Dec. 12, 2013 — It was cold but decadent, salty yet sweet and sinful but all for a good cause.
Sweet Charity whipped up pastries, cupcakes, torts, ice cream and pies from chefs around the city to compete in an unapologetic devouring of dessert samples on Friday, Nov. 22 at Plaza Colonial.
Attendees were drawn to Marco’s Bakery & Chris’ Catering interpretation of holiday dinner – a roasted turkey, slice of pie and cornucopia all made from cake and frosting. Bob’s Steak and Chop House surprised tasters with their Fireball Hot Chocolate cocktail. And Schlomo and Vito’s turned a Blood Orange Meringue Parfait into a fall favorite.
Beer, wine and coffee were poured for pairings, and students from the Art Institute competed with the city’s top chefs.
The tasty event raised $10,000 for Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance’s arts education and therapeutic arts programs and helped promote the sweet side of culinary arts in the city.
Grand Prize, Sweetest of the Sweet Award: Le Bon Gateau
Best Presentation: Marco’s Bakery & Chris’ Catering
Most Creative: Marco’s Bakery & Chris’ Catering
Best Cookie Dessert: Wonderland Bakeshop
Chef Reina Gibson for “Snickerdoodle Cupcake”
Best Baked Dessert: Marco’s Bakery & Chris’ Catering
Chefs Whitney Terry and Oldouz for “Thanksgiving through the Eyes of a Pastry Chef”
Best Chilled Dessert: Art Institute of Tucson Students
Janet Hoogasian and Mary Gronback for “Butternut Squash Panna Cotta with Cranberry Whipped Cream”
Best Frozen Dessert: The BrushFire BBQ Co. – East
Chef Benjamin Rine for “BrushFire Ice Creamery Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich”
Best Chocolate Dessert: Loews Ventana Canyon
Chef Krista Owens for “Drunk Elvis”
Best Fruit Dessert: JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa
Chef Chris Johnson for “Vernine of Confit Apple, Cinnamo Bavarian, Walnut Crumble and Salted Carmel”
Best Candy Dessert: Campus Candy
Best Sweet & Salty Dessert: Tazzina Di Gelato
Chef Peter Miller for “Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Gelato”
Best Sweet Cocktail: JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa
Mixologist Juan Carlos Ruiz for “The Chocolate Surprise”
Best Rich Cocktail: The BrushFire BBQ Co. – East
Mixologist Greystone LaPoint for “I can’t believe it’s not Mint Chocolate Chip”
Best Creative Cocktail: Bob’s Steak and Chop House at The Omni Tucson National
Mixologist Andrea Bravo for “Fireball Hot Chocolate”
Gourmet Girls • Marco’s Bakery & Chris’ Catering • The BrushFire BBQ Co. – East • Feast • Campus Candy • Art Institute Students Meleana Hayes & Shazieh Gor • Art Institute Students Janet Hoogasian & Mary Gronback • Shlomo and Vito’s • Hacienda Del Sol • Loews Ventana Canyon • Sweetie Pies • JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa • North Italia • Lovin’ Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant • Splendido • Wonderland Bakeshop • Tazzina Di Gelato • Coldstone Creamery • Bob’s Steak & Chop House @ the Omni Tucson National • Acacia • Le Bon Gateau • Tazzina Di Gelato • Bunz in the Oven Bakery • The Melting Pot
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for both the young and the old.
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) grew out of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC), an organization established in 1997 to provide artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of northwest Tucson. GOVAC eventually became one of the largest arts organizations in the region. In 2009, owing to its success, the group expanded its mission to include creation of partnerships with business, governments, and communities throughout Southern Arizona that would encourage innovative, creative cultural expression in the arts for years to come.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.