The Food at the 2014 PGA Tour and Cadillac Championship
The Cadillac Championship and PGA Tour brought an influx of tourists to watch the world's best in golf play last week. It didn't matter whether you were a fan of golf -- there was entertainment for everyone who attended.
Carla Torres The man: Tiger.
Featuring a Carolina Herrera fashion show, a concert by Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, a food and wine department, and sightings of Donald Trump as he strolled around his newest property, this year's tournament was an entirely different experience.
For the first time, the Cadillac Lounge was incorporated into the event. There, you could get a clear view of the third, 16th, and 19th holes from an air-conditioned, elevated permanent structure offering bottle service. The premise was to take a bit of South Beach to Doral, which was accomplished by bringing Joe's Stone Crab to the lounge. Sure, 25 large claws set you back $300 (same price at the restaurant), but watching Tiger Woods make a helluva shot out of a sand trap while dipping a claw into Joe's mustard sauce is unmatchable. If you wanted just five claws, those went for $60.
Other options in the lounge included Sushi Maki platters (a 70- or 90-piece assortment of rolls) and catering, although the catering seemed to be taking a bit long for those who ordered. For a fast, easy, and cool alternative, there was Giorgio Rapicavoli's Eating House tartare pop-up, where you could walk up and order.
Four savory options and two sweet were enough to satisfy the masses. We tried the tuna ($14) and hand-cut beef ($13) for the savory. Tuna highlighted nuoc cham, peanuts, cucumber, and ginger vinegar in its concoction, while the hand-cut beef was made decadent by black truffle and shallots.