Thursday, September 24, 2009

Swirl Events' Wine & Dessert Tasting

I was born with an insatiable sweet-tooth and in recent years I have developed a weakness for wine, so when I heard about Swirl Events' Wine & Dessert Tasting I signed up immediately. The tasting was held last night ten floors above 28th street in AVEvenue's event loft. I was a picture of gluttony as I happily over-indulged on sugary confections and wine (paired specifically for each dessert by Swirl Events' friendly proprietor, Anu Karwa). Six different dessert artisans were on hand to share and discuss their latest creations.

Gourmetibles (
Each variety of Gourmetibles' ("The Candy That Thinks It's A Cookie") treats begins with a cracker, cookie or pretzel, followed by a layer of toffee, and ends with a topping that may combine chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, marshmallows or a peppermint candy (limited holiday edition). Gourmetibles' two founders, Anne and Regina, served three delicious flavors: Naked In The Dark, Why Not White, and their most recent addition, Peace O' Pecan.

Liddabit Sweets (
Liz Gutman and Jen King of Liddabit Sweets utilize fresh, local ingredients when preparing their products. As a result, the company's product list is printed with a caveat - selections change seasonally and from week-to-week. Event-goers got a taste of Liddabit's changing menu last night with the debut of the Dorie Bar, my favorite dessert of the night.

Gotham Cookies (
Michelle Sarivole of Brooklyn based Gotham Cookies attended last night's event and shared her crunchy Almond Butter cookie. An organic bakery, Gotham Cookies produces cookies and brownies that are subsequently shipped to dessert lovers in eco-friendly packaging.

Roni-Sue's Chocolates (
Roni-Sue's Chocolates' hand-made chocolates are crafted from real fruit and natural flavors. Chocolatiere Rhonda Kave let guests sample decadent espresso and portly fig truffles. The truffles, along with other specialties like pig candy (chocolate-covered bacon), are sold out of her shop located in the Essex Street Market. Swirl Events poured a Montepulciano from Ruffino's Lodola Nuova Estate- a perfect complement to the truffles.

WannaHavaCookie (
WannaHavaCookie's cookies, bars, and whoopie pies are hand-mixed in small batches to ensure the highest quality. Marisa Angebranndt, WannaHavaCookie's charismatic baker, shared an outstanding chocolate chip cookie and chocolate whoopie pie with chocolate filling.

Sweet Muse (
Laura Siner, the creator of Sweet Muse, brought beautifully packaged brownies and blondies to the Wine & Dessert Tasting. I ended the night by sampling her moist, rich espresso and deep dark double fudge brownies- pure bliss.

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