Baseball has hot dogs. Tennis has strawberries and cream. Bridge has — well, bridge mix. When mahjong players get together to bring their skill and strategy to the table, however, the food can run the gamut from finger foods to luscious desserts. Some dedicated players even call food “the fifth player” at the mahjong table.

For the upcoming mahjong Celebration of Spring benefiting D’Feet Breast Cancer, Hotel Galvez executive chef Bobby Ross created a menu emphasizing the best of spring. “For the mahjong event, I wanted to focus on simple, fresh food made with good seasonal ingredients,” Ross explained. The buffet menu will include fresh salads, including Caesar, caprese and chickpea.

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