I recently attended the Pastry Chef Showcase hosted as a fundraiser for L’Arche Calgary and held every other year in Calgary.
The tickets were about $75 per person and included a whole evening of delectable dessert tastings offered from 13 pastry chefs through out Alberta as well as wine, spirits and beer tastings with a side of breads and cheeses to cleanse your palate.
Held this year at Heritage Parks Gasoline Alley the event venue felt grand right from the get go. Greeted with a champagne reception and viewing of some beautiful chocolate sculptures the evening had begun. Although I don’t have a huge sweet tooth the beautiful smell of chocolate as you wandered through made it hard not to reach in and break off a taste!
With a whole hall full of sweet offerings the question was where to start. The plates were all beautifully presented and the imagination of the chefs know no bounds. Some of the plates included lavendar and chickpea meringue and banana sponge with caramel corn. Pearls of every shape and size made from all kinds of amazing flavours, passion fruit caviar, blue berry pearls and even sage pearls!
I have to admit that after about 6 samplings I started to have the sugar shakes. Time for a break with some wine, bread and cheese to break up the sweets. As this event was a fund raiser this was a great time to explore the available silent auction items.
The chocolate work and attention to detail really was amazing to see. Little mini pic-nic baskets full of cream and fruit with chocolate basket covers, basket handle and even a mini bumble bee hanging on for the ride.
Back to tastings, I managed to make it through about 9 of the 13 desserts before I had to give in but I gave it a heck of a try! Not having a huge sweet tooth I found my two favorite desserts were a bit more on the savoury side. From The Nash was a fresh carrot gelato sitting on a chocolate genache with sage pearls and aerated chocolate and from Fiasco Gelato a pineapple sponge cake with rosemary and Guava Rosemary gelato.
At the end of the evening all of the people’s choice award votes were counted with the big prize going to the team from SAIT and their Myer Lemon vanilla bean mousse with basil sponge on top of a Streusel cookie.
Another interesting and amazing evening that was proof that not all gastronomical amazements are savoury. I would give this event a two thumbs up and suggest you watch for it again in 2018.
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