The City’s Best Desserts Unveiled
November 22, 2013
Plaza Colonial Courtyard
TICKETS $60 EACH BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents the creative, culinary-inspired dessert fundraiser Sweet Charity to support arts education and therapeutic arts programs
Sweet Charity, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance fills the elegant courtyard of Plaza Colonial, on the southwest corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, with more than 40 decadent desserts in support of arts education and therapeutic music programs
The event turns into a flavorful night where rows of pastries and stacks of desserts bring more than 400 people to support a taste of art in the city.
2013 SWEET CHARITY PARTICIPANTS
Art Institute Students Meleana Hayes & Shazieh Gor Pumpkin Spice Parfaits
Art Institute Student Janet Hoogasian & Mary Gronback
Butternut Squash Panna Cotta with Cranberry Whipped Cream
Gourmet Girls Pumpkin French bread dipped in dark chocolate ganache topped with spiced roasted pumpkin seeds and Sonoran Pumpkin Pie
Hacienda Del Sol Gianduja Smores
Loews Ventana Canyon Drunk Elvis
Marco's Bakery & Chris' Catering Thanksgiving Through the Eyes of a Pastry Chef and Pie*tite
Splendido Spiced Pecan Flourless Chocolate Torte
Sweetie Pies Chocolate delight bites
Tazzina Di Gelato Triple Berry Sorbetto and Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Gelato
Wonderland Bakeshop Snickerdoodle Cupcake and Caramel Delight Cupcake
Bunz in the Oven Bakery Strawberry Cake Pop and Mexican Chili Chocolate Cake pop
Campus Candy Candy
Coldstone Creamery Mini-Novelties
Bob's Steak & Chop House @ the Omni Tucson National Gelato Carrot Cake Pops
JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa, Chocolate Peanut Caramel Stack and Vernine of Confit Apple,Cinnamo Bavarian, Walnut Crumble ad Salted Carmel
North Italia, Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch
Tavalino Ristorante Italiano Panna Cota ai Frutti di Bosco
The BrushFire BBQ Co. – East Nutella Bake with House Churned 3 Bean Vanilla Ice Cream and BrushFire Ice Creamery Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich
Acacia Acacia cayenne peach strata with vanilla gelato
Le Bon Gateau Nutella, speculous cake truffle with banana mousse
Lovin' Spoonfuls Vegetarian Restaurant German Chocolate Brownie Bars
Feast, caramelized, savory bread pudding studded with cave-aged Gouda cheese
Splendido, Pumpkin Pie Martini
Bob's Steak and Chop House @ The Omni Tucson National, Fireball Hot Chocolate
JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa, The Chocolate Surprise
Tavalino Ristorante Italiano, TBD
The BrushFire BBQ Co. – East, I can't believe it's not Mint Chocolate Chip
North Italia, Desert Wassail
Le Bon Gateau Nutella/banana hot chocolate
Four peaks Brewery featuring Kiltlifter, SunBru Peach Ale, Hopknot
Deschutes Brewery featuring Mirror Pond Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale seasonal
Mudshark and Sleepy Dog Brewery featuring Mudshark Abominable, Full Moon Belgium White, Sleepy Dog Wet Snout Stout, Red Rover Amber Ale
Southern Arizona's largest dessert competition!
Over 50 dessert, cocktail and wine samplings, live music, silent auction, entertainment and more...
2012 WINNERS & EVENT RECAP
Best Baked Dessert - Feast Restaurant - Doug Levy, Kathy Prosser - Pear and Toffee Bread Pudding
Best Creative Cocktail
Best Fruit Based Cocktail
2012 Best Overall Presentation
2012 PRESS RELEASE
Southern Arizona's largest dessert competition comes to Tucson
Join Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance for a sweet, culinary-inspired dessert fundraiser to support arts education and therapeutic arts program
Taste something even sweeter than dessert this fall – sampling a mix of decadent treats to support local charity.
Southern Arizona's largest dessert competition, Sweet Charity, will serve more than 50 desserts, cocktail and wine samplings, live music, silent auction, merchant specials and entertainment.
This sugar-coated event will take place Friday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Plaza Colonial shopping center outdoor courtyard, southwest corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue in the Tucson Foothills.
Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, tickets are $55 per person with proceeds supporting educational and therapeutic arts programs in Arizona.
Showcasing the positive effects of arts education in the community, the Falcon Steel Drum Band from Catalina Foothills High School will perform during the event, and students from the Arts Institute will get the chance to create and display their best sweets for the competition.
Whether baked, chilled, frozen, chocolaty, fruity, full of candy or sweet and salty, attendees can sample a parade of pastries, cocktails and wine and vote on their favorite recipes.
Restaurants will be judged on Best Overall Presentation, Most Creative and the grand prize, Sweetest of the Sweet award.
Participants include the Le Cordon Bleu graduate chef of Marco's Patisserie who has been recognized in places around the world, such as the Bellagio Hotel and Casino; Grandma Santi’s Biscottini, creating an old-world cookie recipe brought from Italy in 1908; and Spectator Magazine award-winning wine list restaurant Pastiche.
Eateries can still apply for this delicious treat.
WINERIES - Hops & Vines, Vinocopia & Wilhelm Family VineyardsParticipants
Art Institute Students
Janet Hoogasian and Meleana Hayes