Fundraiser Fun for a Great Cause

Thanks to the folks at CSI for holding a fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Fantastico's table at CSI's Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation Fundraiser

Fantastico’s table at CSI’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser. The desserts are in the boxes. The photo on each box shows what’s in it. Of course, we also provided some information about Fantastico Italian Gourmet – absolutely free!

A Fantastico cupcake for CSI's Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation fundraiser.

Apple-nut cupcake with peanut butter cream frosting and toffee chips.

The desserts we took to the fundraiser

Had a lot of fun weekend before last! Fantastico teamed up with the folks at CSI Laboratories to help with a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The society is sponsoring a Light the Night Walk, and the CSI people organized a bake sale and silent auction to raise a contribution for the cause.

My favorite pastry chef talked me into having Fantastico contribute a sampling of our desserts for the bake sale. She didn’t have to work very hard to convince me, since fighting leukemia and lymphoma is such a great cause. Plus, I got to spend some quality time with her, learning some of the tricks to creating those fantastic desserts.

The cupcake on the left is an apple-nut cupcake with peanut butter cream frosting and toffee chips. I frosted it myself. See the cool spiral design? I did that! My favorite pastry chef taught me how. Not only that, but I also learned how to bake the toffee to make those chips that are stuck into it. It’s pretty tricky, actually, getting it so thin and smooth and even, like stained glass, then breaking it into chips without having it crumble into a big mess. With the help of my expert genius coach, I got it right on the first try.

The best part is, the fundraiser was a big success! The event raised a total of $733. Almost $400 of that came from sales of all the fantastic desserts my favorite pastry chef created. With my help, did I mention?

A big “thanks!” to the folks at CSI who organized the fundraiser and made it such a success! Lots of people came and brought lots of wonderful desserts. I thought the desserts Fantastico brought were the best! (Check out what Perrie at CSI said about our coconut cake.) So a big “thanks!” also to my favorite pastry chef!

Thanks for stopping by!

Fantastico Italian Gourmet's Chef Giovanni

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