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Crowning Cuisine: More Than Sugar and Spice

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Editorial Review

From 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Willow Restaurant plays host to "Crowning Cuisine: More Than Sugar and Spice." Hosted by Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, the event pays tribute to the women in our local gastronomic community. The $35 ticket includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to mingle with some of the area's top female chefs and sommeliers. Honorees include Barbara Black of the Black's Restaurant Group; Heather Chittum, pastry chef at Hook; Ann Harvey Yonkers from the FreshFarm Markets; and Odessa Piper, subject of this Food section profile.

The food is the real draw -- expect dishes like cauliflower and goat cheese bisque from former 1789 chef Ris Lacoste, frogs in puff and lamb sausage in puff a la CommonWealth prepared by Jamie Leeds, wild mushroom bites from Restaurant Nora's Nora Pouillon -- but the door prizes aren't too shabby either. Ticket holders have a chance to win dining gift certificates, bottles of wine and (the grand prize) 12-months worth of "chef experiences" which can range from cooking lessons to home-cooked meals with chefs.

Tickets are available through the Web site linked above. Some proceeds from the event benefit the WCR, which promotes women in the culinary field.

-- Julia Beizer (Nov. 5, 2008)