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Austin’s First Salsa and Guacamole Contest

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I am so thrilled to tell you about all about our first social event which put a little “spice” into everyone’s work week!

We sponsored a best salsa and guacamole contest. We asked everyone to bring in their favorite salsa and guacamole recipe and let their fellow colleagues’ taste and vote for the best one in each category. There were several entries, and everyone got a chance to place their vote anonymously.

We all had multiple “taste testing’s, just to make sure the vote chose was correct. 

We decorated our café area and blew up balloons which came in cactus and avocado shapes; red balloons, mini maracas and a table runner completed the look. 

The winner for best salsa went to Jay Clark and the winner of best guacamole went to Melanie Richards. They each won an Amazon gift card.


Everyone had a good time, sampling and resampling, talking to each other and enjoying the event. Sometimes in life, it’s the little things that bring a smile to someone’s face.

The biggest take away we received from this event; when is our next event? 

Thank you for reading about one of the events that make the Actian Culture phenomenal!

About Nannette Lorenz-Pardorla

Nannette is the Officer Coordinator at the Austin office. She is the first point of contact and link between employees and external parties who makes sure all of her guests feel welcome. She is a seasoned administrative professional who has worked in a variety of industries from tech start-up to educational research nonprofit. Her specialty is putting office procedures and policies in place, creating a more productive work environment. A graduate of Oregon State University (Go Beavers!) she moved from the Bay Area to Austin about a year ago. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, two rescue dogs and exploring the Austin area.

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