Last year I missed out on something truly remarkable.
It was called the Collab Pie, an ingenious pie made up of eight different slices from eight different bakers. It was sold at the annual Baker Faire, which is easily one of the coolest bake sales around.
I couldn’t make it last year. And I won’t make that mistake again!
This year, MW Restaurant is hosting Tea & Baker Faire — notice the tea part was added — as a benefit for Les Dames d’Escoffier, an organization dedicated to promoting women in the culinary professions. Which is fitting since so many of the chefs and vendors are women, including Chef Abigail Langlas (Cake Works), Chef Rachel Murai (The Pig and The Lady), Chefs Nicole Anderson & Jasmyne Romero (Koko Head Cafe), and Chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant), who’s part of the association.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday at MW Restaurant.
“Tea & Baker Faire is different from the two previous Baker Faires I’ve participated in because it is to help Les Dames d’Escoffier provide scholarships to females in the culinary industry,” Karr-Ueoka says. “We are featuring Dames as well as pastry chefs/bakers of Hawai‘i.”
On the menu are delectables like lilikoi chiffon pie, Hawaiian vanilla bean shortbread, bags of fresh nutmeg and cinnamon from Wailea Agricultural Group, jars of Big Island organic honey from Whendi Grad of Big Island Bees, homemade jams from Aletha Thomas of Monkeypod Jam on Kaua‘i, gourmet Hawaiian nougat from Liz Anderson of Hawaiian Nougat Co., and — a crowd favorite — hand-crafted pies from Kathy Masunaga of Sweet Revenge.
Oh, and there will be speciality tea drinks, too, by The Tea Chest.
But let’s go back to that Collab Cupcake!
This year this collab will feature six unique cupcakes by six different pastry chefs. And here they are: Waialua Chocolate S’more Cupcake (Karr-Ueoka), Cinnamon & Spice Crumble (Jackie Lau), Tres Leches (Kelly Pittman and Eddie Lopez), Hawaiian Chili Pepper Pineapple cupcake w/ Coconut Meringue (Anderson), and Pandan Coconut Crumble (Murai). (The Collab Cupcake needs to be preordered.)
So no excuses this time. Head down there. And look for me. I’ll be gorging on something sweet.
Tea & Baker Faire, 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, July 26 at MW Restaurant, 1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd. Phone: (808) 591-9400.