Edible Monterey Bay

Return of the Pastry Chefs

Screen Shot 2013-08-26 at 2.11.12 PMAugust 27,  2013 – The first weekend of September will be an exciting one for those with a sweet tooth. Two of the world’s most acclaimed pastry chefs will be in town to join local pastry stars for two very special events. The Intercontinental Affair Dinner on Saturday, September 7, is a six-course meal interweaving culinary traditions from Bali, Singapore and California. Featured chefs will be Sierra Mar’s Yulanda Santos, as well as visitors Will Goldfarb from KU TE DA in Bali and Janice Wong, who was recently named Asia’s Best Pastry Chef. The dinner takes place at a private home in Big Sur with transportation provided from the Post Ranch Inn. Tickets are $250, including gratuity and wine pairings from Sierra Mar’s renowned cellar.

Wong owns 2am:dessertbar in her native Singapore, which she opened in order to raise the importance of dessert from an afterthought to the spotlight. She has since opened another space called 2am:lab that offers classes and workshops taught by internationally renowned chefs.

Goldfarb also has a passion for dessert, he turned down law school to become a professional pastry chef. He is the former Executive Pastry Chef of Spain’s El Bulli, was named one of the 10 Best Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Art and Design, received the Starchef “Rising Star” award, and earned a James Beard nomination for Best Pastry Chef in America. His company WillPowder offers specialty culinary products specifically designed to enhance pastry.

santo-dessertThe following day, two additional members of the Central Coast Pastry Coalition Ben Spungin of Bernardus Lodge and Aubergine’s Ron Mendoza, will join the three aforementioned chefs for Eat The Art, a dessert tasting featuring a completely edible art gallery. The event takes place at the LEED certified kitchen of the MEarth environmental education center in Carmel starting at 5 pm, tickets are $85 or $30 for viewing the gallery only. Proceeds will benefit MEarth, which teaches students in the Monterey Bay area about sustainability in order to foster understanding and respect for the planet, while working towards solving long-term environmental issues.

This is the third event organized by local pastry chefs. The first one—called Desserts First—was held last year as part of the Indy Marketplace in Sand City. The second one—Citrus, Chocolate and Spice—took place last February and featured pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, formerly of Le Bernardin in New York City.