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UPDATE:  Congrats to Pat Sinclair, who won the ticket to Getting Our Just Desserts! threw off the number 7, and Pat was the 7th qualified entry. It had nothing to do with her chocolate cheesecake dessert, although doesn’t that sound delicious? Thanks to all who entered!

Mark your calendar for November 19th for Phoenix’s annual Getting Our Just Desserts celebration.

Want a ticket? I’m giving one away.

But first, why am I telling you about an event that isn’t taking place until November 19?

One: I never pass up an opportunity to support the Valley’s women chefs, caterers and farmers.

Two: I love dessert. I live for dessert. In fact, I write a monthly column about dessert for PHOENIX Magazine.

Three: The beneficiary of this event is C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), which supports high school culinary students through various programs, including providing scholarships to culinary schools.

Four: If you buy a ticket before September 30th, you can save $5 off the ticket price.

Five: Since I’m a big fan of C-CAP, I bought a ticket to the event to give away. There are strings attached.

1.) You should be able to go to the event on November 19. See details below for location and time.

2.) You must leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite dessert.

3.) You really should read the fine print.

Fine Print:
I’ll pick a random comment from all qualified comments received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 30th. Your comment must be cast on THIS post. If you comment on another post, your name will NOT go into the hat. Not that I don’t appreciate any and all comments on any post, but to get into this random drawing, you have to comment on THIS post. Only one entry per person (but you can list as many desserts as you’d like. Seriously, who has only one favorite dessert?) No alternate entry is valid. Whining, complaining and blatant brown-nosing (although appreciated) will not improve your chances. I’ll notify the winner on Saturday, October 1, and update this post with the winning entry.

The line-up of 30 women chefs and caterers (and at least one farmer!) is a who’s who of Valley leaders: Charleen Badman (FnB); Country Velador (Cowboy Ciao); Amy Binkley (Binkley’s & Cafe Bink); Samantha Sharrar (elements at Sanctuary); Chrysa Robertson (Rancho Pinot); Chantal Hause (Fabulous Food); and Maya Dailey (Maya’s Farm)… just to name a few.

Please don’t miss this sweet event… even if you don’t win a ticket, consider supporting our women culinary leaders and C-CAP.

What: Getting Our Just Desserts
When: November 19, 2011, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Art Institute of Phoenix, 2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix
Why: Proceeds go to C-CAP’s scholarship fund
Tickets: $30 before Sept 30; $35 after Sept 30,
event code justdesserts11

Now… to enter to win a ticket to this sugar-fest … tell me, what’s your favorite dessert?

I’ll go first…. pie…any pie, I’m not really picky.


14 replies
    • Gwen Ashley Walters
      Gwen Ashley Walters says:

      Barb… I think I love you! Great dessert list! And somehow I left Tracy Dempsey off the list, but she WILL be there!

  1. Natalie Morris
    Natalie Morris says:

    Not in any particular order:

    1. Sticky Toffee Pudding
    2. just a bite or three of 65% chocolate, preferably with almonds and a glass of port or amaro
    3. birthday cake

  2. Erin
    Erin says:

    Honestly, ANYTHING with butter and sugar in it! A few favorites that come to mind… chocolate souffle from Zinc Bistro, apple strudel (with fresh whipped cream of course), pumpkin pie, flan, and sticky toffee pudding from St. Francis.

  3. Yvette
    Yvette says:

    Red Velvet cake done right…super moist, with dark chocolate chips and a not-too-sweet, perfectlty whipped cream cheese frosting. Oh, and a glass of merlot to go with it.

  4. Nikki B.
    Nikki B. says:

    My mother’s peach cobbler & Charleen’s butterscotch pudding are tied for first place. Also, anything at Rancho Pinot, the turron at Iruna, chocolate butter bread pudding at Cornish Pasty, unfrosted brownies, pumpkin, pecan, cherry and coconut cream pie . . . I could go on and on but now I’m craving something sweet!

  5. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    My favorite dessert of all time is one that Chrysa used to make: a crispy pecan thing (!) topped with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. It was an amazing combination of sweet,crunchy and creamy, warm and cold. I still think about it even though I haven’t had it in years. Next to that I’d say ice cream. Like you with pie….just give me ice cream. Lots of ice cream. Lots of flavors in one bowl. Maybe topped with (yes, I know it’s disgusting and how UNfoodie of me to like it but…) magic shell.

  6. The Food Hunter
    The Food Hunter says:

    I’m a dessert freak..I swear I only eat dinner to get to dessert. My favorite is simple chocolate cake with chocolate Butter cream frosting. Next would be Nutella pound cake…followed by ricotta pound cake and then butterscotch bars…I told you I LOVE dessert :). Thanks for a great contest!

  7. Rodney
    Rodney says:

    Well cheesecake, but also Tiramisu, and brownies, and ice cream, and if somehow all of those are on my plate together somehow, well then I die a happy man.


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