The annual New England Dessert Showcase was held in Boston at the Westin Copley Place on Saturday, September 18, 2010. This event gave visitors, whether for business or pleasure, the chance to enjoy desserts, chocolates, ice cream and more. Whether looking to network or do business with local catering companies, restaurants, bakers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, or a variety of people within the industry, or just looking to sample different desserts, thousands joined together for this event.
This unfortunately caused for lines to get in and long lines at each table. There were also a few tables, that only one hour into the event, were no longer giving out samples or were only selling their sweets. In addition, guests were confused by the choice of vendors, with chiropractors, handbags, and other random tables set up next to what everyone was there to see, the creative and talented bakers and the chance to taste snacks from around the area.
A highlight of the event though was seeing and tasting the World’s Largest Boston Cream Pie! A creation of the event production company Anthem’s creative team, along with members of the culinary program at Southern New Hampshire University, the pie was said to weigh over three tons and over fifteen feet in diameter. With just a donation of a couple of dollars, you could enjoy as much of this massive local favorite as you wanted, all for a good cause. The proceeds went to Anthem partner and local charities: Boston Children’s Chorus, Children’s Trust Fund and CHOSA, and any remaining portions were donated to Greater Boston area homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
Event goers were also given the chance to see some of the top pastry chefs in the country in action at the Chef’s Table – Live! The main stage included appearances, on the hour, from four participating chefs. What better way to learn a new recipe or technique then to see it first hand with a live cooking demonstration from a professional.
Though there were some issues getting a taste of the desserts, there were a few stand out companies. Melting Pot had their tasty chocolate fondue, offering guests a taste of a chocolate dipped strawberry, rice krispie treat, and marshmallow. Konditor Meister had tiramisu, carrot cake, and other delightful treats. The Brewers Cow had beer inspired ice cream, such as Guinness and Samuel Adams Stout ice creams available to sample. There were definitely a few good things about the event, but many improvements could have been made.