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The Cheesecake Competition Recap

So hey all, I finally have time to post some info on the HGC’s First Annual Cheesecake Competition. It’s been very delayed, but better late than never.

So let’s get down to the entries for this year:

First up was this tasty entry of a White Chocolate and Raspberry.

That was followed up by this Kona Coffee Cheesecake and in the creator’s words:

This is a traditional style cheesecake with a rich, full-bodied coffee flavor, accented by a bittersweet chocolate ganache. A chocolate mac nut crust adds texture to the smoothness of the cheesecake. The bold chocolate and coffee flavors are balanced by a refreshing vanilla bean whipped cream. This dessert is the perfect finish to any meal.


Next up was this Ohelo Berry Cheesecake. This cheesecake was described as:

As a sinfully rich cheesecake with cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, sugar and eggs. Topped with Ohelo Berry Preserves. A blend of continental cuisine with a touch of local flavor.


Following up and the winner of the competition was this Toasted Pecan and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake. The following description was given:

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust, Valrhona Chocolate Cheesecake, Fresh Caramel with a Hint of Lemon, Topped with Fleur de Sel & Toasted Pecans

Inspiration From Sea Salt Caramels by Fran’s Chocolates

It sounds delicious reading it, no?

The last entry of the competition, but certainly not least was this Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping and Animal Cracker Crust.

After much deliberation and gorging themselves on five cheesecakes the judges awarded the Toasted Pecan and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake the most points. The creator of this cheesecake won a $30 gift certificate to Ala Moana Shopping Center, but more importantly the “crown.”

Isn’t that awesome? I designed it myself . . . well with the help of the people at the cap-making store.

So that was what happened at the HGC’s First Annual Cheesecake Competition. Look forward to it next year and hopefully more competitors and new cheesecake creations!

Oh yeah, be sure to check out more of the photos taken by our awesome photographer here.


HGC’s 1st Annual Cheesecake Competition Aftermath

Just wanted to do a quick post telling everyone that the HGC’s 1st Annual Cheesecake Competition went very well. To be sure there is room for improvement for planning and execution, but the event met the main goals of the HGC.  Food, Friends and Fun!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended and participated. Pictures and an in-depth recap will be forthcoming to this blog sometime during this week. Most likely, Wed. or Thursday. As always suscribe to this blog, and you will receive updates to your e-mail when there are new posts.

Can’t wait to share with you all the delicious pictures of the awesome cheesecakes!

Cheesecake Competition Rules Coming Soon!

One Cake to Rule Them All

Hey Participants, Judges, and Cheesecake Lovers I’ll be posting the Cheesecake rules soon because this August 21, the Honolulu Grub Club will have its first Cheesecake Competition among its members. Check back here to read the rules for participating in the contest. The rules shall also be e-mailed directly to participants and judges. 

So start thinking what kind of baking masterpiece you are going to create!

By the way it’s still not too late to join the competition. E-mail me if you’d like to participate. Look for the rules on Monday, August 9th!

Don’t Jail Hot Dog Eaters!

This is unrelated to the post below, I just thought it looked cute. (Felony Franks)

NPR reported over this past weekend that Japanese eating champion (I can’t believe it’s now become a norm to have eating champions?!) Takeru Kobayashi was freed from jail. He was jailed for obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, trespassing and disorderly conduct. I guess we take our eating competitions seriously in this country. Apparently, he was not allowed to “compete” because of a contract dispute . . . I don’t know how any of this makes sense. If anyone can explain this to me it would be appreciated.

This year’s winner Joey “Jaws” Chestnut won $20,000 for eating 68 hot dogs. He was disappointed at his performance. He wanted to down 70 dogs in 10 minutes . . .

Speaking of eating competitions . . . well the competing part that is does anyone want to compete in a Cheesecake Throwdown? I already have some competitors and judges, but the more the merrier or cheesier?

The Social Power of Cheesecake

It's cheesecake party time!

Cheesecake and the internet, together they are a powerful force. Specifically, Cake Envy has proven that for small businesses, word-of-mouth, whether in-person or via a Facebook message, can help a business. In this Pacific Business News article, Amy Brookes, owner of Cake Envy, talks about how Facebook is one of the largest generators of business.

In general, I feel that the internet has helped small businesses leverage the power of easy marketing tools. However, Amy is right to point out that old-fashioned networking is still helpful.

I think the real bottom line is that having a good product worthy to talk about whether via Facebook, Twitter, or in your face is what counts. When it comes to food, if it tastes bad no one is going to talk about it. If they do, they will say how bad it is, so at your next party bring a good cheesecake. You will be making friends, and friends for the business you bought the cheesecake from.