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Angel Cabrera to give Masters dinner preview
March 3, 2010

Defending Masters champion Angel Cabrera plans to give 100 friends who can’t attend the Champions Dinner a preview taste of what they will be missing.

Cabrera is hosting a “preview dinner” on March 29 at the Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Houston that will feature the menu—yes, plenty of meat from the Argentine—that former Masters champions will be sampling a week later at Augusta National.

“There’s not a golfer in the world who wouldn’t want to attend that dinner,” said Charlie Epps, his Houston-based swing coach.

It started with Cabrera wanting to raise money for his foundation, which he created two months before his 2007 U.S. Open victory at Oakmont. The foundation helps improve the quality for needy people in his hometown of Cordoba, including the welfare of caddies, and helps fund the local hospital.

“There’s so many fundraisers that we needed a new idea to get people excited,” Epps said.

Epps invited 100 associates who are paying $1,000 each to get a night with Cabrera, capped off with a dinner like no other. Ping, his longtime equipment sponsor, plans to bring its tour van so guests can test equipment (and receive a putter). Cabrera will conduct a clinic, give everyone an autographed Masters flag, and then the dinner bell rings.

On a conference call Tuesday, Cabrera was asked if he had given any thought to his menu at the Masters.

“There’s not a lot to think about,” he replied through a translator. “A good Argentine ‘asado.’ Some good beef.”

Epps said asado is a popular Argentine barbecue, and the menu will feature a five-meat course, including filets, short ribs and sausages, including one known as “morcilla.”

“There won’t be a lot of carbohydrates at this dinner,” said Epps, who grew up in Argentina.

There will be salad and bread to dip in a sauce that Cabrera will make himself, along with plenty of Argentine wine and music.

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