Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hail to the SugaChef!

You may have noticed that we have quite a few blogs devoted to cakes, cupcakes, and various forms of sugar. We're big fans. My assistant, Alison, knows more about cupcakes in the D.C. area than anyone over the age of eight probably should. She can tell you who has the best cake to icing ratio, who has the best red velvet in town and who is out of their mind for serving cold cupcakes. It's both impressive and scary. But at Engaging Affairs not only do we value such knowledge, we embrace it. Which is why I was so thrilled when Padua from SugaChef contacted me about his boutique dessert business.

Padua has created wedding cakes and pastry for one of the area's top caterers so I knew his work very well already (and liked it a lot). But when he brought over a selection of his desserts for me to sample, from cookies to tarts to cheesecake, I was blown away. It's hard to pick a favorite but the bread pudding was surprisingly addictive for something that looked so simple and the apple tart was beautiful and delicious. His cookies were so yummy and the perfect size for an almost guilt-free treat.

We love finding new talent in the event world and Padua is definitely one to watch. He can turn out a fabulous wedding cake and then wow guests with lots of tiny treats (including the ubiquitous cupcake). And since I think hors d'oeuvres and dessert are the best parts of any meal, Padua's amazing confections are right up my alley!