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Caesar Salad Martinis, Sliders, Tandoori and More at the 29th Annual Caesar Salad Competition

How many ways can you make a Caesar salad? This past Friday evening, Houstonians were treated to a total of 19 ways at the 29th Annual Caesar Salad Competition, held at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

The event, hosted by the Food & Beverage Managers Association of Houston, has become an annual tradition in the Houston food world. For a minimal fee, entrants get to duke it out Caesar salad-style for bragging rights in a blind-taste contest whose proceeds fund scholarships in the culinary arts.

The fact that the judging is blind levels the playing field, ensuring that every entrant is critiqued by the same criteria: look, taste, and either creativity or adherence to classic Caesar style. This year, there were five entrants in the classic category, and 14 entrants in the creative category.

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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
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