically-sourced coffee from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.  Roasted daily in the Hudson Valley. (Also this week: Peru, Los Alisos, 71 Irving House Blend, Gotham Dark & Sleepy Hollow Decaf)

The Cheese Guy:  Kosher, natural, artisanal cheeses from family owned dairy farms, selected and aged by cheese monger Brent Delman. 

Dan Madura Farms:  Home grown produce from the black dirt region of NY including a large variety of exotic mushrooms: Maitake (hen of the woods), Shiitake, Yellow & Grey Oyster, King Oyster, Pioppini, Lion’s Mane, Beech, Crimini & Portobello’s.

Deep Roots Farm:  All natural farm-made pickles (no preservatives), micro-greens & sauces.  Located in Hudson NY on 12 acres using organic & sustainable farming practices.

Deliciously Alicia’s:  Gluten-free and organic savory & sweet prepared foods including empanadas, pot pies, focaccia and Alicia’s famous crumbcake. 

FarmEats:  Local NY State, 100% grass fed and finished beef, pasture raised pork and chicken free of hormones and antibiotics.
 
The Guac Spot:  Headed up by AVOCADO-OBSESSED husband & wife team John & Syl, they create avocado inspired cuisine including guacamole, dressings, ice cream and brownies. Plus, cooked-to-order tacos (meat & vegan choices)!
 
Hillrock Estate Distillery:  Solera aged boubon plus estate single malt & rye whiskeys. “Our mission is to produce the finest hand-crafted spirits made with our own grain, floor malted, craft distilled in our copper pot still, aged in fine oak and hand bottled at our estate in the Hudson Valley Highlands.”  
 

Irvington Delight:  Fresh made Middle Eastern delicacies by Amal and Nabeel Rabadi including four different flavors of homemade hummus and their family favorite, chicken shawerma, a local best-seller in Westchester.  Expect also to see baba ganouj, muhamarra (walnut spread), tabouleh salad and stuffed grape leaves.

La Talaye Catering & Event Design:  International cuisine with a Caribbean twist.

The Luscious Little Dessert Company:  All natural southern style pies, pound cakes, cookies & moist breads inspired by owner Diana’s great grandmother “Big Ma”.

Luxx Chocolat: International Chocolate Salon award winner 2015 Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America.

Momo Dressing:  Japanese inspired dressings made in Brooklyn by owners Masaki and Yukimi Momose.

NY Chup: Chef inspired handcrafted, small batch ketchup.

Paolo’s Kitchen:  Italian dinners on-the-go, prepared from scratch.

Rockland Roots Food Truck: Farm-to-table, cooked-to-order and prepared foods by Chef Brian Holbach.  “It’s always been our dream to offer our customers the same high quality food we feed our own family, and when local isn’t available, we strive for pesticide free, cage free, non-GMO, and certified organic ingredients”.

Sohha Savory Yogurt:  Signature thick strained yogurt (labne), voted best by New York Magazine 2014. Plus Hummus, Babaganouj & Sohha’s savory toppings made with organic olive oil & spices, perfect for marinades, dressings or adding to yogurt.  

Wave Hill Breads:  “The best bread on the East Coast”  (The Splendid Table, NPR).   Breads and pastries crafted from organic whole grains milled at their artisan micro-bakery in Norwalk, CT.