Salsa heats up Ram Jam

AMAS wins annual competition, Ram Basketball Club takes third

By Rosanna Aguilera
On September 29, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
The Annual Salsa Picante Contest was held at Ram Jam on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The Association for Mexican American Students won judges over and took first place at the annual salsa contest during Ram Jam Saturday, Sept. 24.

Many student organizations created a salsa of their own for the Salsa Picante Contest. Anyone in attendance at Ram Jam had the option to taste the variety of sauces and submit a vote for the best one, but only votes from the judges determined the winner.

“It was a project for us to do since we are a new club,” Mercedes Lopez, member of Ram Basketball Club, said.

Three judges were in charge of choosing one salsa from 15 that were entered. The winning dish had to meet the criteria that the judges set.

“It has to look pretty,” Judge Rene Segoviano said. “It has to taste good.”

Other goals that had to be met were a little more complex.

“It’s the whole plethora,” Segoviano said. “A good salsa is going to affect all of your senses. The texture is so important. It has to come together; the aroma is very important.” 

Heat and spiciness were part of the categories that the salsas were judged on. It was important that the dip was not overwhelming, which the judges claimed to have tasted some that were.

“I want to be able to enjoy the salsa,” Judge Irma Segoviano said. “It has to be spicy, but not too spicy.”

AMAS enters the contest every year, and this time the salsa was made by Elizanette Lopez and her mother. Along with the first place title, they won a $50 check.

“Our salsa was different from the others because we had an avocado base and not a red tomato base,” Elizanette said.

The winning recipe dazzled the judges and the crowd, but could not be shared outside of the family as it is a secret recipe.

The audience votes determined that the salsa made by the Ram Basketball Club was the number one dish, but was placed third by the judges. However, the organization still received a $20 prize.

The Student Veterans Association came in second and also won a cash prize for their group.  

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