February 19, 2020 – Let Them Eat Cake, a foodie event that invites the most creative confectionary talent from across the region to compete in one of the nation’s biggest cake-off fundraisers to benefit Variety — the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley, will take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s Millennium Ballroom on Sunday, March 15, from 6-8 pm. More than two dozen of the area’s best pastry chefs will bring this year’s theme — Mythical, Magical Beasts & Creatures — to life with over-the-top cake creations.
Now in its 17th year, Let Them Eat Cake has earned a reputation as one of the premier culinary events on the Philadelphia calendar. At the event, guests can enjoy sampling delicious cake creations while sipping on cocktails, wine and other beverages. Music will be provided by Bigg Romeo party band making for a fun and upbeat backdrop in one of Philadelphia’s most iconic ballrooms. Most importantly, all proceeds of the affordable $40 ticket cost (in advance; $50 at door) supports children with disabilities in the Philadelphia area.
This year’s focus is on VarietyWorks, a program designed to provide individuals with disabilities access to choices in type, level, and experiences related to employment, along with job training and placement. Participants in the program are given support and taught the skills they need to be as independent and successful as possible.
“VarietyWorks is a program that helps individuals with disabilities find work in the community,” said Dominique Bernardo, CEO of Variety — the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley. “The success of the program has been phenomenal, but we couldn’t do it without the support of events like Let Them Eat Cake. Not only does this event showcase talented bakers and amazing cakes, but all proceeds directly benefit the VarietyWorks program and allow us to help more young adults with the employment process.”
The VarietyWorks Mobile Café, a program within VarietyWorks offering individuals hands-on job experience in a café setting, will make an appearance at Let Them Eat Cake. Guests will be able to stop by the cart and meet some of the employees before snagging a to-go box to take slices of their favorite cake home.
A panel of celebrities and noted culinary experts will determine this year’s winner based on taste, theme, aesthetic, creativity and use of ingredients. Nine of this year’s competitors will be aspiring chefs from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill.
This year’s Let Them Eat Cake sponsors include Philadelphia Style magazine, Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa, Salon, Fitness; Satin Ice, Hello Fresh, Poly-Dowels, Tito’s Vodka, Hendricks Gin, Wayne Edwards Workshop men’s outfitters, Philadelphia Phillies, Ten Penny Florist, Bigg Romeo (‘Philadelphia’s #1 Party Band), The Philadelphia Eagles, Comcast, Wawa, Firstrust Bank, among others.