SWEET CHARITY 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 6-8:30 pm
Columbia Pipeline Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Tickets Available NOW!
Click the image to order yours TODAY! Tickets are $25 per person and each ticket comes with ONE People's Choice Award vote! Tickets also available at Taylor Books.
All monies raised from this event benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
What is Sweet Charity?!
Sweet Charity is a light-hearted, friendly dessert competition, pitting area confectioners and chefs against one another as they vie for top honors. Our panel of Celebrity Judges will select winners in three categories: Presentation, Creativity, and Taste.
Every ticket holder gets to have their say, as well, and one entrant will win the sure-to-be-coveted People's Choice award. During the evening, we'll have live music, door prize opportunities, lots of laughter, and maybe a surprise or two!
A great big ENORMOUS thank you to our generous #BeTheCookie sponsors for Sweet Charity 2016!
Bill & Kelsey Clough
Susan Hicks is the owner of Suzcatering and has been wow-ing folks in the Tri-State area with her custom cakes and desserts for 38 years. She is also the owner of Sweet Shoppe Fudge, which can be ordered online or purchased at Tamarack, Capitol Market, and other shops in Huntington and Barboursville.
Born and raised in WV, Susan is the mother of three grown children and lives in Barboursville. Suzcatering was recently honored by The Herald Dispatch as the Best Catering - 2015.
Sugar Pie Bakery
New to the Sweet Charity competition, Sugar Pie Bakery WV is no stranger to the art of sweet confections! From the time they opened their doors in January 2012, Sugar Pie has been cherished for its one-of-a-kind cupcake flavors, fondant desserts, delectable pies, & bite-size goodies. Part of their success comes from the fact that they pride themselves on baking everything from scratch using only the finest ingredients available.
Country Rhodes Bed & Breakfast
At Country Rhodes Bed & Breakfast, Cafe & Florist in Ripley, WV, they provide everything you need under one roof! What started as a cafe and gift shop in 2013 has grown into five-suite Bed & Breakfast. The gift shop includes a floral section, and the café serves breakfast and lunch and offers a wide range of delicious coffees and pastries.
Chef Jean Rectenwald is renowned for her bakery creations & the entire Country Rhodes team is proud to support her in this year's competition.
April Hamilton-Counter Intelligence
The kitchen is one of new entrant April Hamilton’s favorite playgrounds in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. A mother of three almost-grown daughters, April has been cooking with kids ever since Sara, Reilly, and Emma could pull stools to the counter.
Through her weekly newspaper column and cookbook Counter Intelligence, she invites your entire family into the kitchen with vibrant, action-packed photos and fresh, healthy recipes that everyone can have a hand in preparing.
Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes
Reigning Taste and People's Choice award winner Teri Blevins, with help from her husband Dan, turned a creative hobby into a thriving - and tasty! - business enterprise. For the past five years, her Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes (and other delectables) have been living up to their name, earning her thousands of devoted fans across the Valley and beyond. We can't wait to see what she has in store for this year!
Ms. Groovy's Kitchen
For years Ms. Groovy’s Kitchen has been serving West Virginia as a full service, gourmet catering company. Ms. Groovy prepares the clients menu fresh, on premise and works with local vendors to source fresh ingredients.
Ms. Groovy isn't just a gourmazing cook and caterer, she's also a strong community advocate. Her awesome commitment to creative social entrepreneurship and groovalicious food makes her community proud.
Mardi Gras Resort's Chef Godfrey
We couldn't be happier to have Mardi Gras Casino & Resort West Virginia Executive Pastry Chef Cheri Godfrey back to compete again this year. Her Chantilly Swans took the Presentation Award last year, and with good reason!
Presenting her decadent offerings at this charity holds a special meaning for Cheri, as she took care of her grandmother for the past 10 years.
Fannie's Sweet Confections
Last year, Zach Davis had just started working part-time at a Huntington area bakery when he entered the Sweet Charity competition and proceeded to give everyone a run for their money ... in every category! This year, he's full-time with that bakery - the beloved Fannie's Sweet Confections Bakery and Deli - and is returning to the competition with a new determination to take home honors!
Steven 'The Food Guy' Keith
Meet Celebrity Judge... Steven Keith!
Steven is a food writer and critic for the Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper, where his weekly column “The Food Guy” has won top honors from the West Virginia Press Association as the best lifestyles/feature column in the state.
Although he used to enter cooking contests, he soon learned it’s much more fun to judge them and now serves as a regular judge and emcee at food events around the state.
Amy Shuler Goodwin
Meet Celebrity Judge ... Amy Shuler Goodwin!
Goodwin was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in June of 2014, to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism for the state of West Virginia In her first year, Goodwin launched #GoToWV, which now spans across multiple social media platforms, generating thousands of new followers each month.
Amy is a dynamic force for good in the state, and we are honored to have her on our illustrious panel of judges!
Maestro Grant Cooper
Meet Celebrity Judge ... Maestro Grant Cooper!
When Maestro Grant Cooper, Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, agreed to be a celebrity judge for Sweet Charity, it was music to our ears!
Cooper officially began his duties as the 9th conductor in the WVSO’s history on July 1, 2001. He recently conducted his 600th concert with the orchestra, and will be sorely missed when his announced retirement comes to fruition.
We need YOU!
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Meet Host/Emcee ... Adam Harris!
We're excited to welcome host and emcee Adam Harris back to the mic for the 2nd annual Sweet Charity dessert competition.
Adam is the Executive Producer of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce," the long-running public radio program produced by WV Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music.
Adam did a fantastic job of keeping things on track last year, and we are so happy he agreed to return to perform Host with the Most duties again this year!
4 Brothers Deli, Coffee & Tea House
So thrilled to welcome 4 Brothers to the program, offering up their delicious coffee as the perfect "go with" these delectable desserts!
Media Partner WTSQ 88.1 FM
The airwaves of Charleston took one step closer to reflecting the exciting musical and cultural diversity of the Mountain State when WTSQ-FM Radio – a new, listener-supported, independent radio station - began broadcasting in 2015. Found on your radio dial at 88.1 MHz FM, the station is based in the Union Building in downtown Charleston and transmits from there. WTSQ also broadcasts via streaming formats at WTSQ.org.
WTSQ is a listener funded, non-profit radio station. Your support matters!
Introducing Musical Guest ... Steve Himes!
"A cornucopia of funk-tinged, free-spirited, melodic jazz and R&B..." - music critic Shannon Wells
He may be best known, locally, as one of the driving forces in The Blue Notes and as the leader of The Steve Himes Connection, but he has also been performing as a soloist and in dynamic duets with numerous musicians for many years.
We're thrilled to have him as the ear candy for Sweet Charity!
Did We Mention There Will Be Wine?
West Virginia wine, no less! West-Whitehill Winery will be on hand again this year, offering sample tastings of their wide selection of award winning wines!
West-Whitehill Winery, founded in 1981, has established a tradition of producing fine wines from grapes grown in the cool, dry, sunny climates of the South Branch Valley and Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia.
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