A preview of Cabrera’s Champions dinner
Sunday, January 30, 2011
HUMBLE, Texas – If Monday night was any indication, next week’s Champions Dinner at the Masters will be special.
Angel Cabrera previewed the menu at Shadow Hawk Golf Club to a group of Houston’s finest to raise money for the Angel Cabrera Charity and the First Tee of Houston.
The night started with both Cabrera and fellow Argentine Andres Romero showing off their skills with a driver and a wedge as they answered questions from the crowd, with Cabrera’s swing instructor Charlie Epps acting as ringmaster.
The dinner was the highlight – with beef and ribs, prepared Argentine-style, by chefs brought in from Miami. The chefs also will be in Augusta to prepare the Champions Dinner.
Potato salad with mayonnaise dressing, beets with hardboiled eggs, chopped tomato salad and an Argentine stew of ham, beans, corn and chorizos filled out the menu.
Flan and red Argentine wine capped off an evening during which the charity auctioned off mementos that included signed flags. The highlight of the auction might have been when two foursomes with Cabrera and Epps were auctioned off for $15,000. Before the next item went up for bid, someone in the audience offered to pay $20,000 if Romero were part of the package. Epps asked Romero in Spanish, and the Argentine promptly agreed. Romero was added to the group and $5,000 more was raised for the charity.
Cabrera was presented an 18K solid-gold golf putter head by John Solheim, Ping’s chief executive. The putter head was an exact replica of the club that Cabrera used to win the Masters and is valued at $27,500.