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NYCWFF: SWEET

NYCWFF SWEET 2010




NYCWFF SWEET 2010, a set on Flickr.

After a night of great food and wine, whom better than Godiva to satisfy your late night sweet tooth? Presenting the NYC Wine & Food Festival's aptly named "SWEET" event hosted by Food Networks resident dessert gurus, Ace of Cakes Duff Goldman & Semi-Homemade's Sandra Lee.

Upon entrance to La Venue, the confectionery conclave was revealed. SWEET! SWEET! SWEETNESS! were the only words I could conjure-up as I set my eyes on the dreamy desserts that filed the rooms. Okay, this event is no joke! Binging on beautiful, gooey, sticky cakes, pies, pastries and chocolate brings out a sense of power only a childlike innocence can evoke. So, I summoned up my inner child and put'em into warp speed!

But first, a little bubbly. Perrier-Jouet champagne was served in keepsake Waterford Crystal flutes. From there, the sucrose rush was on! I scurried through the rooms as only my 9 year old self would, grabbing the prettiest and stickiest looking desserts and indulging. Did I mention there were also eye-candy go-go dancers on scene shaking their own sugar to sweet tunes.

This really is a party like no other; adults run a muck their allowing their sweet tooth to lead the way towards every New York City restaurant's interpretations of the perfect desserts prepared masterfully by thier pastry chefs.
Everything from Gummy Bears (Dylan's Candy Bar), Salted Margarita & Gimmie S'more pies (Hill Country Chicken),
Assorted Cupcakes & Cookies (Billy's Bakery), Affogato Float with Ameretti Cookies (A Voce),
Dark Chocolate Cremeux/Burnt Orange Meringue/Chicory Ice Cream (Le Bernardin),
Sweet Potato Cheescake/Toasted Marshmallow/Pickled Cranberry/Candied Pecans (Colicchio and Sons)

Kahlua was on hand making coffee Martinins and Khalua flavored ice coffees for those who wanted some caffeine with a kick!

The nights winner of the SWEETest Challenge went to Clinton Street Baking Co. (yes, thee of delicious pancake fame) with their warm pear upside down cake, pecan ice cream, caramel sauce & pecan brittle yumminess. They really did deserve to win. Somehow I scarffed down almost three of those bad boys! Deeeelicious!

As if the crowd wasn't already on a high, Chef/Culinary Rock Star Guy Fieri showed up to lend support to Duff Goldman to the mob scene of fans delight, and sample some cake being dished out by the Ace of Cakes crew.

Spotted chatting in the VIP lounge, Lee Schrager, Chef Anne Burrell, Debbie, Mazar & Bethany Frankel.

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