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The Big Gateaux Show Debuts in New Orleans

Friday Apr 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Trixi Minx & the Beauties from Burlesque Ballroom will join New Orleans Wine & Food Experience as NOWFE toasts to twenty years of wine, food and charity with a Champagne bar by Nicolas Feuillatte at The Big Gateaux Show, an international cake competition and tasting.

Invited pastry chefs include Vanessa Fiorini of Toronto, Canada; Solandie Exantus of the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans; Bronwen Weber of Frosted Art Bakery & Studio in Dallas; and Vinnie and Michelle Garcia of The Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago, all of whom will join in the festivities and create their own signature version of an anniversary cake inspired by the burlesque era of New Orleans, which will be paired with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.

This ticketed event is hosted by celebrated pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, Sucre's Tariq Hanna, and the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The winning design and pastry chef will be awarded with a $5000 prize sponsored by Valrhona Chocolate. All attendees at the Saturday Grand Tasting will have an opportunity to view the cake entries in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Join NOWFE as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary from May 22-26, 2012.

Over the past 20 years the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has raised more than $1 million for local non-profit organizations, while showcasing local food and chefs, and national and international wines.

NOWFE invites you to raise a glass and be a part of the festivities as they make New Orleans a better place to live, work and play.

This year in an effort to fight hunger and support culinary education, the 2012 beneficiaries will share 100% of the proceeds. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will receive 40% and the following will share the remaining 60%: the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s ProStart Program, Delgado Culinary Arts School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ Culinary Program, the John Folse Culinary Institute and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

Tickets for this "Sweet" event may be purchased at



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