Cake_eblast_rev2Spring is in the air for Philly foodies as eating season is upon us! On Monday, April 15, 2013, City of Hope kick-starts the food festival season with one of our favorite parties of the year. “Let Them Eat Cake: A Night at the Movies” returns in its 9th edition with an amazing line-up of 40+ bakers, pastry chefs, cooking enthusiasts and students. The red carpet fun goes down at the Merion (1301 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ) – a gorgeous and elegant catering facility only five minutes away in South Jersey. VIP tickets are already sold out (congrats, City of Hope), but general admission tickets are available. Tickets are only $40 in advance (until Noon Monday, April 15) or $50 at the door. Get your forks out, napkins ready and come eat with us as we work our way through ALL 40+ cakes!

Dessert lovers, food fanatics, brides/grooms to be and spectators will converge at the Merion for a night filled with fondant as they sample their way through 40+ cakes in the country’s premiere wedding cake competition. Cakes this year will whisk guests away to the magic of Hollywood with movie-inspired cakes. A partial list of bakeries and chefs signed up for 2013’s “Cake” event include:

  • Granny Schmidt’s
  • The Merion
  • Piece ‘a Cake
  • Classic Cake
  • The Master’s Baker
  • Adelaides Cakes
  • Artisserie Bakery
  • The Sweet Life Bakery
  • Good Foods to Go
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia (Eric Boerner)
  • Sweet T’s Bakeshop
  • The Ambler Bake Shop LLC
  • Davio’s Restaurant
  • Truly Custom Cakery
  • Restaurant School of Walnut Hill
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia (Eric Boerner)
  • Restaurant School of Walnut Hill
  • Diane’s La Patisserie

IMG_2877At the end of the night, the envelopes will be out with awards for Best of Show, Most Artistic, Best Tasting and Best Themed. This year, guests can even join the fun by voting on a people’s choice winner.  The “Academy” will be compsed of an esteemed panel of judges headlined by celebrity judge Ron Ben-Israel, host of cooking competition TV show Sweet Genius.  Other VIP judges from the culinary arts and wedding industries include:

  • Anne-Michelle Alberston, Chef Alberstons Cooking School
  • Charlotte Albertson, Chef Alberstons Cooking School
  • Mary Bigham, Town Dish and What’s Cooking with Mary on WCHE
  • Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine
  • Natanya DiBona, Co-CHair Diner en Blanc Philadelphia
  • Tracey DeShaine, Chef/ Owner of Dixie Picnic
  • Kathy Gold, President of Les Dames D’Escoffier & Chef/ Owner of In the Kitchen Cooking Company &
  • George Kryatas, Owner/TV Chef Sweetwater Grille
  • Lari Robling, Food Journalist/ Producer WHYY (nominated for James
  • Beard Award)
  • Marilyn Russell, BENFM

IMG_2897For those who find themselves needing a brief break from the baked bliss, there’s also free Korbel champagne, wedding vendors, sponsor tables, and fabulous sounds from Back 2 Life by Brandywine Valley Talent. Philly Loves Fun will rock the ‘red carpet’ at this year’s cake by bringing you live updates on Twitter, interviews with the judges, and photos of the stars of the show — the cakes, of course!  Swim suit season is not for a few months, so get ready to bring your appetite. Our tip: It’s a marathon not a spring. Pace yourselves, scope out the cakes you want to try, and don’t forget you can leave with a take-home container. (Yes, we said it: a take-home container. You’re welcome!)

All proceeds benefit cancer research & treatment at City of Hope. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. A special shuttle is also available leaving Center City. Parking is free. For tickets and shuttle info, contact Harry Giordano at 215-985-0869.

Tickets are also available online at:

About City of Hope:
City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more in

Disclaimer: This post and contest is brought to you with support of the City of Hope – special thanks to them for the free tickets too! Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with any giveaway.  Data collected through this giveaway will not be shared without your consent.

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