September 28, 2008

Macy's Passport 2008

Dolce & Gabbana? Oscar de la Renta? Gucci? What about Chanel? NOPE! Instead San Francisco fashion day gets Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Ed Hardy. Again, I repeat, Ed Hardy. Tacky-tattoo-art-on-your-shirt-instead-of-your-skin for $187 Ed Hardy. Needless to say, no couture here but I cant complain...  its all for charity. 

In over 26 years Macy's Passport has raised awareness and donated more than $27 million towards saving lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. And for years Home Restaurant has participated in catering the event but this time I took the helm. I decided to create 700 bite-sized variations of desserts I've featured on my menu: New York Style Cheesecake with Dried Cherry Compote and Citrus Bars with Vanilla Meringue (Lemon Meringue Pie).

Fortunately Michael, Lauren and I had a chance to view most of the show, taste some sweets and watch the Jabawockeez perform- OMG.

Desserts for Macy's Passport created September.18.2008

Tan Wedding

Designing a wedding cake is usually a months long process in which the cake designer collaborates with the groom-and-bride-to-be to create a unique cake that best expresses the theme and feel of the wedding with the given budget. But sometimes that process happens over a few days. This cake from conception to birth took only 2 weeks, if that.

Classic Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Bean Custard, 
Sliced Strawberries and Vanilla Buttercream

Bryant knew exactly what he wanted when he contacted through our mutual friend, Robin. A Cherry Blossom, "Strawberry Shortcake" for 200 guests for his brother's wedding- I mean, cake for a gift? Is there a better gift?!

Photos Courtesy of Jerome Tobias. Hey Jerome, this is my favorite shot- you rock!

The Cakemonger in action! How's my technique?

Tan Wedding Cake was created September.20.2008