NEW ENGLAND DESSERT SHOWCASE
The 2011 New England Dessert Showcase is a “must” event for anyone who loves sweets. Hosted by The Anthem Group on Saturday, September 17 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the event featured various premiere dessert exhibitors from around New England.
There were a million different ways to indulge my sweet tooth at this event. My first stop was the O’Sugar! Cakery table, designed by Rago Events, displaying an assortment of pastries and chocolates on a fantastical pink and orange spread of flowers, cupcake stands and Willy-Wonka-esque cakes. To taste were a variety of cake and cake pops in red velvet, strawberry shorcake, snickers, and carrot cake.
Steve Earthman was the lucky winner of two tickets to The New England Dessert Showcase and now all are able to see his delicious recipe that knocked him into the top spot. It is the perfect fall treat with sweet maple, apples, peaches and pears, the zest of lemon and the saltiness of toasted nuts. It's a delicious healthy dessert to avoid the autumn gain.
Maple Fruit Compote with Honey-Ginger Toasted Nuts
- 2-3 apples
- 2-3 peaches or pears
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup walnuts, or nuts of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
As we have all learned from Top Chef, it takes a certain kind of training and talent to pull off a great dessert. The world of pastry, confections, chocolate, and sugar is the icing on the cake for any party or special event. The New England Dessert Showcase presented table after table of artfully created treats.
With dozens of vendors from specialized chocolatiers and ice cream makers to established patisiers like Konditor Meister, the exhibits included some of the best of everything. The Brewer's Cow was a popular spot with guests. The Brewer's Cow is all about beer infused ice cream with flavors like Irish Stout, Black and Tan, Double Chocolate Bock, Oatmeal Stout, Ten Penny Beer Nut Parfait, and a seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Stout. Konditor Meister is the standard, having been around for over 20 years, they are a well-established bakery with a portfolio of exceptionally designed cakes. At the showcase, guests were also given a taste (for the eyes and the taste buds) of some of their cakes and smaller tarts and pastries. With completely different roots than the European, more specifically German, traditions that the chefs at Konditor Meister create, Japonaise Bakery sampled some of their refined patisserie. Chef Hiroko Sakan of Japonaise Bakery describes her treats as French with a Japanese twist.
We all have a sweet tooth or weakness for some ooey-gooey dessert. Well, how about sharing that love?
The New England Dessert Showcase is having a get together with restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, frozen desserts, ice cream makers and dessert wine producers with exhibits, performances and samples of their finest dessert creations and you could win tickets.
Joonbug is giving away five pairs of tickets to the New England Dessert Showcase Saturday, September 18th and the Friday, September 17th opening night party.