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The 25th Annual Caesar Salad Competition.
By Nancy Ford

Lettuce munchers in the know are already aware that the garlic and anchovy-heavy classic palate pleaser was not named for that wily skirt-wearing ruler of ancient Rome. According to salad lore, it was chef Caesar Cardini who first fashioned the salad from a hodgepodge of available ingredients in his San Diego restaurant in 1924.

Eighty-five years and a lot of croutons later, some of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs/restaurateurs compete for the title of our city’s Best Caesar Salad, with tossers vying for Best Classic Caesar, Most Creative Caesar, Consumers’ Choice, and Best Overall Presentation.

Adding additional pressure, direct descendants of Chef Cardini are scheduled to be in attendance to help commemorate a quarter-century’s worth of festivities.

October 2, 5–8 p.m. Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown, Allen Center, 400 Dallas St. The $35 ticket includes food and wine. Benefits Food & Beverage Managers’ Educational Endowment. caesarsaladcompetitionhouston.com.

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