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Culinary Arts Faculty, Alumni Participate in "A Taste of Fiction" Event

March 05, 2014

Casey Shiller  
Casey Shiller

St. Louis Community College-Forest Park culinary arts faculty and alumni will take part in “A Taste of Fiction” fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.

They will be among the top pastry chefs in St. Louis who will display classic literature-inspired creations at the cocktail party that will benefit culinary programming and the culinary collection of the St. Louis Public Library. Some chefs will also interpret books into culinary centerpieces for display only.

Those who attend this new event will enjoy libations based on King Kong and Lemony Snicket, eat hors d’oeuvres inspired by “The Life of Pi” and other novels, and desserts.

Casey Shiller, baking and pastry arts coordinator at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, has designed four cupcakes based on characters from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe, where he is executive pastry chef.  “Charlie’s Golden Ticket,” the “Violet Beauregarde,”  the “Veruca Salt” and the “Willy Wonka” will be available for purchase during the month of March at Jilly’s and packs of all four at Straub’s, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the library.

Adjunct instructors participating include River City Casino’s Stephan Schubert, Annie Gunn’s Danielle Bush, and Ritz-Carlton in Clayton’s Nathaniel Reid, who grew up in Farmington, Mo., and will include tropical fruits as part of his “Jungle Book” dessert.

Alumni include Scape’s Julie Weldele, Piccione’s Sandia Hoormann, and the Culinary Institute of St. Louis at Hickey College’s Chris Desens.

Companion Bakery, Cravings, Pastaria, Pint Size Bakery, Sydney Street Café and La Patisserie Chouquette also are featured.

The event is sold out, but the centerpieces will remain on display Saturday, March 8, for public viewing. In addition, “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” star, restaurateur and entrepreneur Robbie Montgomery, will be at Central Library at 2 p.m. on March 8 for presentation and a Q&A, followed by meet and greet.

For more information, call 314-340-2403 or visit slplfoundation.org/about/events.