#129 – Support Hands On Atlanta and Celebrate Their 20th Birthday at the Birthday Bash Cake-Off – Saturday, June 19, 2010

The popularity of “real” reality TV shows centered around chefs and cooking (Top Chef/Top Chef Masters, Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, honds-on-atlanta-20th-birthday-bash-cake-off-defoor-center-1710-defoor-ave-nw-atlanta-gaHell’s Kitchen…to name a few) have sparked an interest and fascination in the U.S. with cooking and food. I, for one, am fascinated by the culinary world. I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, because I don’t consider myself that educated when it comes to the culinary arts and food – I am more of an aspiring foodie, a devoted fan.

Whether you are a true foodie – or just a wannabe – there is an exciting event today that you won’t want to miss. Hands On Atlanta is celebrating its 20th birthday with a Cake-Off – a unique gathering of the top pastry chefs in Atlanta competing to create spectacular, awe-inspiring cakes. Participating chefs and bakeries include: The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, The Cake Closet, Edible Greetings, Lynlee Cakes and Apple Butter Bakery.

There are two events today: first, there is a special Spectator Exhibition from 2:00 until 5:00 PM. Tickets for this portion of the day are only $10 per person, and kids 12 and under are FREE. (Spectator tickets are good for admission ONLY between 2:00 and 5:00 PM.) The Birthday Bash is from 7:00 until 10:00 PM and includes scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, a Silent Auction with specially commissioned original art, travel and kitchen packages and more, and of course, the Cake-Off! Tickets to the Birthday Bash are $65.00 each (and if you’d like to attend a special fine wine tasting reception, including a meet and greet with the chefs, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, you can purcahse Patron Level Tickets at $125.00 each). All proceeds benefit Hands On Atlanta, which supports and coordinates volunteer opportunities for more than 400 community-based agencies and schools throughout metro Atlanta.

The judges for the Cake-Off are just as exciting as the pastry chefs themselves, including Jovita Moore of WSB-TV; Alon Balshan, owner of Alon’s Bakery & Market ; Ceasar Mitchell, Atlanta City Council President, Mary Moore, founder and CEO of Cook’s Warehouse, and Elizabeth Moore, president of Green Olive Media. Technical judges include area bloggers and food experts Chris Arpante (Mele Cotte), Angie Dudley (Bakerella), and Tami Hardeman (Running with Tweezers).

I have to give special thanks to Chris Arpante of MeleCotte – I won a pair of tickets to the event from her blogsite and am really looking forward to being an up-close-and-personal culinary admirer, rather than a fan-from-afar. Hope to see you there!

WHERE: Hands On Atlanta Cake-Off at Defoor Center – 1710 Defoor Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA

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