Pretend You're A Pastry Pro

Thanks to artful sweet treats for sale at two area restaurants, you can look like a pastry pro at your holiday party without ever picking up a whisk. And the icing on the cake: both desserts raise money for good causes.

Just in time for the first real snow, Citronelle's adorable snowmen (pictured above) are back. The $12 snowman kit ($4 is donated to St Jude Children's Research Hospital) includes the snowman meringue, all the accessories like a chocolate hat and red marzipan scarf, and instructions for assembly. Call 202.625.2150 to place an order for pick-up.

Next up, Café du Parc at the Willard InterContinental is offering a gorgeous buche de Noel (above), designed in partnership with Placido Domingo, the world famous tenor and conductor of the Washington National Opera. The foot-long, opera-inspired cake is available in carry out boxes from Café du Parc through Jan. 1. (Disclosure: I received one as a gift and can say it feeds a crowd of at least eight.)

A portion of the $79 price will be donated to the Washington National Opera's education fund for local DC youth. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Call 202.942.7000 to place an order.


Anonymous said...

Aren't those little models of Michel Richard?

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Amanda said...

He was losing weight recently: