HOUSTON – Sept. 11, 2018 – All Hail Caesar! The 34th Annual Caesar Salad Competition set for Sept. 27, 2018 is certain to be a “toss up” for awards given to chefs who present their versions of one of the world’s most popular salads. Acknowledged as the longest-running culinary event in Houston, it is always a boisterous evening featuring the area’s top chefs with great twists on a classic dish, wine and beers. The event, hosted by Food & Beverage Managers Association of Houston, also will feature a silent auction.
The Caesar Salad Competition was originally created by Chef Randy Fournier and Master Sommelier Guy Stout, and formalized after friendly bets as to whose salad was the best. Over the years, the event has grown to include awards in four categories: Best Classic, Best Presentation, Most Creative and the coveted People’s Choice.
The Caesar salad is one of the most popular and discussed salads in the world. Its origination and ingredients have been debated, but most recognize Caesar Cardini, a restaurateur from Tijuana, Mexico, as its creator. As the story goes, Cardini invented the salad using ingredients he had on hand in 1950 when a rush left him with little in the kitchen. The “improvised” salad that went on to become a staple with Hollywood stars and Julia Child alike was made using romaine lettuce, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, egg, Parmesan cheese, black pepper and croutons. Over time, this salad has become a culinary legend and eaten around the globe.
This year’s Caesar Salad Competition will put 20 chefs in a heated competition for bragging rights. The event will be held at the Hilton University of Houston’s Conrad Hilton Grand Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Admission is free to the first 10 guests wearing a toga!
Proceeds will benefit the Houston Food & Beverage Managers Association’s educational endowment that funds scholarships for aspiring hospitality professionals in the greater Houston area. Four endowments have been established at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management to benefit students preparing for careers in the hospitality, culinary and beverage industries. To date, more than $350,000 in scholarships have been funded, and the educational endowment will continue to produce scholarship funds long after the passing of tongs and salad bowls.
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ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION
The Food & Beverage Managers Association of Houston was formed in 1991 to give F&B managers of all the major hotels and clubs in Houston an opportunity to network on a monthly basis, learn more about each other’s operations, and to create opportunities for continuing their education in the field of food & beverage. It has also been an opportunity to create a not-for-profit organization that has raised money for charities and education related to the F&B industry.