Middletown Bakery Wins Newport Mansions’ Gingerbread Competition
Monday, December 09, 2013
Fatulli's creation of a tabletop-sized replica of Rosecliff, complete with spun sugar windows and animated dancers in the ballroom, won over the judges with its detail and creativity.
Coming in second place and winning $750 was a model of The Elms done by Gerry DuPont of Edible Creations by Gerry in Little Compton, RI and Westport, MA. The $500 third prize was won by the Culinary Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Russell Morin Fine Catering of Newport, RI for its model of Marble House, and to Clements Marketplace Bake Shop of Portsmouth, RI for Chateau-sur-Mer.
Judges for the competition were food expert and chef Claudine Pépin; pastry chef Mark Soliday of Confectionery Designs, who is also a pastry arts instructor at Johnson & Wales University; and Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe.
Entries were required to be constructed and composed entirely of edible material, which besides gingerbread could include royal icing, candies, gum paste, fondant, pastillage, chocolate, isomalt, cast sugar, gelatin and press sugar. They were judged on five criteria: overall appearance; creative interpretation of the given mansion; inclusion of the "Let it Snow" theme; degree of difficulty; and precision of execution.
6 Delicious New England Bakeries
The Daily Meal has compiled a list of America's 50 Best Bakeries; which New England hotspots made the list?
Seven Stars Bakery, Providence
Seven Stars Bakery is a staple for any Providence foodie. With breads and pastries made from scratch with local ingredients, the top-notch Seven Stars Bakery strives for quality. Can't decide what you're in the mood for? Try the lemon pound cake, olive bread filled with Kalamata and Moroccan oil cured olives, or ginger biscuit scones.
820 Hope Street, Providence
342 Broadway, Providence
Rumford Center, 20 Newman Avenue, East Providence
A & J King, Salem, MA
A & J King Artisan Bakers serves traditional, artisanal bread and pastries. Along with the bakery's regular menu selections, A & J King features rotating weekly specials like semolina apricot fennel and asiago chile. Have their tried-and-true sticky bun or the caramel bourbon pecan bread pudding for another gooey treat.
48 Central Street, Salem, MA
Mike’s Pastry, Boston, MA
For the best cannoli in Boston, it's all about Mike’s Pastry. But while you're in there make sure to check out the rest of what it has to offer; you won't regret it. From boozy rum cakes to red velvet whoopie pies to ricotta pie to lobster tail, a flaky pastry filled with either white cream or yellow custard, there’s something to suit every sweet craving. And of course, don't forget the classic Boston cream pies!
300 Hanover Street, Boston
Clear Flour Bread, Brookline, MA
Clear Flour Bread has been a Brookline fixture for more than 30 years and has the awards to show for it! Clear Flour Bread prides itself on its Italian and French pastries being made from scratch, shaped by hand, and baked in a stone hearth. The morning buns will pick you right up on those sluggish Mondays, and their croissants, cranberry currant scones, and molasses cookies are to die for.
178 Thorndike Street, Brookline, MA
Standard Baking Co., Portland, ME
The Standard Baking Company in downtown Portland has every bread you could possibly want. Rosemary focaccia, pain de mie, brioche, boules, epi bread? Check. Morning buns? Check. Croissants? Take your pick: almond, chocolate, plain, or ham and cheese? Whatever you're in the mood for, owners Allison Bray and Matt James have got you covered.
75 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Flour Bakery + Café, Boston, MA
A trip to Flour Bakery and Café is the kind of thing that will easily make your day. Be sure to try the amazing sticky buns, the banana bread, granola bars, or brioche with raisins. And for those with a sweet tooth, check out the lemon curd cakes with raspberry preserve, Milky Way tarts, and chocolate cupcakes with Crispy Magic Frosting. Is your mouth watering yet?
12 Farnsworth Street, Boston
1595 Washington Street, Boston
190 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
131 Clarendon Street, Boston
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