Thanks to all of you who took the time to join us at the launch party for Houston Classic Desserts. My friends Bill Sadler and Arturo Boada were sweet enough to host the event at Arturo's Uptown Italiano - the perfect backdrop for a truly lovely evening.
The champagne flowed freely while dessert lovers descended on a dizzying array of sweets from the book, including Fluffernutter cookies from Rebecca Masson, Carrot Cake from Dessert Gallery, Pear Cake from Dacapo's, Blueberry Tarts from Marks, Coconut Cream Tarts from Shade, Crema Catalana from Arturo's, Baklava Tarts from Rainbow Lodge, White Chocolate Bread Pudding from Ruggles, Tres Leches Cake from El Tiempo, Creole Bread Pudding from Brennan's, Chocolate Truffles from Mockingbird Bistro and Pecan Pralines from Molina's. I didn't get to sample anything at the launch, but I spent the next afternoon in a heavenly sugar coma enjoying the only three remaining carrot cupcakes. Thanks again to Arturo and Bill, all of the chefs that contributed their amazing creations and my friends, family and supporters... all of whom made me feel so special. I can't wait for the launch of the Houston Classic Mexican cookbook in February, 2011!