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Salsa Tasting Contest Results

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Results of the Salsa Tasting Contest at the 19th Annual Community Tree Lighting

Alameda Business Association (ABA) together with the Westminster Presbyterian Church (Westminster Church) and theShasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association (S/HPNA) sponsored the 19th Annual Community Tree Lighting last Friday evening, December 7, 2012 at Westminster Church in San Jose.

Holiday Program

A delightful holiday musical program was provided by local schools and youth groups including the River Glen School Estudiantina, the Trace Elementary School Choir, the Luther Burbank School Mariachi and the Dance Evolution dancers.  For the second year in a row, Elvis tribute artist, Rick Torres, closed the proceedings with a medley of classic Christmas rock and roll favorites sung in the style of “the King.”

Salsa Tasting Contest

Four local Mexican restaurants participated in the ABA’s salsa tasting contest which gave concert goers a chance to sample and judge the best salsa on The Alameda.  Salsas were ranked on a one to five scale.  Each restaurant received 5 ratings from many of the local residents and each had their own dedicated fans.  Zona Rosa on The Alameda offered a distinctive cashew based salsa, Mexico Lindo at Race and The Alameda presented a hot and spicy salsa with a tasty “kick.”  Las Cazuelas on Race near The Alameda offered both chips and homemade salsa.  Freebirds at the corner of Martin and The Alameda gave samples of their warm queso for tasting.  The separation from top to bottom was a mere 10 votes out of 350 cast.  Ranking was in the following order:


Freebirds World Burrito       27%

Las Cazuelas                       25%

Mexico Lindo                       25%

Zona Rosa                           23%

Freebirds World Burrito will receive a plaque from the ABA acknowledging and commemorating this tasty victory.  Look for it when you visit Freebirds World Burrito at the corner of Martin and The Alameda

The ABA would also like to thank all of our participating restaurants including Mexico Lindo, La Cazuelas and Zona Rosa for sharing a sample of good things to eat here on The Alameda.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 22:29 )  
Author of this article: Larry Clark
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