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Sweet Surrender

on December 3, 2010

Early last month, I got two invites for Sweet Surrender, a dessert expo organized by Goodfellas Production. Most of the event’s participants were food bloggers, photographers, media, and dessert enthusiasts. There were even some VIP guests. [Chef Jackie Laudico of Bistro Filipino, just to name one, was present to judge the dessert creations.] It was actually an intimate event as there were less than ten exhibitors who joined. These ten showcased their decadent treats and shared them through the unlimited bite-sized pieces made available to everyone.

The Sweet Surrender Dessert Expo was held last November 13, at the Sitio Elena Events Place in Taytay, Rizal, a few meters past Valley Golf and Country Club. [Yes, a rather long drive from Parañaque.] The invites I got [for free] included a buffet dinner and free-flowing drinks [alcoholic and non-alcoholic] courtesy of Bardeli’s Deli-Liquor Mart plus all access to the sweets. For those without invites, regular tickets were sold at P1,200 complete with buffet dinner and drinks.

The venue was lovely. The music, lighting, and entire arrangement made the elegant garden setting even more beautiful. The hosts started the program by welcoming everyone. Immediately after, the exhibitors were introduced and recognized. A band named Coffee Club serenaded us with jazzy hits from the 80s and 90s as we all roam the place for dinner, drinks, and, of course, desserts. Photographers were the first ones to flock the infinity table where the desserts were displayed.

Here’s a peek into the buffet scene. Notice that Sunrise Buckets also took part in the event by providing mouth-watering Buffalo wings. Were you able to see the liquor station at the far corner?

[To view and control the photo slideshows you need to have Flash Player 9 or newer installed.]

Now let’s move on to the stars of the show! 🙂 First ones on display were from Dragonfly Desserts. I was particularly delighted with their Chocodamia [chocolate + macadamia] Cookies and Almond-Cappuccino Bars, which I practically “taste-tested” 5 times. Haha! Their specialty, however, was the Wicked Bites — mini chocolate-chili cupcakes. Upon learning what those were, Francis and I grabbed two ‘bites’ each. It was super moist and rich. The only thing was, I found it a tad spicy. Francis, on the other hand, loved it. Dragonfly Desserts sells them at P265 for a box of 18. Other interesting creations were the Tomato Kesong Puti Tart and the Apple-Cheese Tart.

Chef Laudico also shared some of her dessert offerings.

Flourless Belgian Chocolate Cake [P98]

Gigi Gaerlan of Gigi’s Custaroons was more than willing to let every participant have a taste of her creations. A custaroon [custard + macaroon] is a deliciously unique combination of smooth and creamy flan topped with a chewy, buttery crust. The sweet scent of her goodies wafted through the air she opened a boxful and handed some to us. She also makes poppers. These are balls of the same coconut-y flan coated with cocoa powder. On first sight, you might think they’re truffles. Gigi’s poppers come in various flavors which include cheese and green tea.

Desserts Avenue owns the booth next to Gigi’s. It prides itself in producing quality customized cakes and other pastries. I really thought that the Spongebob burger cake was too cute! 🙂 What do you think? The revel bars and the blueberry cheesecake satisfied my sweet tooth. Francis was partial to the choco-chip cookies and the cupcakes.

Next is a stall of boxed-goodies-for-a-cause. The High School Cook Book aims to generate funds in order to provide education opportunities to the youth who cannot afford to pay for school. For sale were macaroons, tarts, pastillas, and other homemade treats.

Ernaline’s Food Haven is a venture of Chef Ernaline Go after having been inspired to create the diverse dessert favorites of her family. Included in the expo were her crinkles, fudge brownies, leche flan, and revel bars.

Muffins by Doris presented its cakes, custards, rolls, and special cookies like the lengua de gato. Since Francis and I weren’t able to sample the items, there’s no way I could describe how they tasted like. The packaging was well thought out, though, making the sweets seemingly enticing.

Last, but not the least, was MedChef by Chef Hasset Go. His creations, for me, were the most interesting among the bunch. The mere sight of the Banana Cream Pie and Flourless White Chocolate Mango Torte tugged at my tummy, simultaneously putting my salivary glands to work mode all of a sudden. We were given plastic spoons and the freedom to scoop out chunks from all his goodies. I especially adored the Bread Pudding Creme Brulee, freshly torched by the chef. Francis favored the Coffee Kahlua Gateau more. There were lots of others that we didn’t get to try like the Cream Puffs, the Molten Chocolate Decadence, the White Chocolate Fondue Cheesecake with Snickers, and those cupcakes. People crowded in as soon as he started giving out his baked goods. We didn’t want to worm through the throng so we just settled on taking pictures.

I’m hoping for a similar event that could be made better by featuring more exhibitors and treats. It would also be a plus if foodie events such as this would be held somewhere in the Metro. From what I heard, a number of people missed the expo because of the venue. Taytay is just too far. 😦

the boxes that said, “Thank you for coming!”

The desserts featured in the expo may be the perfect Yuletide gifts. For inquiries and orders, just please click on the exhibitors’ names above and you will be directed to their official sites/online stores.

The whole trip to Taytay all the way from the South was, in all honesty, a major hassle. [I forgot to state that the event required a dress code and we were in semi-formal. :-|] But what I had was a night of saccharine overload, free food, and overflowing booze spent with my better half so I have to say it was all worth it in the end. Smiley I want to wrap-up this post with a quote from Erma Bombeck, one of my favorite American humorists: “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”



2 responses to “Sweet Surrender

  1. Agnes DC says:

    I was suppose to attend that event all the way from Subic but due to conflict of schedule with photography photoshoot I missed all the dessert and the alcohol.. hehe
    thanks for posting photos…:)

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