Holy Anchovy! The AIWF Caesar Salad Competition may be an annual event in its 20th year but the organizers behind the event have no intention of letting the format get stale. So this year, the organization that brought you the competition that often leads to a winner who wins for an ingredient that is far removed from any ingredient in the traditional Caesar salad is mixing it up. The competitors will all be previous winners of the competition. The winner will a kind of Grand Fromage of Dallas Caesar Salad Competitions.
Of the 19, 12 are still in town and this week the AIWF introduced them at the Westin Galleria Hotel, which is where the competition will be held. Without further delay, the role of honor..
Year Chef Restaurant
1994 Kent Rathbun Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen
1996 George Brown George Catering
1997 Jim Severson Sevy’s Grill
1998 James Neel Tramontana
2000 Samir Dhurandhar Nick & Sam’s, Nick & Sam’s Grill, Coal Vines
2001 Gilbert Garza Suze
2002 Doug Brown Beyond the Box , Dish
2003 Brian Luscher The Grape
2004 David Holben Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
2007 Janice Provost Parigi Restaurant
2008 John Tesar The Commissary
2010 David C. Smith Westin Galleria Dallas.
As emcee Scott Murray reminded the attendees, the aim of the event is to raise funds for AIWF programs to educate children about good nutrition.
The reception was hosted by David C. Smith, Executive Chef of the Westin Galleria, and winner of Caesar Salad Competition XIX.
The event is October 30th, 1pm-5pm (you will be back before the evening Cowboys game). Tickets are available through the AIWF Dallas Chapter web site. Given the talent on duty, this sounds to me like one of the big events of the fall.