Expect to have sweet time at Ala Mode event

Martin Marez, chef at Bookcliff Country Club, piped meringue onto a cookie sheet in preparation for the Ala Mode event Thursday night.



The second annual Ala Mode dessert and pastry competition will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Bookcliff Country Club.

The event features sweet creations by the Grand Valley’s most upscale restaurants in a friendly but competitive environment. It is the annual fundraiser for the Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club, a group dedicated to helping children in the community.

Haute confection lovers can expect to find everything from tarts, to cakes, to gelato.

“We have so many yummy desserts,” said Claudine Bogart, co-chair of the Ala Mode event. “You’ll probably find something that you just love no matter what you like.”

Participating restaurants in this year’s event include 626 On Rood, Il Bistro, Gelato Junction, The Double Tree, Chez Lena, The Winery, Bookcliff Country Club, and Dolce Vita.

Tasters are encouraged to vote for their favorite dessert by purchasing voting tickets. Last year, 626 On Rood took the title for “People’s Choice,” and still proudly offers that dessert on their menu. Other awards include “Best Presentation” and “Judges Favorite.”

Entertainment will be provided by local jazz band, Influx.

“We are expecting a great turn-out this year and it’s just going to be a good time,” Bogart said.

All proceeds from the event help the many community organizations the club supports such as the Kid’s Backpack program, Spellbinders or buying dictionaries for all third grade students.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Tickets are available at The Frame Depot, 529 Bogart Lane, or at the door.


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