I wish the pictures on my camera phone were better lit so I could at least show you the amazing variety of desserts at this weekend's Food Network Wine and Food Festival.
The lucky girl that I am, I signed up to volunteer at the festival and was assigned to the SWEET event, a dessert version of the festival's Grand Tasting. Featuring a champagne room, a Kahlua bar, and samples of decadent treats from high-end restos, like chocolate-covered olive oil gelato balls from Del Posto and sweet goat cheese mousse with raspberry gelee from Park Avenue Autumn, to more commercial names and their dessert offerings, like samples of chocolate truffles from event sponsor Godiva and pomegranate baklava from beverage maker POM. Vegans were even treated to chocolate chip cookies from Babycakes. I, for one, shared a giggle with another volunteer about how all the model-wannabe men working for Godiva apeared way too slender to be working for a chocolatier!
Taking tickets at the door was a small, but sweet, price to pay for free admission and so many wonderful desserts. If you've got a serious sweet tooth, this event is a must for you next year!
And, if you can't wait until then, the Chocolate Show is the last weekend of October :)