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In the news: baking contest and new Southern restaurant

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Calling all bakers!

Share Our Strength ®, a nonprofit organization working to end childhood hunger in America, is hosting its eighth annual baking contest at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta on Mar. 2. Bakers may enter in one of four categories: professional pastry chef, amateur baker, culinary student or child baker to win the title of “Atlanta’s Best Dessert.”

Entries are being accepted until Feb. 23 and cost $95 for professionals and $25 for the other three categories. All entry fees are tax deductible. Winners will receive $500 in the professional category and $250 in the amateur, student, and child categories. Additionally, the winner of the child category will have the opportunity to hold a demo at the Family Food Zone Stage at the Taste of Atlanta this fall. Entries will be judged on originality, taste, and presentation. Contest rules and entry information can be found online.

Even if you aren’t a baker, you can still attend this event and support Share Our Strength ®. Tax-deductible general admission tickets ($25) include tastings of pastries, wine and silent-auction bidding. VIP event tickets ($35) also include a champagne reception with the event’s emcee, Q100’s Jenn Hobby, an hour prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased online. 6:30 p.m. VIP reception, 7:30 p.m. event.

The event is presented by presented by Domino® Sugar and C&H® Sugar. For additional information regarding contest entries, tickets or Share Our Strength ®, contact Allison Palestrini: or 770.436.5151.

In other news:

Genius Southern Restaurant and Catering, originally started as a catering company, opens its restaurant space this month in Lawrenceville due to high demand. It serves soul food with specialties including macaroni and cheese, fried and baked jerk chicken, sweet potato pie, banana pudding and a signature 7UP cake. The new restaurant space will have seating for up to 32 people.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, 2449 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 770-807-8151, website coming soon. $.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

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February 13th, 2011
10:37 am

Your links to the baking context are broken.

Jenny Turknett

February 13th, 2011
6:26 pm

Thanks, Edward. Not sure what happened – fixed now!