AIFW Caesar Contest
Hey folks - saw the DMN food blog posting of the upcoming AIFW Caesar Salad contest, which as a lover of caesar's kind of intrigue's me. Has anyone been to this in the past? Would love to hear more about the event particulars (attire, portions, atmosphere, quality of silent auction, etc.). It's kind of spendy for caesar salad's ($70 for non-member) but sounded like there's champagne provided at beginning, and it's a fundraiser so could be worth it!
Seriously, what a great event. I agree $70 a bit spendy, but it's actually $550 for a table of 10 so a group could get the cost down. There were 9 chefs this year. There is free champagne on arrival and a silent auction to stroll. It was a lovely evening and we sat just outside as we didn't have a reserved table. We got 9 different colored tickets and we could exchange each ticket for a caesar offering from each chef's station. Almost every chef offered their version of a mini-caesar (think 'bread plate' size) plus what most people attending referred to as a 'bribe'. The 'bribe' was something else accompanying the caesar. At one station it was a dinner roll with pork loin and hoisin, at another it was a parmesan custard, at another it was a lobster shooter, at another it was a bacon wrapped duck breast, etc. There was free paciugo ice cream for dessert. All in all, it was a very fun event and I thought worth the price. The caesar's were all pretty good. I enjoyed Loft 610 the best, but they did not place in Top 3. The traditional caesar from the Pyramid Room won if memory serves. Mansion came in third with a caesar offering of parmesan custard with 3 mini romaine leaves dipped into it (we all joked it was good, but not really a 'caesar' you know). Anyways, next year is the 20th anniversary event and they are only going to have chef's that have won the event in the past, so definitely look for the opportunity if you are interested.
Also, correction to my own title, I believe it's AIWF vs. AIFW.
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Actually, it's a lot of fun, food and wine. My last visit was about 5 years ago. All the chefs try to outdo the others, and put out quite an accompaniment to their caesar salads ranging from tenderloin to lobster. At the time, restaurant gift certificates were part of the attraction. Just go and have fun.