Rockaway Artists Alliance Bake Off Was A Success
The Rockaway Artists Alliance's Bake Off inaugural event, which was held on Sunday, November 22 at sTudio 6 Gallery at Fort Tilden, was a success. During the first ever holiday Bake Off the baking arts took center stage. The participants, who ranged in age from 5 to 88 years old, baked goods in several categories including pies, cookies, cakes and holiday breads. Entries were judged on creativity and taste; and each category scored winners with a Judges' Choice Award and a People's Choice Award. Adult winners received bottles of Beaujolais nouveau donated by Harbor Wine and Spirits and under-aged winners received goodies from Trader Joe's.
Bake Off winning entries included Noni Signoretti's "Oatmeal Florentine" cookies; Eunice Allen's "Corned Beef Extravaganza" pie; Elora Barbosa's "Extra Cinnamon Bread." The People's Choice Award for taste went to Melissa Pianin's Blue Velvet Bake and the Award for Creativity went to Katy Hall, Carolyn Cryan and Diane Moran for their RAA inspired "cRAAke." A Professional Judge Award for creativity went to Melissa Tommaro's "Sweet Sixteen Cake," which featured colors and patterns that any teen would want on her cake.
The event, created and organized by Stephanie Bellomo and Sophia Skeans, drew some 25 contestants. The organizers took a moment to acknowledge the participating supporters and contributors, including Annette's Collectibles, Belle Harbor Steak House, Cakeline, Danielle's Rockaway Florist, Mike Adel from Fast Break, Jean and Bernie Glass, Harbor Wine and Spirits, Station Liquors, Geoff Rawling, One Stop Photo, Trader Joe's, Underground Crafter and the dedicated volunteers, artists, bakers, tasters, guest and judges.