For the first time in its 21-year history, the Taste of Solvang hosted a Dessert Contest open to amateur and professional chefs aged 18 years or older who live or work in the Santa Ynez Valley. The winners competed and were revealed tonight (Friday, March 15, 2013) at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Solvang during the popular Taste of Solvang Dessert Reception which also featured wine tasting from local vintners and live music by the Tim Buley Band.
Ten professionals and seven amateur sweet treat-makers participated. The following
three winners received a custom Taste of Solvang ribbon, apron and a review in Edible Santa Barbara magazine.
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Best Dessert–Amateur: Lana Clark works in Solvang and is a Lompoc resident who won with her “Grandma Ruth’s Homemade Peanut Brittle.” Mrs. Clark said, “I am so surprised to win and proud that the judges liked my family recipe.”
Best Dessert–Professional: Carol Krivulka (left) and Elsemarie Petersen (right), co-owners of Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates in Solvang for their Dark/Light Truffles. Mrs. Petersen remarked, “I cannot believe it, there are so many incredible desserts here! Thank you!”
Best Dessert–People’s Choice (voted by the 300+ guests in attendance): Bent Olsen, owner of Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery in Solvang for his Raspberry Crisp Delights. Mr. Olsen has participated in all 21 Taste of Solvang festivals and enthused, “I am so happy to have this award after all these years! What an honor!”
Judges for the first-ever Taste of Solvang Dessert Contest were (left to right): George Yatchisin, currently a Food Writer at the Santa Barbara Independent, after serving as their Food Editor (helping create the Foodie Awards, Santa Barbara County's premier culinary honors), blogs at George Eats and co-hosts a radio show; Chef Pascale Beale, president and founder of Pascale's Kitchen, a Santa Barbara-based Mediterranean-style cooking school, product line as well as an author of five cookbooks and a regular columnist for Edible Santa Barbara; and Rick Longoria, owner/winemaker of Longoria Wines established in 1982 featuring hand-crafted varietals from the Santa Ynez Valley and beyond.
More about Taste of Solvang
Presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau since 1993 with sponsorship support from the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, Taste of Solvang features locally grown foods, wines and diverse cuisine to celebrate the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the area. This year’s events began on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Solvang Village Farmers Market with the Chef Walk & Demos series. Throughout the five days, Taste of Solvang Luxury Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tours are offered including taste stops at four wineries, gourmet picnic lunch and souvenir wine glass with special pricing and itineraries by Grapeline Wine Tours; Serenity Limousine & Sedans; and Stagecoach Tours.