Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 2:09 PM
There were so many fantastic sweets at the Friday night "America's Hometown Sweets" kickoff party for this year's FOODFEST in New Orleans, but no one who has attended in previous years will be surprised to know that the show was stolen by the spectacular cake brought by Melissa Bailey. The po-boy, grilled cheese, fried chicken, et. al. atop it were so realistic that they practically exuded savory perfume. But of course, they, too, were cake.
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding: Better than Ever
If you have eaten at Cafe Reconcile, our partner at FOODFEST, you might have sampled the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding they make. It's one of the best desserts in the city. So, needless to say, we were skeptical when the folks at SWERVE (the natural, non-sugar sweetener) teamed with Cafe Reconcile to make a sugar-free version. Guess what? It was every bit as good as -- maybe better -- than the original, and so healthful that we weren't the least bit bashful about having second helpings. We are thrilled that SWERVE has now become a FOODFEST sponsor, and we really look forward to seeing what they cook up next year!
And Of Course There Were Turtles
The best turtles! from Turtle Alley in Gloucester, Mass:
Banana Pudding, Anyone?
John Besh's August was represented at the Friday night event by an astonishing deconstructed banana pudding with peanut butter powder:
Ohio sent two very different sweets to the Friday night event.
Popcorn Balls from The Humphrey Company in Cleveland:
And from the West Point Market in Akron, Killer Brownies:
And so, so much more, including NOLA's best coffee...
... Cafe au lait from Morning Call: