SWEET CHARITY 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 7 - 9 pm
(doors open at 6:30 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!
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!
Judge: Jeff Pierson
Those of you who don't know Jeff Pierson by his name will likely recognize his art. Jeff currently serves as Director of the Office of Public Art for the City of Charleston, and maintains his art career as an Illustrator and a mural artist. His work can be seen in print and in public all over the state.
We are thrilled he has agreed to join our esteemed panel of judges!
Rock City Cake Company
As first time entrants last year, this bakery rocked the Sweet Charity world, walking off with TWO awards! We are looking forward to seeing how they manage to top themselves at this year's event!
Say hello to Tina Francis of Cakewalk Designs out of Huntington!
Tina is a sought after cake designer who has garnered praise from all corners. She's made appearances on TLC, the Food Network, and the Cooking Channel. Her work has been voted "Best Of" by everyone from The Knot to the Herald-Dispatch. And she's got nearly 19,000 Facebook fans, all of whom can attest to the yumminess she produces in her shop, day in and day out.
Ms. Groovy's Kitchen
Say hello to Ms. Groovy's Kitchen! They are returning for their third year as a Sweet Charity entrant!
For years, Ms. Goovy, aka Jeni Burn Riser, has been serving WV as a full service, gourmet catering company. They prepare the client's menu fresh, on premise, and work with local vendors to source fresh ingredients.
But Ms. Groovy isn't just a gourmazing cook and caterer, she's also a strong community advocate, committed to creative social entrepreneurship, and groovalicious food!
Mea Cuppa Coffeebar
We're thrilled to welcome the locally owned Mea Cuppa to Sweet Charity 2018! Located in the historic Capitol Market, they offer a friendly, independent coffee oasis with a distinctly metropolitan vibe, featuring the finest hand-crafted coffee, tea, and espresso drinks with influences from around the world.
Mayor Frank Mullens
Say hello to Frank Mullens! In 2007, Frank was elected Mayor of the City of South Charleston, and he is currently serving his third term. All told, Mayor Mullens has devoted 35 years working hard to ensure that South Charleston is truly "someplace special."
Frank and Sherry, his wife of 33 years, enjoy spending time with their beautiful family and acting as lead ambassadors for the city they love.
Thank you for serving on our illustrious panel, Mayor Mullens!
Sugar Pie Bakery
It's a real treat to welcome Sugar Pie Bakery WV back to the party! We missed them last year, but that just means the anticipation for their return appearance at this year's Sweet Charity is sky high.
Sugar Pie Bakery WV's team is bursting with personality and they are always experimenting with new confections, tastes, and techniques. We can't wait to see what they dream up for up for March 6th!
We are thrilled that Edgewood Summit and head baker, Jenny Reese, are returning for their second year. Last year, they had a little competition to allow the Edgewood residents select which of Chef Jenny's creations would be entered in the competition.The residents voted for her Lemon Cheesecake, and it was a good choice.
How do we know?
Because all of the samples they brought for the Sweet Charity attendees were GONE less than halfway through the evening!
Sugar Momma Sweets
We're thrilled to welcome Jordan Dotson, the 'momma' in Sugar Momma Sweets, back for her second year! This talented icing artist does amazing things with her sugar cookie canvasses - last year's judges certainly thought so, as well, evidenced by the Creativity Award they bestowed on her.
She'll be back to defend her title, and we're looking forward to seeing where her imagination takes us this time around!
Thanks to our friends at United Dairy - we do! :-)
Melissa's Sweet Creations
First time entrant Melissa Peake says she loves what she does because of the happiness it brings. "I just love to 'wow' people and put a smile on their faces," she says. By the looks of the creations here, we're betting she's seen a lot of happy patrons.
In between baking delectable pastries and decorating gorgeous wedding cakes, this busy mom of two is also a volunteer fire fighter. While she's normally responsible for putting fires out, we can't wait for her to bring the heat March 6th!
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort Executive Pastry Chef, Cheri Godfrey has wowed the crowds from the beginning. In fact, they were winners of the 1st ever Presentation award at the inaugural event with her incredibly intricate Chantilly swans.
This team always brings their A-game to this competition- no question they know a thing or two about showmanship. But their secret weapon is Cheri's craftsmanship in the kitchen. Can't wait to see what she plates up for us this year!
Judge : Candace Nelson
Let's say hello to the first of our Celebrity Judges, shall we?
This is Candace Nelson. She is a marketing professional in Charleston, a columnist for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, an instructor at the University of Charleston, and the newest member of the FIAGKV Board of Directors.
But there's more! The foodie cred is strong with this one. She is the author of the book “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll." In her free time, Nelson blogs about Appalachian food culture at CandaceLately.com.
Delights by Davis
Many of your favorites from past Sweet Charity events are back again, including Zach Davis, proprietor of Delights By Davis. Zach and his lovely wife are one of the originals, returning for their 4th year. We couldn't be happier about that!
Zach has unveiled show-stopping displays every year. Last year, his s'mores over the campfire set up was a fan favorite. He is a master of all things brownie, and we cannot wait to see what delights he comes up for 2018!
Musician Steve Himes
We are thrilled that Mr. Steve Himes will be joining us for his 4th consecutive year.
Whether performing by himself or with any conceivable combination of musicians, Steve Himes presents a unique style of playing which easily adapts to any situation. Such versatility has delighted audiences in clubs, theaters, restaurants and concerts for many years. We're lucky to have him provide the ear candy for our sweet event!
Meet Host/Emcee ... Adam Harris!
We're excited to welcome host and emcee Adam Harris back to the mic for the 4th 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 does a great job guiding us through this evening packed with good eats, good tunes, and fun!
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