Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

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Rosa Maria Cardini, the daughter of the inventor of the Ceasar salad, has died. Personally, I had no idea the Ceasar salad was so recent a dish, even though I eat one just about ever day:

Born in San Diego in 1928, Cardini was 10 when her father moved the family to Los Angeles. She soon began to work with him, bottling his Caesar salad dressing at home, labeling it by hand and selling it from the family station wagon at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Some of his customers remembered [Caesar] Cardini and his salad dressing from when he owned Caesar’s Hotel, a restaurant in Tijuana in the 1920s. Californians, including Hollywood celebrities Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, dined at Caesar’s to escape the Prohibition laws in the U.S. …

By the 1940s, Cardini was bottling his salad dressing and distributing it in a number of U.S. cities. By 1953, the Caesar salad had gained a reputation in Europe, and the International Society of Epicures, a group of professional chefs based in Paris, proclaimed it “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years.”

5 Comments

  1. I love the ceasar salad, and I make them table side at the resturant that I work at (The Eureka Inn) in Eureka California. I have perfected it, and have been told that I make the best. I am also going to do a speech on the ceasar salad tomorrow in speech! Thank You,
    Darcie

  2. GABRIEL SALAZAR

    December 9, 2003 at 3:18 pm

    I LIVE IN TIJUANA MEXICO AND SOMETIMES I GO TO THE RESTAURANT WERE IT WAS CREATED THEY STILL SERVED THE SALAD THERE . AND I THINK IS THE BEST SALAD I VE EVER HAD…

  3. I work at a 125 yr old Private club in victoria
    BC Canada THE UNION CLUB

    I do ceasar table side
    the proper way
    (anchovies, capers, vinegar, egg and olive oil for mayonaise, dijon, garlic– crushed of course– and pepper)

    you will never turn back

    buy a wood bowl for home

    its worth in

    ps took me years to perfect

  4. Where is place in Tijuana to get Ceasar Salad from Ceasar’s decendents. Going later this week so need info quick! — Thanks

  5. it is very naste

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