The gauntlet has been thrown. The battlefield? The pastry kitchen. The reward? Ultimate cupcake glory in the battle to end all pastry battles. All this and more at Press Street’s 2nd Annual Cupcake Throwdown and Artist Cake Walk.
On Saturday, August 18, 2012, a collection of both home bakers and professional pastry chefs will compete in categories such as Best New Orleans Cake, Best Vegan Cake, Best Cake in Disguise, Ugliest Cake, Best Art Cake and Best Cake Ever. Professional bakers and culinary artists include Claudia Melgar (The Kupcake Factory), Monica Anderson (Cakes and Desserts by Monica), Ella Lewis (Sweet NOLA Cupcakery), Scott Hunter (Sweet Eats & Cupcakes), NOCCA Culinary Arts Studio and 2011 Cupcake Throwdown Champion Dawn Snead (Shake Sugary). But the professionals won’t be having all the fun. Contestants will also include many home bakers including Angela Driscoll, Muffy Bernstein and Ameca Reali.
These contestants will have their fondant-filled hands full as the judges of this competition have some of most well tuned palates NOLA has to offer: Nathan Winner (NOLA Pie Guy), Michele Burton-Oatis and Melissa Woods (Cupcake Fairies, Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”), Chef Juba Kali (“Food Network Star”), Jennifer Pagan (Whole Foods Market- Arabella Station) and, for an artistic perspective, Karen Kern (Arts Council of New Orleans).
Tasty delights will be available for purchase and you could even win them with just a $2 entry ticket for the Cake Walk. Kids dressed in costume will receive a free cupcake! (While supplies last.)
Proceeds from the event will benefit Press-Street, a New Orleans-based 501(c)3 literary and visual arts collective formed in 2005 to promote art and literature in the community through events, publications and arts education. Its projects include the gallery space Antenna, the annual 24-hour arts education extravaganza Draw-A-Thon, Room 220 – a blog dedicated to the literary life of New Orleans, and the publication of books which focus on the relationship between the visual and literary arts.
Trust me sweet tooths, this is one sugar extravaganza you don’t want to miss!
WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 1-4 p.m.
St. Roch Community Church
1738 Saint Roch Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117