- the view from the tunnel
- Little pies from Hill Country Chicken
- Duff Goldman holding Guy Fieri back
- Sandra Lee
- Michael Laiskonis
- Park Avenue Autumn's chocolate lolipops
- Dylan Lauren of Dylan's Candy Bar
- The team from the Gramercy Tavern
- Absinthe cocktails
- The dessert from Colicchio & Sons was finished with a blow torch
- Go-Go dancers
- A dessert tower
- Culinary whiz-kid Greg Grossman with the team from Pichet Ong's Spot
Last night was the big dessert throwdown at the NYWFF, Sweet, co-hosted by cake man Duff Goldman and semi-scary Sandra Lee who spent the whole night gladhanding, signing books, and posing for picture after picture. The crowd was filled with a lot of rich-looking ladies, and the men who love them, the bubbly was flowing, there were go-go dancers, Katy Perry's "California Gurls" was played many, many times, and Guy Fieri was everywhere.
The big People's Choice prize went to the Clinton Street Baking Co.'s warm pear upside-down cake with pecan ice cream and caramel, and rightly so: it was the most dynamic dish served last night. Other notable desserts included the Gramercy Tavern's chocolate and mint sandwich and Michael Laiskonis' (Le Bernardin) dark chocolate custard with burnt orange meringue and chicory ice cream. The oddest entry of the night was the chocolate and eggplant torte served by the team from Mario Batali's Del Posto.
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