Before we get to announcing the winners of the 2013 NOLA Eats King Cake Tasting Party, I would like to thank everyone that braved the Endymion traffic to come out and sample king cake from some of the best bakeries in the city, and then vote for their favorites, all without passing out from exhaustion or sugar overdose. Little Gem Saloon was the perfect host, and everyone I had the chance to speak with enjoyed the music, dancing, and venue.
A quick recap: Robin Barnes and Matthew Berman engaged the guests with their soulful sounds. Krewe de Lune‘s Star-Steppin’ Cosmonaughties surprised the crowd with their high-energy hip-hop dance routine. Technotronic’s “Move This” came on over the soundsystem unexpectedly, which I have not heard since “House of Style” was running on MTV the first time. A ton of amazing prizes were given away to attendees, with a total value of more than $600.
Now, for the news everyone clinked this link to see.
The winners of the 5th Annual NOLA Eats King Cake Tasting Party…
Best Traditional King Cake: Gerald’s Donuts & Burgers, 2101 E. Judge Perez, Chalmette
Best Non-Traditional King Cake: La Dolce NOLA, 2100 Metairie Rd. Suite 100, Metairie
Best Traditional King Cake: Nonna Randazzo’s King Cakes, 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 5, Covington, & 925 E. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette (*2012 Winner!)
Best Non-Traditional King Cake: Domenica, 123 Baronne St., New Orleans (*2012 Winner!)
Congratulations to the creators of the Best King Cakes of New Orleans and beyond!
Special thanks to our prize donors and host: Abeille NOLA, Lux Salon Blends, Fat Hen Grocery, Flambeaux Design Company, Booty’s Street Food, artist Jason Rodriguez, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine, Randazzo’s Camellia City Bakery, & Little Gem Saloon
Many thanks to our generous king cake donors: Randazzo’s Camellia City Bakery, Sucre, La Dolce NOLA, Nonna Randazzo’s King Cakes, Gerald’s Donuts & Burgers, The PeaceBaker, Domenica, and Kupcake Factory
To our Guest Judges, thank you for your time & support: Robert LeBlanc, Amanda deLeon & Susan Ford
To my team, thank you: Freddy Almeida, Alicia Knight, Christy Lorio, Donovan Fannon & Lissy Geiss
Photography by Donovan Fannon