by Kikanza Harris
We’re suckers for a good dessert so you can imagine our excitement about heading to the Chicago Urban Art Society to attend A Charitable Confection, a dessert cocktail party created by Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes.
Jocelyn, a fabulous baker in her own right rounded up some of the city’s best sweets and pastry makers to create an evening that included cake pops as passed hors d’oeuvres, tastings of gourmet taffy apples, limoncello spiked pudding, organic fruit preserves and other sweet samples from around Chicago.
If an elevated twist on tradition is more your speed, then how about strawberry and crème cake push-up pops or salted caramel, and Tabasco cotton candy.
Even the beverages were beyond the ordinary with unique combinations from orange-jasmine-nutmeg and lime-hibiscus-clove, from Joia All Natural Sodas. The taste was big on flavor but not overly sweet, which we’re thinking will make a great addition to some new summer cocktail recipes.
And speaking of cocktails, Head Over Heels (Sweet Riesling), We’re Movin’ On Up (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Good Times Good Friends (Pinot Grigio) provided by Love Corkscrew and CH Distillery’s vodka and limoncello, took the event from sweet nostalgia to officially grown-up.
We were like kids in a candy store, and we mean that literally, as we scooped up to-go goodie bags at the candy bar.
But the sweetest part of the evening was that proceeds from A Charitable Confection went to support the youth operated anti-violence organization, Project Orange Tree, a subsidiary of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation.