Sunday, April 13, 2014
|Wedding Cake Artwork by Diane Roka|
If you read this blog frequently, you know I mention cake quite a lot. I'm a self-confessed cake-aholic, but I'm also a cake snob. I don't want just anything with icing on it, and in fact, it is crucial that the icing not be too sweet, too thick and preferably only on top. It's difficult to put into words what constitutes good cake, it's like describing a sunset or an orgasm, you just know it when you're in the moment of it.
So when I got invited to the 10th Anniversary of the "Let Them Eat Cake" Fantasy Wedding Cake Competition to benefit City of Hope - I was in ecstasy...
Upon arriving at The Double Tree Hotel, I ran into the fab man about town Thom Cardwell, who I got to work with during my internship with Philadelphia Cinema Alliance during QFEST 2010. Turns out Thom is a cake judge. Among all the many endeavors he's involved with, he's also a strong supporter of City of Hope (leading research and treatment center for cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses).
|Thom Cardwell with is favorite of the evening "Piece a cake" by Colleen Laky|
The rules for judging, while not as strenuous as some reality competition shows, are rather involved - in addition to artistry and taste; each criterion is further broken down into five sub-categories for a total of ten areas.
And the Winners are...
|Best of Show: Sweet T's Bakeshop|
|Best Taste: Classic Cake|
|Masha Lipkovsky (Art Institute) Hunger Games Themed Cake|
|Best Theme: Whipped Bakeshop|
|Most Artistic: The Merion www.themerion.com|
|Chef John Moeller w/ Tinsel & Tine Editor Le Anne Lindsay (me)|
The highlight of my night was getting a picture with celebrity judge - Chef John Moeller: a member of an elite corps of chefs, who have served in the White House preparing très soigné cuisine for Presidents, First Families, and visiting Heads of State. Moeller served under 2 Bush Administrations and President Clinton. I asked the Chef what was Bill Clinton's favorite dessert? He said he really wasn't much on chocolate, but that once he made an apple, almond paste tart with a glaze that really got The President's attention. (It kinda figures Clinton would be partial to a tart ;)
P.S. - FOOD AND FILM TIE-IN: in preparation for the event I watched Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" the day before :)
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