Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Beer sweets

Beer and chocolate? You bet!

Actually, nearly 50 pastry chefs and chefs from the D.C. created special pastries, chocolates, and non-sweet desserts, last evening, at the annual gala fundraiser and silent auction —Sweet Charity— to benefit the Heart of American Foundation and its literacy programs.

From its website:

[Heart of America] combine[s] character education, literacy, and service learning. We are a national,nonsectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit, humanitarian organization

Clipper City brought four of its beers. Our friends from Capitol City Brewing Company were there as well, with a tasty Belgian-style Pale.

During the evening, I met up with "chocolate artist" Eric Johnson of Krishon Chocolates. He and I had collaborated last year on a beer and chocolate tasting.

The gala included a fashion show in which models wore outfits of chocolate and pastry. Eric worked with wives of several Washington Wizards players (DC's pro basketball team), applying chocolate as their costumes.

Hearing that their husbands had stood close by, observing, I asked Eric how he had proceeded.

"Carefully!" he replied.

The theme of the show was 'fairy tales'. Here's a model 'dressed' as Ariel the Little Mermaid. Her costume is all pastry and sugar, as created by Something Extra Cakery.

Something Extra Cakery

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