Combo Plate: Royal wedding biscuit cake, Morimoto croons and more
--Sweet dress! A new Food Network competition will pit sugar artists in a fashion competition, where they must spin chic outfits -- accessories included -- out of the white stuff.
--No cooking required: Most every women I know can't wait to see Kate's wedding dress. But I want to see the royal wedding cakes. If the reports from across the pond are to be believed, Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen cake designer Fiona Cairns to produce the wedding cake. The design is said to include a strong British floral theme (I'm assuming this is per Kate) and piping in the "Joseph Lambeth method," which you can see here. There will also be a fruitcake -- a tradition -- and one of Prince William's favorites, a chocolate biscuit cake, seen above. What's a biscuit cake? It's a no-bake confection made out of chocolate and ... biscuits (what we call cookies). Here's one recipe. Have you ever had one of these? It looks like it might be hard to bite into.
--Morimoto can sing: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto belted out a tune in Pasadena this weekend during a concert fundraiser for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Watch the video, and then read about the Thousand Hearts charity behind the event.
--Passings: Eldon Davis, an influential architect known as the father of the California coffee shop for midcentury designs inspired by the Space Age and the region's car culture, has died. He was 94. You no doubt will immediately recognize his work: Here's a photo gallery.
--And the winner is... Santa Cruz organic berry grower Jim Cochran is the recipient of the Grown Green Award handed out by the Natural Resources Defense Council: "Sustainability on Jim's farm now goes well beyond environmentally friendly growing practices. Swanton Berry Farm became the first 100 percent unionized organic farm in the country, and Jim's employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), health coverage and other benefits recognize his employees as vital partners in the operation."
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