Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita’s new chocolate, coffee and cookie champions

Jenny Farha, owner of Sweet Peach Cakery and Creations, and her helper at the Throw Down in Old Town.
Jenny Farha, owner of Sweet Peach Cakery and Creations, and her helper at the Throw Down in Old Town.

Last week was full of sweet food competitions, and we have some winners.

Saturday was the ninth annual Death by Chocolate event, a fundraiser for Exploration Place. It featured a long list of local restaurants and chocolatiers fed the crowd a steady diet of chocolate all night long. A panel of judges was tasked with choosing the best offerings there.

The Most Creative Use of Chocolate award went to Cravings Gluten Free Bakery, who used orange olive oil in its gluten-free baking mix. The Most Creative Display award was given to Serendipity Cupcakes out of Hutchinson, who created an outdoors-themed display. The Best Savory Award went to Bulter’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts program, who served spare ribs with chocolate-infused sauce and popcorn grits.

The judges unanimously agreed on the Judges’ Choice Award, giving it to Cero’s Candies’ simple, spicy brownie. And the People’s Choice Award again went to Butler.

Winners also were picked on Thursday at the Throw Down in Old Town, a fundraiser for Children First; CEO Kansas Inc. The event, put on at the Eaton Venue, featured latte art and a cookie competition.

The latte art winner was Stephanie Renard, who works at Il Primo Espresso Cafe. And the cookie winner was Sweet Peach Cakery and Creations, which made a coconut lavender ball.

The People’s Choice cookie winner was Sweets by Steph.

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