Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Great American Bake Sale Baking Contest March 11 at Cook's Warehouse - Midtown

A great cause, the Great American Bake Sale, is holding a baking contest on March 11 at Cook's Warehouse - Midtown. Professional, amateur and child bakers can enter, and now have until March 5 to enter to win the title of Atlanta's best dessert. Alas my most recent confection, a molten cake I'd made many times before to much success, bombed, so guess my baking isn't quite up to snuff!

Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale® Whips Up
Great American Baking Contest

Pastry Chefs, Adults and Children Compete to Bake Atlanta’s Best Dessert in 3rd Anniversary Event

Atlanta, Ga. (February 23 2010) - Share Our Strength® invites Atlantans to tie on their aprons and join the fun for the Great American Baking Contest on Thursday, March 11, at The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown. Emceed by Q100’s Jenn Hobby, this kickoff event for the seventh annual Great American Bake Sale presented by Domino® Sugar and C&H® will feature professional pastry chefs, amateurs and children vying to win the title for “Atlanta’s Best Dessert.” All proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength, the leading national organization working to end childhood hunger by 2015.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample confectionary creations of some of Atlanta’s best pastry chefs, sip flavorful wines and participate in a silent auction. At the end of the evening, contestants in each group level will be judged on originality, taste and appearance. Atlanta Journal-Constitution food writer John Kessler and Mary Moore, founder and owner of The Cook’s Warehouse, will judge the professionals’ desserts, while Pastry Chefs Jonathan St. Hilaire, chef and owner of Bakeshop and last year’s professional first place winner, Alon Balshan, chef and owner of Alon’s Bakery and Market and Cocoa Barry Chocolate Ambassador and Kathryn King from Aria, will judge the amateur and children’s confections.

The festivities will continue from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Great American Baking Contest general admission costs $25 per person and begins at 7:30 p.m. VIP admission costs $35 and includes a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. with Q100’s Jenn Hobby and a sampling of her own special baked treat. Tickets are also available at www.strength.org/bakingcontest.

Contestant entry fees are $25 for children and amateur bakers and $95 for professionals. First, second and third place bakers will be recognized with prizes including $500 for the first place professional winner and $250 for the first place amateur and child baker, courtesy of Domino’s Sugar. Deadline for all entries is Friday, March 5, 2010, and all entries must include contact information, detailed recipe summary or recipe and the non-refundable, tax-exempt entry fee. To see the full contest rules or to enter, visit www.strength.org/bakingcontest or contact Amy Crowell at acrowell@strength.org or 770.436.5151 for additional information.

Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale®, presented by Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar, is a national campaign that mobilizes Americans to end childhood hunger by holding bake sales in their communities. Funds raised through Great American Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to make sure no child in America grows up hungry. Since 2003, more than 1.7 million people have participated in Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale, raising nearly $6 million. Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is supported by national television partner Food Network and national print partner Family Circle.

Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. By weaving together a net of community groups, activists and food programs, Share Our Strength catches children at risk of hunger and ensures they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. Working closely with the culinary industry, Share Our Strength creates engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, the nation's premier culinary benefit; Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale®, a national grassroots effort; Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit®, a touring dinner series; Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out ®, a week-long program involving thousands of restaurants nationwide; and Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline®, a cooking-based nutrition education program. Visit Strength.org and learn more about our goal of ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.



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