Just can’t get enough king cake in your life this time of year?
Tonight was the annual King Cake Walk at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in conjunction with Ogden After Hours, a weekly concert series every Thursday night at the museum. Each year shortly before Mardi Gras, bakeries from around the city donate a bunch of king cakes for the event, and guests try them all out before voting on the one they like best. This year, king cakes were offered by Tartine, Cake Café, Haydel’s, Bittersweet Confections, Gracious Bakery, Emeril’s, and Meril, among others. Bittersweet Confections’s chocolate-filled king cake won over the majority of king cake lovers and therefore claimed the Audience Choice Award. While the Best in Show Award—selected by Pastry Chef Tess Mahoney, formerly of Momofuku’s Milk Bar in New York City—went to Caluda’s classic king cake.
Music was provided by Dave Jordan and the NIA, and there was even an arts and crafts table where kids (and adults) could color and decorate their own paper king cakes (a far less fattening activity).