Real Women of Philadelphia Winner ReceptionSaturday, July 09, 2011
Wednesday night, I attended what was likely one of the most anticipated events among some of Canada's most talented cooking fanatics. Starting mid-April, Real Women of Philadelphia called upon Canadian women to join their online cooking community and share videos of themselves making their most creative recipes that use Philly cream cheese in one of four categories: Appetizer, Side Dish, Entrée and Dessert. Over 1,000 video recipe entries were submitted across the country and were narrowed down to 16 finalists.
|Andrea Grieco, Audrina, Leeanne Bayley-Hay and Angela Amati *|
|Sue Faber, Elise Copps-Smith, Miriam Borys and Candice Meighen *|
|Elisa Hendricks, Lyndsay Wells, Mandy Cmoc and Danielle Abray *|
|Laurie Pearson, JoHanna Hyde, Lisa M. and Kristen Eppich *|
Their recipes made their debut at the gala dinner at the Thompson Hotel and they were quite delectable. The first winning dish was the Sweet and Savoury Tarltets by Angela Amati. The whipped cream cheese filling topped with poached pears was perfectly balanced with the salty pancetta.
|Sweet and Savoury Tartlets by Angela Amati *|
|Cauliflower Crème Brulée by Elise Copps-Smith and Creamy Pistachio and Mango Chutney Stuffed Pork by Lindsay Wells *|
And finally, we were treated to a scrumptious serving of Laurie Pearson's Deep Fried Cheesecake. Me, oh my! Was it ever tasty! This Philadelphia Cream Cheese mini-cheesecake wrapped in a deep-fried tortilla shell was so good, it turned me into a convert. Yes, I never eat cheesecake but that may very well be a thing of the past. This is a dessert I could definitely chase my next meal with. Only, a knife might come in handy. Also, hats off to Laurie who manages a household of ten (yes, that's 10!) children and she looks younger than me! Must be all that cheesecake...
|Deep Fried Cheesecake by Laurie Pearson *|
In the end, it seemed that all the finalists came out as winners because they gained new and enriching friendships amongst their competitors as well as through the online community at Real Women of Philadelphia. Their bond was evident throughout the evening and it was heartwarming to bear witness to it. It serves as a perfect example of how people can connect and relate with perfect strangers from opposite ends of the country who share a common passion, which is all made possible through the power of social media. If you haven't already, you can connect with them too by signing up at realwomenofphiladelphia.ca. I hear there's another contest in the works...
Photos marked with an asterisk have been provided by Edelman.