Wednesday, May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024
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NorthPark Cake-Off


Having very important things to do around the office (like rally my co-workers for a Friday hangover lunch), I dispatched ace D intern Abby Holekamp to NorthPark to check out the scene of this cake competition thing that I saw in the Guide this morning. Clearly, I better let her do the telling. Jump …

At NorthPark this afternoon, among the luxury goods, there are luxury cakes. In the corridor between the Cartier and Valentino stores (and taking up so much room you couldn’t see from one into the other), six area chefs are busy turning out elaborate wedding cakes for a competition/raffle benefiting the Dallas chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. On my visit, after ducking by two security guards standing near the raffle registration table (extra security for the cakes?) and wandering through, it was the cake from David Collier (of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek) that was the most intriguing. A rectangular cake taller than it was wide, it resembled an Asian-style paper lantern. Calligraphy-style leaves were being painted on it as I walked by. But none of the cakes were finished yet—the chefs have until 6 p.m. to work. The finished cakes will be on display this weekend, each accompanied by a complementary table setup. But the table settings were hidden behind closed curtains today (although I saw a couple of enterprising shoppers sneak a peek at one display). Most passersby were content to just pause for a minute and gaze in silence at all the cake-y goodness. Unfortunately, you had to buy a raffle ticket if you wanted a taste, although on second thought, I can think of few better ways to entice people into entering a raffle than to offer free cake.