Chilean Olive Oil Council / Puro Chile Store Pastry Contest
I had so much fun a few nights ago at the Puro Chile Store in Soho – a place one can actually enjoy anytime for all it’s Chilean and South American goodies.
Ryan D’Agostino, the articles editor at Esquire Magazine invited me to be a judge along with the noted food blogger Elizabeth Gunnison for a pastry contest where noted NYC chefs created with the caveat that their dessert had to involve Chilean olive oil. Hardly a hardship. Say that 5x fast.
Another muggy, rainy night in NYC but we were comforted by several glasses of a lovely Chilean Rose and a great crowd of people all there to show support for Share Our Strength.
Eight super talented pastry chefs offered their confections while Ryan, Liz and I got to stroll around, ballot in one hand, wine in the other and mouths agape at the bounty. Represented were Olives, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Delicatessen, Baked By Butterfield, Tu-Lu’s gluten free bakery, The Naughty Housewife, Isabelle’s Curly Cakes and of course Puro Chile – the fabulous co-hosts for the event.
Here’s a sampling of the desserts and the winners. Though just like ‘it’s an honor to be nominated’, everyone really was a winner. We were asked to vote based on presentation, creativity with the oil and overall taste. All were quite lovely though there wasn’t quite as much pushing the boundaries as I might have enjoyed. So, we had a tie for the honors (the audience vote matched one of our choices) because we felt they really had the best expression of taste blended with oil style.
Sadly I missed getting a photo of Tu-Lu’s gluten free olive oil doughnuts…
The two winners: Delicatessen and Puro Chile! And Justin Racz, the gracious organizer of the event making the introductions…
The true winner of course…
Chilean olive oil rocks. Italy move over. And Puro-Chile wines and adjacent store have so many items to offer. Those will be covered in a future interview with the friendly CEO, Mauricio Banchieri Carter. Meanwhile, I’m still benefiting from my take home bag of sweets and generosity.
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*Header photo by Angela Carbonetti / http://www.angelacarbonetti.com