More than 350 people got the chance to satisfy their sweet tooth and support The Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health at the ninth annual "Let Them Eat Cake!" fundraiser and contest on Saturday at the Pittsburgh Opera headquarters in the Strip District.
Keeping with this year's theme, "Taking it to the Nines: A Roarin' Good Time," the record-sized crowd came decked out in 1920s-themed fashions, including flapper dresses, pearl necklaces and feathered headpieces, and mingled as the Boilermaker Jazz Band and pianist Emily Jones filled the venue with music of the era. Taking in the sights were event chair and board member Lisa Stauffer, board president Dr. Christine Andrews, Cecile Springer, Judy Ruszkowski and Ken Regal, Dr. Steve and Nicole Shapiro, Erin Halloran and Steven Annegarn and county councilman Tom Baker, the night's emcee.
The main attraction was the cakes by local bakers who demonstrated their creativity with such flavors as "Prohibition Pineapple" and "Walnut Mocha Hotsy Totsy Torte." The event spotlights professionals and amateurs, said executive director Christine Haas, and in previous years the exposure from the contest has helped some newcomers start their own businesses. Judging the entries were Megan Hart from TLC network’s “Next Great Baker,” Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal and Barre Real Food Bars cofounder Julia Erickson, chef Chuck Kerber of cooksandeats.com, Frank Locante of Penzeys Spices and Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth of Pittsburgh City Paper.