GIVEAWAY & Recipe: Stress-Free Grad Party Tips from Qdoba

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Graduation season is upon us and whether your new alum is leaving kindergarten, high school or college, there’s a way to throw your party the right way – stress-free.

Brian Blom, manager of the Qdoba at Chesterfield’s Hancock Village, and Savannah Burnette, assistant manager, are locals who know what RVAers want in a graduation party –they themselves are alumni of Clover Hill High School and Monacan High School, respectively.

Brian recommends lightening your to-do list by catering your bash. “Ordering food in advance is an easy way to shorten your action items when it comes to party-planning. Order a custom food bar, like the ones from Qdoba, which allows everyone to serve themselves. That way, you can focus on socializing instead of serving.”

By letting Qdoba take the lead with the entrée catering bar, you’ll be freed up to concentrate on a few smaller side dishes – maybe some of the grad’s favorite family recipes – to add a personal touch to the festivities. Highlight your knockout recipe but don’t fuss with the fixings by serving your homemade dishes with items from your favorite restaurant, like pairing that generations-old dip recipe with Qdoba’s corn tortilla chips, which have just a splash of lime juice and a sprinkling of salt.

“Food is a great way to show personality and graduation parties are all about celebration, so why not have fun with it?” says Savannah. “If your grad loves Queso, for example, switch things up and give your guests some choices. Qdoba offers three types of Queso – 3-Cheese, Diablo, and Bacon Jalapeno– all of which allow guests to pick and choose their flavor experience and find the taste that fits best.”

You shouldn’t be afraid to run with a theme. Does the graduate have a favorite food – say, bacon? Create a central spot at the party with a few varieties of your grad’s favorite dishes. Get your guests’ taste buds going with Qdoba’s easy recipe for Grilled Guacamole with Bacon, below.

In the meantime, we want to hear your top party-planning tip: Share your favorite in the comments and enter below to win a Qdoba catering bar (Naked Burrito Bowls, Nachos or Tacos) for up to 20 people at your graduation party.

Congratulations to all you proud mamas and your growing grads.


Qdoba’s Grilled Guacamole with Bacon


  •  4 medium Haas avocados
  •  ½ medium yellow onion
  •  3  Roma tomatoes
  •  2  Serrano chiles
  •  1T. fresh lime juice
  •  2oz. crispy chopped bacon
  •  Salt, to taste


1. Halve and de-seed two avocados

2. Cut onion in half, length-wise (leave skin on)

3. Halve and de-seed the Roma tomatoes

4. Place the avocado halves (face down), tomatoes (skin-side down), onions and chiles on to a hot, well-oiled grill and leave them until they have pronounced grill marks

5. Remove vegetables from the grill and allow to cool

6. Dice the tomatoes and onion, and finely dice the Serrano chiles (remove the seed membrane if you want to lessen the heat level)

7. Peel, de-seed and scoop out the two reserved avocados into a mixing bowl. Scoop out the grilled avocados and add to the fresh

8. Using a large serving spoon, mash the avocados and blend in the tomatoes, onion, chiles, bacon and lime juice

9. Salt to taste and enjoy!
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