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SWEET victory for Doughnut Plant | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Time for sweet seduction at one of the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s most thrilling events. So what if I just stuffed face at Burger Bash? This girl has never met a dessert that she didn’t have room for. Bring on Godiva SWEET, a treats-celebrating evening extravaganza hosted by Food Network’s Sandra Lee

  1. Doughnut Plant\'s crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly doughnuts were crowd favorites
  2. Food Network\'s Semi-Homemade chef Sandra Lee hosted the sweet soiree
  3. db Bistro Moderne\'s plum gelée delice with ricotta mousse, poundcake & candied corn
  4. The Stanton Social\'s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée was bursting with fall flavors
  5. Sprinkles created a darling display for their mini red velvet and pumpkin cupcakes
  6. The Harrison\'s sinfully delicious sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard & orange
  7. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s cinnamon cheesecake with roasted figs (photo: SeriousEats)
  8. The Blue Stove topped assorted mini pies with Godiva dark chocolate pearls and lemon
  9. Mark Israel savored the sweet taste of victory for his Doughnut Plant delights. Congrats!

The sprawling space at 82 Mercer was filled with tables upon tables of decadent desserts and confections from renowned NYC restaurants and celebrated pastry chefs. Perrier-Jouët flowed freely as the sugar-obsessed crowd sampled delicacies to satisfy every type of sweet tooth—from chocolates, cookies and cupcakes, to pies, pops and pralines.

Seasonal flavors shined in The Stanton Social’s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée, Locanda Verde’s cranberry spice cake with mascarpone gelato, and Gotham Bar and Grill’s cinnamon cheesecake with port-roasted figs—hands down one of the night’s best. Other favorites included crispy Godiva chocolate praline pops from Jean Georges pastry maven Johnny Iuzzini, sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard from The Harrison, and Park Avenue Autumn’s aged goat cheese mousse with caramelized apples.

At the end of this ambrosial affair, Doughnut Plant was named the Godiva fan favorite for their doughy crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly buns. Friday’s fifth annual SWEET left me in a sugar-filled state of bliss, and knowing that event proceeds will benefit Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength was just icing on the cake.

Until we sweet again…

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Let Them Eat Cake! SoBe 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 06:02 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

After filling up on plenty of barbecue at BubbleQ, my evening continued at the Festival’s elaborate 10th anniversary celebration—Let Them Eat Cake sponsored by Moët Hennessy USA. The architectural marvel known as 1111 Lincoln Road, a beautiful open-air parking garage/event space, provided a sexy backdrop for what would be the hottest party of the weekend.

Let Them Eat Cake’s sexy crimson colored atmosphere

There was never a dull moment during this spectacular all-desserts affair, hosted by culinary legends Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse. Awe-inspired guests watched live ice sculpture carvings, witnessed high-flying aerialists fill their flutes with bubbly and rubbed elbows with Wylie Dufresne, Alain Ducasse, Gail Simmons, Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and a slew of other celebs and culinary personalities. Duff Goldman and the Ace of Cakes crew demoed proper fondant techniques, Danny Meyer handed out milkshakes from Shake Shack, and the dynamic hosting duo presented founder Lee Schrager with a touching video tribute—it was quite an entertaining evening to say the least.


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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

Autumn has officially fallen on the Big Apple and to celebrate the harvest season, I enjoy filling up my kitchen with the warm, comforting smells of fall-inspired treats. For my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes, I zest up creamy pumpkin with a blend of savory spices, mix in chopped walnuts for added texture and top each little cake with a dollop of my Cream Cheese icing (recipe below) before decorating. I hope these pumpkin-y goodies become one of your new fall favorites. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBLS vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


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