Golden Foodie Awards Announces the 2013 Golden Sweets

Enjoy these delightful desserts now until September 29.

Newport Beach, CA, July 25, 2013 --( The 2013 Golden Foodie Awards is pleased to reveal four star-studded treats: “The Golden Affogato,” “Midas Tart,” “The Golden Velvet Cupcake,” and “Bonbons of Gold,” crafted exclusively in honor of this year’s ceremony. The decadent “Golden Affogato” and “Midas Tart” will be available at Kean Coffee locations. The “Golden Velvet Cupcake,” will be available as featured menu item at Casey’s Cupcakes leading up to the 2013 Golden Foodie Awards gala on September 29, 2013 where the rich and sinful “Bonbons of Gold” from Valenza Chocolatier will be premiered. These beautiful chocolates will be available for purchase beginning October 1, 2013.

Kean Coffee, a popular coffeehouse in Orange County, handcrafted the “Golden Affogato,” to be served exclusively at Kean Coffee Newport Beach and Tustin locations. This red-carpet ready menu item features a single shot of Kean’s smooth espresso pulled and poured immediately over the top of a generous scoop of Lola’s local artisan vanilla ice cream, then finished with chocolate shavings and a salty caramel drizzle.

The “Midas Tart,” created by last year’s Golden Pastry Chef winner Chef Rachel Klemek, is not for the faint of heart. This mouthwatering treat features a layer of dark chocolate ganache cradled in a chocolate tart shell, topped with toasted almonds, plump dates, orange zest, rosewater caramel and finished with a grand finale of gold dusted almonds. This richly flavored tart is available at Kean Coffee and can be found at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, where Chef Klemek resides, creating one-of-a-kind desserts combining traditional European techniques with exotic flavors.

Casey’s Cupcakes will feature the official cupcake of the Golden Foodie Awards, the “Golden Velvet Cupcake.” This commanding confection is made of moist red velvet cake topped with light, creamy frosting and adorned with 24 carat gold dust, glamorous gold glitter and gold-covered candy pearls.

"It is such a great honor that The OC Restaurant Association has selected Casey's Cupcakes to be the official cupcake provider of the Golden Foodie Awards,” said Casey Reinhardt, owner of Casey’s Cupcakes. “We are excited for the return of our glamorous and delicious Golden Velvet Cupcake for this special occasion."

Customers can experience the Golden Velvet Cupcake at any Casey’s Cupcakes locations for $4.50 each or a six-pack of cupcakes for $24.00 when you mention the special code “24 carat.”

Valenza Chocolatier is privileged to indulge the foodie community with an adult-version of the peanut butter cup confection that is a common childhood favorite. The featured “Bonbons of Gold” perfectly unite rich 41% milk Venezuelan single bean origin fair trade chocolate and organic peanut butter then finished with a hint of Sicilian sea salt enclosed in a velvety chocolate gold-dusted shell. These exclusive “Bonbons of Gold” will premier at the Golden Foodie Awards gala and Orange County will be able to savor the same experience during the month of October by purchasing online at

Local foodies are encouraged to participate in the “Golden Dine Out” throughout the month of August, where you can vote for best chef, restaurant, and cuisine, in Orange County by submitting your top favorites online at Tickets to the Golden Foodie awards gala are available for $150 a person at through July 31. After July 31 ticket prices will raise to $200 per person.

Remember to stay connected with the Golden Foodie Awards through this exciting season of food, community, and culture at

The Golden Foodie Awards
The Golden Foodie Awards is a red carpet culinary awards show celebrating the best in local food, restaurants and chefs. The Golden Foodie Awards season launches annually in spring with a calendar of special foodie events at restaurants and venues throughout the county leading up to the main Awards night gala in September at The Fairmont Newport Beach. Sponsors: Fairmont Newport Beach, Sub-Zero Wolf, Melissa's Produce, Celebrity Cruises, Groupon, Patron Tequila, Chambord Vodka, Kéan Coffee, Sadie Rose Baking Company, The District at Tustin Legacy, Open Table, Code 4 Media, The ACE Agency, La Crema Wine, Aloha SDCR, Ritual Brewing and Casey's Cupcakes.

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Tricia Cook