Admittedly, it’s a dizzying concept: 13 of the best desserts in Manila that I most highly recommend, done by seven of the best home bakers I’ve had the honor of coming across. To those who aren’t proud members of the “cult of the sweet,” it sounds like a toothache of (g)astronomical proportions. But for those of us who pledge allegiance to sugar highs, this event is a utopia.
This sweet morsel of an idea is not mine. The genius goes to Carlos Celdran, he of the now-famous and much-in-demand walking tours of Manila. This “streetwalker” is also an artist who has recently opened up his own art gallery aptly called The Living Room. It’s a space for living in specific senses of the word. Carlos and his assistant, Ria Limjap, have extended an invitation to me to “hold an exclusive dessert event of which you are the curator.” That was how they described it to me, after which I promptly fell off my chair in sheer flattery and terror at the thought of organizing it all.
The event is an afternoon of pasta and finger foods, just enough to pique our appetites. It will be followed by the main course, a parade of desserts, during which I introduce the bakers, and they are:
1. Imelda Go ”“ White Velvet Symphony, Triple Hazelnut Mousse
2. Karen Young ”“ Mixed Cheesecake, Xanadu
3. Sharlene Tan of Qitchen ”“ Carrot Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Banana Cream Pie
4. Dulcelin ”“ Mango Torte
5. Homemade by Roshan ”“ Lemon Torte, Cookies
6. Trina Imperial of Vanilla Bean ”“ Turtle Cake
7. Gerald Gan ”“ Cheesecake, Coffee Crunch Cake
During the event, everyone will have their fill of the various sweet treats, and to fuel the already heightened sugar-wired state we”˜ll all be in, I’ll be raffling off some cakes kindly donated by the bakers for the event. I’m also raffling off five of my favorite food shots blown up to an 8×10 size and framed, ready to hang. Of course dessert is nothing without an accompanying libation, so I’ve procured a coffee sponsor, Cordillera Coffee, which I’ll feature in a few days.
Regular readers of this website will ask me if this is (finally!) the long-awaited and much-asked-for “sugar-holics convention” or “eyeball” (EB), similar to that which Marketman hosted last November and which I attended.
Well, yes and no. In as much as I’d like to make it a free for all, I’m limited to a guest list of 30 people, since Carlos also has a guest list of 30 people. Those interested in attending should email me and I will in turn, reply. The first 30 people whose emails I receive will have a slot reserved for them at the tea party.
The event is on :
Apt. 24, Syquia Apartments,
1991 M.H. del Pilar St.,
At the event itself, confirmed guests must pay P500/head for registration and a chance to win a cake and/or a food photo. I can’t stress enough about emailing me if you want to be there. If your name is not on the list, you can’t be let in. It won’t be fair to the bakers who were told to prepare only for 60 people, and to the people who were denied a slot. Also, if you’ve confirmed that you’ll be there, please PLEASE be there. Don’t say you’ll come and then flake out on us at the last minute. I will hold a running countdown on this website of the remaining number of slots.I’m excited about this event, but I’m even more excited to meet you and introduce you to the some of the most talented bakers and their sweets. Say you’ll be there?